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Gun Dog Breeders: Fitness Tips for Keeping Dogo Argentino in Shape for Hunting Season

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The Dogo Argentino breed is hard wired to hunt. These dogs are experts at tracking and catching big and small game. However, to be effective hunting companions, these Argentinian mastiffs, as they are sometimes known, must be in top physical condition. Here are three fitness tips from gun dog breeders for getting and keeping your Dogo in shape for hunting season.

1. Make Exercise Regular

Because of their athletic build and their high drive for pursuing prey, the American Kennel Club reported that Argentine Dogos can destroy homeowners' property, most typically furniture, out of sheer boredom if they don't receive regular exercise. When they are given clear boundaries and rules from their owner to follow and generous doses of daily exercise, from long walks to training games to trips to dog parks, Dogos are extremely well behaved in the home, not to mention in healthy physical condition.

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2. Make Exercise Rigorous

Dogo Argentinos are naturally energetic pets that need arduous exercise to get ready for hunting season, according to Pet Guide. Rigorous fitness for hunting Dogos can start with running; Dogos are outstanding jogging partners, with the ability to run with owners for a few miles at a time. These mastiffs can also be trained for hunting through opportunities to climb and run on a wide range of terrains – hills, valleys, trails, streams, or mountains – whatever is handy in your area. Dogos are also fast and strong enough to accompany owners on bike trips and hiking expeditions, according to Las Pampas Kennels.

3. Make Exercise Meaningful

Dogos are a working breed of dog, according to Pet Guide. Argentinian mastiffs are at their most content when owners give them a meaningful job to accomplish that allows the dogs to use both their athleticism and their high degree of intelligence.

To train your Argentinian pup for hunting, start small. Place your puppy in controlled environments where they can learn and experience success, according to Los Cazadores Dogo Kennels. Situations like attacking a boar in a fenced-in area will satisfy your dog's dual need for exercise and training. These training opportunities will build your Dogo's confidence and help it see itself as a hunting dog. Then escalate the difficulty of training activities to sharpen your dog's hunting skills and strengthen their bodies for the hunt.

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The Dogo Argentino breed is hard wired to hunt. These dogs are experts at tracking and catching big and small game. However, to be effective hunting companions, these Argentinian mastiffs, as they are sometimes known, must be in top physical condition.
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