Podenco is the Spanish word for hound and the Podenco is not a single breed. Instead, Podenco describes a group of several simlar breeds. They are bred as rabbit hunting dogs. Podencos are mentioned as hunting companions in Spanish literature at least since the 15th century. Podenco breeds differ in size and coat type. Podencos hunt using sight, scent and hearing.
Even if they are living as companions, most hunting dogs appreciate the chance to use their hunting instincts. Giving them safe opportunities is likely to keep them feeling happy and settled - and less likely to develop behaviour problems.
Hiding toys or food in long grass for your dog to find using their nose - you could also wrap food or toys in paper bags that would rustle as the dog got close.
Putting out blue toys or blue pots of food out for your dog to look for. Blue is highly visible to dogs and will be easy for a sight hunting dog to spot. If you wanted to, you could attach fabric streamers that would blow in the wind as well.
Many hunting dogs enjoy the sport of mantrailing as it allows them to use their hunting instincts.
Others love to do sports like canicross where they are able to run in areas with lots of wildlife to see, hear and smell.
Using a flirt pole or a thrown toy can give hunting dogs who love to chase and grab the opportunity perform those much loved behaviours without any animals getting hurt.
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Predatory Motor Sequence statistics for Podencos. The graph shows the percentage of Podencos in my research study that had a strong level of interest in each behaviour.
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