Wetterhouns are beautiful dogs of a medium size with a thick and curly coat. They make brilliant family pets, are exceptionally tolerant of children, and make loyal yet gentle guard dogs as well. However, their most significant trait is their retrieval skill both on land and in the water. Traditionally, people would use them for hunting waterfowl and for guarding, but by World War II, Wetterhouns were almost an extinct breed. Through careful and select breeding, the breed is finally gaining popularity, mainly as a family pet. If you’re the lucky owner of a Wetterhoun and you want to spoil them with fun activities, you can find a few of the many options below.
If you own a Wetterhoun, there’s every reason to believe you want to use their duck hunting skills to your advantage. After all, while they make an ideal family pet, they are a rare breed which means hunters want to own them. As a result, if you want something for your Wetterhoun to do, give them a job to do – hunt ducks. When duck hunting season rolls around, which is typically in any weather, plan for a day of hunting. Pack food and water and your pup’s leash and get ready to go. You’re sure to find they are more than up to the challenge.
Given your pup’s natural desire to be in the water, it’s a great idea to take them to your local river or beach when the summer heat is too much to bear. Not only do you reap the rewards of a refreshing swim, but so too will your pup. What’s more, Wetterhoun fur tends to dry quite quickly, while being somewhat water-resistant as well. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about spending hours with a comb and blow dryer. All you need to do is choose a location, grab a leash and a toy and head to the beach for an hour of play.
Wetterhouns require a significant amount of exercise. After all, people bred them for use in hunting environments, so they are adept at walking and running for miles. Therefore, if you find yourself in ownership of one, you need to ensure you can dedicate at least one hour per day to their requirements. A long walk is a good idea, and is both free and easy to do. What’s more, all you need for the trip is a leash and a doggy waste bag. If you can find a secluded field for them to run and chase, even better, but if not, a trip around your town’s streets will suffice.
Wetterhouns love to please their owners, so you will find puppy training is going to be far easier with this breed than with many others. They are persistent, always want to get the job done right, and will continue to do what you ask until they succeed. In essence, they are a faithful and loyal pup that thinks the world of their owners. To find a puppy training class, look online, in your phonebook, or talk to people. Classes typically run for between six and eight weeks for an hour or two per week.
While duck hunting is one of the main activities above, on-land trips are also something at which Wetterhouns excel. Therefore, if you find yourself in need of meat for the freezer, take your pooch on a hunting expedition. Even if you are away for an entire weekend, they will continue to surprise you with their adaptability, keen eye, and thrill for the hunt.
Wetterhouns tick all the boxes as they not only make faithful hunting acquaintances but loving family pets as well. If you’re waiting for hunting season to begin, don’t furget to try any of these activities above. They are all methods for not only keeping your pup entertained but for keeping them in shape for when the real fun begins.