Activities For A Japanese Spitz

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Introduction

The Japanese Spitz is a small breed with the heart and personality of a big watchdog. Native to Japan, this breed resembles American Eskimo Dogs or Samoyeds, albeit smaller and white in color. This dog was developed primarily for companionship, which is why they are quite good with people, particularly children and seniors. Furthermore, this breed is a great choice for a home pet or for those living in apartments because they are low-maintenance when it comes to grooming and exercise and are content with just staying in. Because of their intelligence, trainability and protectiveness, the Japanese Spitz has become more and more popular among dog owners all over the world. 

Picnic Date

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Picnic basket
Picnic blanket
Food
Water
Toys
leash
waste bags
Activity description

One of the most prominent qualities of a Japanese Spitz that dog lovers appreciate is their loyalty towards their owners. Japanese Spitz are built for human companionship and would like to always be involved in the activities of their family. A good activity to do to spend some quality time with your pooch is to plan a picnic date. There is no better feeling than hanging out with your pooch while enjoying a meal together and taking in beautiful sights and views. You can also sit back and relax while your Japanese Spitz cuddles with you or goes around to play. Most of us enjoy a picnic on a sunny day; this activity is easily put together with a bit of food and some toys for initiating fun.

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Prepare your picnic stuff
Before you can have your date with your dog, plan out what to bring for the picnic. You will need a blanket to sit on outside and food for both you and your pooch. Picnics are a fun time to enjoy special treats. Search online for some cupcake recipes just for dogs and whip up a batch before heading out. Make sure to bring enough water as well, especially if the weather is warm and if you have plans to play with your dog during the picnic.
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Made in the shade
Choose a spot where you can have your picnic, preferably one that has a great ambiance. Good options include a dog park or a lake with great views (just make sure that the place is dog-friendly). Set up your things in the shade and have a good meal with your dog. Afterward, you can play together - tire your Japanese Spitz out with energetic games and then have a nap!
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Fly a Kite

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Kite
Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description

Flying kites is a traditional activity during one’s childhood and still holds some entertainment value in later years! Kites not only look good, they are also quite fun (and sometimes even challenging) to fly. Every now and then, you might come across one flying during the cool breeze by the beach or in an open field. If you want to experience that nostalgic moment, why not bring your pooch and fly a kite together? This is a fun activity that can help stimulate your Japanese Spitz physically and mentally. At the same time, you also get to relive a piece of your childhood.  Kites are not expensive to buy or build and provide hours of fun for both you and your Japanese Spitz!

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Buy or make a kite
In the old days, children used to play with actual toys such as kites, which were made out of scrap material. While you could still do this for some added novelty, you also have the option of buying a kite to save you all the time and trouble. With this day’s digital age, however, it might be difficult to find one. In case you do not know where to purchase one, you can easily create your own. Look up instructions online on how to make a kite and simply follow the procedures.
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Feel the breeze
Once you have bought or made your kite, you need to find a wide open space with a good breeze. The spot you choose should have no trees, electric lines, houses or any other things your kite can get caught on. When you find the perfect spot, you can then start the fun. Slowly reel out the kite while you move with the wind’s direction. You can even have your Japanese Spitz hold on to the ball of string and command them to stay while you hold on to the kite and start reeling it out until it starts soaring through the sky. When the kite is up in the air, move around with it and watch as your dog follows suit. This activity will provide plenty of running and movement for your pal
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Therapy Dog

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Certification
Activity description

Therapy dogs are canines that bring comfort to other people who need it, such as seniors in nursing homes and sick children in the hospital. Any breed can become a therapy dog as long as they have the right temperament; good therapy dogs should be patient, gentle, calm and friendly. Moreover, they should relish affection and attention from people other than their owners. All these requirements make the Japanese Spitz a great candidate for therapy dog training. The Spitz is a loving breed that enjoys human companionship. When trained, this breed can help bring joy and happiness to others who need it the most. Training will involve courses but before you know it, your dog will be ready to help people of all ages.

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Apply as a therapy dog
To turn your pooch into a therapy dog, you first have to apply with a reputable organization that is recognized all over the country. One of the authorities when it comes to anything dog-related is the American Kennel Club. The AKC offers a Therapy Dog application and tests such as the Canine Good Citizen Test which can determine if your pooch can become a therapy dog. Therapy dogs need to be willing to sit still for lengths at a time, so your dog will be tested to see how well they respond to commands.
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Get your pooch registered
Once your Japanese Spitz goes through and passes the necessary tests, you can then have them registered as an official therapy dog. Certification will require that your dog be okay with loud noises, the sounds of medical machinery, the quick movements of children, and more. The American Kennel Club also has a long list of organizations for therapy dog certifications found on their website; all you have to do is choose one where you can register your dog.
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Find a place to volunteer in
After the registration is complete and your dog is officially a therapy dog, you can start looking for places that accept volunteer therapy dogs. Sometimes, your local kennel club will have programs specifically for dogs with therapy dog certifications. When you find a place to volunteer in, ask about how your pooch can contribute to their cause.
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Puzzle Games

Aside from physical exercise, your Japanese Spitz also needs some form of mental stimulation to keep them happy. Puzzle games are a good way to challenge your dog’s mind. Plus, it requires no effort from your end since part of the challenge is for your dog to figure out how the toys work. All you have to do is buy the game and let your dog do all the thinking.

Doggy Massage

The Japanese Spitz is a breed that thrives on affection and companionship. A great way to express your love and care for your pup is through physical care and contact. Massages have been proven to help relax dogs and relieve any pain in the joints. It also helps in forming a connection between you and your dog. 

Conclusion

If you are looking for an intelligent and friendly dog that is easy to maintain and care for, then the Japanese Spitz is a good option for you. This white dog is a dedicated member of the family with a heart and personality that goes well beyond their physical size. With the appropriate activities, positive reinforcement and a lot of love and affection, the Japanese Spitz can surely become the ultimate pet.