Activities For A Pyrenees Husky

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Introduction

The Pyrenees Husky may very well be the epitome of what it means to be a snow dog; these dogs descend from the Great Pyrenees Dog and the Siberian Husky - two breeds who are renowned for their ability to work in the snow with ease. Though the appearance of Pyrenees Huskies may vary from dog to dog, all members of this hybrid breed of dog possess thick coats and strong builds. Because of this, you can go mushing, joring, mountain climbing, and possibly even caving with one of these dogs! The Pyrenees Husky has the potential to make a great companion for anyone who lives an active lifestyle and is open to trying new things.

Canine-Friendly Caving

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
2 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Helmet and headlamp
Leash
Snacks and Water
Waste Bags
First Aid Kit
Activity description
Caving (also known as spelunking) is an activity in which individuals or groups navigate through cave systems via a predetermined path. When done correctly, caving can be a fun and safe way to admire some of Mother Nature's more underappreciated qualities while burning a few calories along the way. This definitely isn't the sort of activity that one can just throw themselves at without a care in the world; preparation is key to ensuring that things go smoothly. Dogs can actually make the experience much easier, as they'll become privy to potential hazards much sooner than a human likely will. We'll get into how to prep for a caving trip, as well as a number of best practices during the trip, down below. For now, we'd recommend saving up about $100 to $200 to buy all the equipment you'll need for a trip. You can also technically go caving during any sort of weather you'd like to.
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Only fools rush in
Right off the bat, we'd like to discourage anyone who's never gone caving before to stick with cave systems that have already been mapped out. If you can get a guide, or a more experienced friend, to show you the ropes then that's all the better. In general, the first thing you should do when preparing for a caving trip is to research the area you're thinking about exploring. Try to learn its history and geography before you even get there. And steer away from any caves that are known to house predatory animals like bears, cougars, and snakes. As for your Pyrenees Husky, acclimate them to climbing and hiking within a cave by going on a few hilly treks a few times a week prior to the caving day.
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Prep and go
Above, we mentioned that you'd need to buy some caving equipment. To get a bit more specific, you'll certainly need a helmet with a headlamp and a caving harness for yourself and your dog if the system you plan on exploring has any inclines or declines in it. It's also never a bad idea to bring a fully stocked first aid kit with you, just in case you or your dog get nicked during the trip. If you're travelling through a mapped out system, we recommend bringing a map along with you. When in the cave, keep your Pyrenees Husky close to you at all times. Don't let them venture off. Break for water and snacks as required - even when you think you do not need them. Watch your dog's fatigue level as well and finish the day before exhaustion sets in.
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Boardjoring

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Cold Day
Expensive
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Snowboarding Gear
Joring Harness
Musher's Wax
Waste Bags
Water
Activity description
Boardjoring is something of a colloquialism; the term refers to a sport that combines snowboarding with joring... and for those of you who aren't aware, joring is a term that refers to dog powered travel. So when you look at the term holistically, boardjoring just means dog powered snowboarding. You won't be able to do too many insane tricks while travelling this way, but that really isn't the point - boardjoring is all about working with your Pyrenees Husky to achieve a common goal while bonding together. To that end, your dog will need to know how to understand vocal commands as well as be comfortable in a joring harness. All in all, this winter activity is worth the expense as the benefits to happiness and health are priceless.
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Getting things moving
The first and largest barrier to this activity would be the vocal commands we mentioned earlier. Until you can get your dog to move in a certain direction and change their speed with only your voice, the rest of this activity will remain a distant dream. Luckily doing so isn't as difficult as you might think; the next time you go for a walk with your Pyrenees Husky implement joring commands like "haw left" and "haw right" when you want them to turn. Reiteration is the biggest key to getting these commands to stick, so get ready to sound like a broken record for the next few weeks.
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Poetry in motion
After training for enough time, you and your dog will be ready to put yourselves to the test. Head to a snowy area that's got a bit of an incline and decline to it, strap on your joring equipment, and then put all of that practice into, well, practice. Things likely won't go off without a hitch the first time around, but that's okay! However much progress you and your Pyrenees Husky make this first time around, aim to eclipse that the next time.
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Helping Hound

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 - 45 min
Items needed
Leash
Utility Cart
Treats
Activity description
Since both Great Pyrenees dogs and Siberian Huskies are regarded as incredibly intelligent dogs, one may assume that Pyrenees Huskies are just as smart as either of their parents. While assuming usually can get folks into a lot of trouble, they would actually be right in this case as Pyrenees Huskies are very sharp in between their big ol' pointy ears. These dogs are so mentally sharp, in fact, that you can get them to help you perform a number of tasks around the house. Even if all your Pyrenees Husky does is pull your tools around for you, their help ought to speed things along to some degree. All you really need to spend money on is a box of dog treats (and possibly a utility cart if you don't already have one).
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The name game
This step is fairly simple enough. Get your tools and then lay them out in front of your dog. Next, get your Pyrenees Husky's attention and position them next to the tools. After that, you'll just need to hold up a tool, show it to your dog, and then say the name of the tool. Do this a few times to really sink in the point before quizzing your dog; ask your pup to pick up a particular tool like a hammer or a wrench. Keep asking them (and gesturing to the tool) until your dog actually picks it up. Praise and reward them for their effort, then repeat with the same tool over a period of days. Once that item is mastered, you can move on with any tools that your dog will be able to safely pick up.
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Handy hound
The same principal from earlier can be applied to your utility cart if you have one. Teach your dog what a cart even is, then show them how to move it by grabbing the handle. This is actually an easier method than the first one, but only by comparison - you'll still have to spend quite a bit of time reinforcing the task with your dog but it will be worth it in the end.
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Musical Chairs

Your Great Pyrenees Husky can get in on this ancient children's game, even without a chair per se. Just play some music while you're hanging out with your dog, walk around in a circle with them, them stop the music and stand still as quickly as possible. Your dog will eventually catch on and attempt to stop on a dime once they hear the music cut off.

Dog Cosplay

Cosplaying has become much more well known these days so we imagine most of you have at least a passing familiarity with the concept. To sum it up though, Cosplaying is all about dressing up as your favorite fictional character to the best of your ability. You can get your Great Pyrenees in on the action, as there's a surprisingly large number of fictional canine characters with similar looks and builds to your dog.

Round Robin Recall

This activity is a great way to teach a young puppy their name as well as help them memorize the faces and voices of your friends and family. Here's what you have to do: gather as many members of your inner circle into a circle as you can, give everyone a few dog treats and then walk your dog into the middle of the circle. Then, have everyone take turns calling your puppy over to them by name, before rewarding your Pyrenees Husky with a treat.

Conclusion

We feel that Pyrenees Huskies are truly remarkable dogs that have a lot of potential. After reading through this article, we hope that you've come to feel the same way about these rather versatile hybrids. In these sorts of guides, we don't really get to talk about a dog's temperament too much (in large part due to the fact that we've already done so via our Great Pyrenees Husky Breed Guide - which you should totally check out when you're done here!) Suffice it to say that the Pyrenees Husky is a very friendly, loyal, and compassionate dog that's always calm and cool. Really, the only reason that a person may want to avoid adopting one of these dogs is due to not having enough room to house them.