Activities For A Sharberian Husky

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Introduction

What a wonderful mix of breeds! The Sharberian Husky is half Siberian Husky and half Chinese Shar-Pei so what you get is a gorgeous and intelligent dog with a tendency to have wrinkles. To be honest, the result is usually only wrinkly until they are fully grown, which is about fifty to sixty pounds. These beautiful wolf-like animals are built to be tough and have plenty of energy, so they need a lot of physical activity every day.  The activities you choose to do with your dog should fit both you and your pooch so try out a few and see which ones your furry friend and you enjoy doing together.

Dog Sled Racing

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Cold Day
Moderate
Hard
2 - 3 hrs
Items needed
water
treats
tow ropes
sled
Harness
Activity description
This is the original Husky dog sport, with the first known dog sledding team dating all the way back to 2000 BC. That makes this the oldest dog sport known. The sport of dog sled racing has gone through some controversial times due to people who take advantage of or abuse animals just because they can. However, real sled dog racing is a safe and fun sport that your Sharberian Husky would probably love. There is one drawback; you have to have access to snow to do this activity. Although some people have tried to perform dog sled racing on dirt or sand, it is best done in the snow and preferably in a cold area because these dogs have thick, double-coats. That would make pulling a heavy sled on a hot, sunny beach in Florida a really bad idea.
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Get ready
Before you tie a sled to your dog and yell “Mush,” it is important that you make sure your pooch is up to the task. A thorough physical examination by a veterinarian is essential for your dog before you start out with any physically exertive activity. So, take your Balto to see the doc to make sure your pup is physically able to do this type of sport.
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Get set
Once your pup is cleared for sledding, you have to see if they are ready to mush. If you just want your dog to pull your kids on a sled when it snows, that is pretty simple and easy to do but if you want them to be part of a team, that will take a lot of time and practice. You have to learn some things too, like using the right commands. Some of these include “mush, easy, and whoa.” However, there are many more, so you will need to do your homework before you try to teach Balto to bolt.
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Mush!
Unless you plan to join a dog sled team, you should probably stick with the easy stuff like pulling you or the kids around the yard. Just grab a light plastic or wicker sled and use a tow rope and harness to attach it to your dog. Let them pull it around empty at first and then start putting weight on it a little at a time. Use common sense and safety measures at all times so everyone has fun without getting hurt.
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Carting

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
2 - 3 hrs
Items needed
harness
wood carting poles
cart or wagon
treats
Activity description
If you do not live in an area where you can find snow readily, you could try carting. This is also good if you just want to work with your dog rather than a whole team of dogs. Not only is pulling a cart great fun and good exercise, it can also be extremely helpful for you. Imagine walking home from the store with your pooch pulling a cart full of dog food or hauling your tools or dirt while you work in the yard. Carting can also include fun stuff like pulling your kids around in a wagon or even pulling the other pets around. Your Sharberian Husky is built for pulling but don’t forget that they have that thick coat so don’t spend too much time out there pulling everyone around in the heat during the summer.
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Get checked out
Like sled dog racing, first you need to get a physical approval from the vet before you introduce your pooch to the harness. Let them wear it all over the house and when you take them for a walk to get used to having it on. Then, try attaching your dog to an empty cardboard box or wicker basket. Let your dog pull that around empty for a while and then build up the weight a bit at a time
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Commands and practice
Teaching your dog the right commands such as “go and stop” while pulling the box or basket should continue for about a week or so. Then you should introduce the wooden poles that are used to pull the cart. Let your furry friend pull them around for about 30 minutes a day until they are used to the feel of them.
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Start your cart
Attach the cart to the wooden poles after about two weeks of letting your dog pull the poles around by themselves. Once your dog is comfortable pulling the empty cart, you can let them pull a little weight, building up weight a little at a time. The weight your dog pulls should never exceed three times their weight.
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Disc Dogging

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Frisbee or disc
treats
Activity description
While some people refer to this sport as frisbee dog, the more generic disc dog term is accepted by more people all over the world. Disc dogging does not have to be a competitive sport as many people just like to go to the park with their dog and throw the disc to them. It can be a fun hobby or a serious sport, depending on whether you and your pooch like it and how much time you have to dedicate to the activity. If you go for competition, there are many different organizations all over the world and there is even a Canine Frisbee Disc World Championship. Your Sharberian Husky could be the next world champ!
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Playing catch
The first step for any type of activity should be checking to see if your pooch likes the game. If you throw the disc and your dog just looks at it and walks away, you may want to try something else. But, maybe not. Some dogs just need a little coaxing. Try giving your dog a treat every time they catch the disc and their opinion of the game may change.
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Compete when ready
If your dog gets so good at the sport that you think a competition is in your future, keep practicing and find out as much about the competitive sport as you can. Once your dog is a pro, check out the local competitions and see if your dog still seems into it. Some dogs do not like big crowds or being around other dogs so be sure your pooch is not shy before entering.
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Jogging

This activity is only good if you and your dog are both into this sort of thing. Of course, all dogs love to run, but not all people. However, if jogging is your thing, you can teach your pooch to jog alongside you every day while you both get your exercise.

Swimming

Believe it or not, all dogs are not natural swimmers. Some people just think their dog will jump into the water and start doggy paddling away but in many cases, you have to teach your dog the basics. Start out with a doggy life vest and harness for safety and always watch your dog when around any bodies of water.

Conclusion

Your Sharberian Husky will likely enjoy playing with you no matter what sport or activity you decide on, but it is a good idea to let your dog’s personality choose the game most of the time. After all, it’s supposed to be a dog activity, right? Just going for a walk or playing fetch in the back yard can make your dog happy most days so make sure you spend some quality time with Fido every day.