A Shibadox is the intentional (or unintentional!) breeding of a Shiba Inu and Dachshund. Just like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get when you adopt a Shibadox. They can take on the stubbornness of both parent breeds, or be more reserved like the Shiba Inu. What you will most likely find with your new furry friend, however, is that they don’t need a lot of exercise or attention to be happy. Instead, they will do what you’re doing, and happily so. Even though they have a very independent nature, they will still enjoy carrying out the following activities with you.
Swimming is an excellent hot-day activity for both you and your Shibadox – especially since it can be challenging for dogs to regulate their body temperature on their own. However, what you may find is that because of the Dachshund parentage, short legs can hold your Shibadox back. Instead of being able to swim with confidence, they may flounder and sink. If you want to avoid a nasty first experience in the water, it’s crucial for them to learn to swim in a secure and safe environment. Because of the need for a life jacket, it’s a moderately priced exercise rather than being free, but it’s one that only takes half an hour and involves a leash, toy and a towel.
Massage may not seem like the most conventional activity for dogs, but you will be surprised at how much it relaxes your Shibadox – particularly on a rainy day when they can’t get outside to take part in normal activities. It’s easy to do, requires no special tools, and will give you and your Shibadox 20 minutes of relaxation. If you are involved in massage – either as a hobby or a profession, you will love how seamlessly you can include your dog. This free and easy activity is well worth your consideration, especially when you find out it can reduce stress and anxiety while being an aid for healing.
Doga is a new phenomenon, catching on as more people discover that Yoga classes have various benefits. As many people do everything with their dogs, it seems only natural that the next step is to include them in yoga – which all of a sudden became known as Doga. Doga is a range of exercises you can do with your dog to help them relieve stress and promote healing. It’s a free activity, requires no tools (although, you may want to use your yoga mat), takes only 10 minutes, and you can do it in any weather. What’s more, it has a reasonable difficulty level which means that anyone – a yoga expert or not – will find it straightforward to carry out with their Shibadox.
The Shibadox can be very reserved, which is why trips to the dog park from an early age are so necessary. You need to be able to trust your furry friend with other dogs, allowing them to see that other doggos are friends, not foes! What’s more, such activity will wear them out so they will want to come home and nap!
Shibadox dogs don’t require a lot of physical activity. Even if you leave them to their own devices all day, they won’t be tearing at the door to get out and enjoy nature. However, for their physical fitness, it’s crucial you include a regular walk into their routine. You can do a few laps around the neighborhood or even head on a bush walk or through the park.
A Shibadox is a pawsitively delightful dog because they are low maintenance. You can include them in your errands, chores, and hobbies, and you don’t need to dedicate a lot of time to their physical and mental stimulation. However, if you want to include them in activities that are a little outside the realm of “standard,” then these above will surely tick all the boxes.