Activities For Alaskan Goldenmutes

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Introduction

Alaskan Goldenmutes are very interesting and distinct dog breeds; many of them have fluffy coats that make them borderline look like wolves while others look like Golden Retrievers who spent a bit too much time rolling around in the mud. Despite the unique and rather unusual appearance of the Alaskan Goldenmute, these are every bit as friendly and good-natured as either of their parents. Alaskan Goldenmutes are able to socialize just as well as their Golden Retriever parents while also being as hardy and rough-and-tumble as their Alaskan Malamute parents. Snow activities and others that make use of their strong sense of smell will do wonders for your Alaskan Goldenmute's development.

Find the Fish

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
15 min
Items needed
Fresh fish
Water
Activity description
Find the fish is one of those activities we mentioned that makes excellent use of your Alaskan Goldenmute's innate sense of smell. Fish tend to emit a strong odor, which is why we ranked this activity on the easier scale of things, but you'll also have to think outside of the box in order to provide a good challenge for your dog. The particular kind of fish that you use doesn't really matter because you won't be allowing your dog to partake in large amounts; the idea here is to introduce your dog to the fish and then ask them to find it based on smell alone after you've hidden it.
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Location is everything
Alaskan Goldenmutes can handle the snow just fine, so if you'd like to try this activity in a cold area then we say go for it. Conversely, you and your dog can also give this activity a go in an area like a forest or the beach if your Alaskan Goldenmute likes those kinds of places.
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Getting down and dirty
The gist is that you'll hide a few pieces a fish in certain places in an area, let your dog smell a piece, and then ask them to find the others using their sense of smell. You'll want to use a command like "find it" or even "fetch" to prompt your dog to start looking for the other pieces. When you're hiding the pieces, try to place them in areas that your dog can safely reach that aren't too easy to find. Keep the morsels of fish tiny as to not end up with a dog with an upset stomach if this is not part of their normal diet.
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Boating

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Life Jackets
First Aid Kit
Leash
Boat (Manual or Motorized)
Activity description
Boating is a subject that we here at Wag! are familiar with - in fact, we've written a number of articles about the activity and others a lot like it. Because of our familiarity with boating, we know that Golden Retrievers are one of those dog breeds that really enjoys the water. This affinity for all things aquatic has been passed down to their Alaskan Goldenmute offspring, who also feel very much so at home while they're at sea. Alaskan Goldenmutes are good swimmers and will enjoy being able to play a number of water games while the two of you are out boating.
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Always put safety first
The key to successfully completing a boating run isn't what you do during the trip but everything you do beforehand; getting life jackets for yourself and your dog, making sure that your vessel is in seafaring shape, and making certain that your First Aid kits are fully stocked are just a few of the steps needed for a successful trip.
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Set sail
After all of the busy work has been taken care of, you and your dog will be ready to cruise the seas. If there's ever a time where you dock your vessel, consider playing a few games with your dog at that point. We didn't list it as a necessity but consider taking a ball along with you so you and your dog can play a few matches of water polo or give dock diving a try.
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Difficult Hiking

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Hiking Equipment
Food and Water
First Aid Kit
Activity description
Difficult hiking technically just refers to hiking trails that are more physically intense than normal, but this activity might as well be considered an entirely different activity than a normal trail; difficult hiking trails often require one to rough it out through very trying terrain, such as rocking mountainsides or snowy hilltops. Fortunately for Alaskan Goldenmute owners, they've just so happened to adopt a companion who was essentially born for this sort of activity. Alaskan Goldenmutes are very rugged and can handle cold or snowy environments with ease. These dogs are also fairly fleet-footed, allowing them to safely maneuver through rugged terrain with grace and poise.
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Packing for the trip ahead
It's generally advised not to take a whole lot with you on a normal hiking trail so that you don't end up weighing yourself down and tiring yourself out. That principle is doubly important when you're going on a difficult hiking trail, as many of these trails are much longer and less predictable than your average trail. Bring only the essentials so that you can travel lightly.
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Going the distance
Hiking, in any form, is never about how quickly one can make it to the end of the trail - this is definitely an activity that's more about the journey than the destination. So you and your dog go about things as slowly and surely as you need to. Take food and water breaks along the way if needed and pace yourself as you go. If one attempts this activity later in the day, they may need to be concerned with the sun going down. Because of this, we advise you try this activity out as early as possible in the day.
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Trick Training

Alaskan Goldenmutes are fairly clever breeds that tend not to mind learning new tricks every now and then. You can teach your dog basic tricks like sitting and rolling over early on with relative ease, but tougher tricks like finding specific items will take a lot of time and practice.

Dock Diving

We hit on this activity earlier when we were talking about boating, so we just wanted to elaborate on it further for those unfamiliar with it. Dock diving involves tossing a ball that your dog likes into a body of water and then prompting them to dive in and swim after it.

Conclusion

Alaskan Goldenmutes aren't as well known as other dogs, even other hybrid or designer dogs, which can make learning about what they like and don't like to do fairly difficult for the prospective Alaskan Goldenmute owner. But don't get discouraged; Alaskan Goldenmutes are not shy dogs by any stretch of the imagination and this hybrid won't hesitate to let you know what's on their mind. A lot of the activities on this list were put there because of our personal experiences with Alaskan Goldenmutes, as we were able to learn which types of activities these dogs love after spending enough time with them - as will you, should you choose to adopt an Alaskan Goldenmute.