Activities For An Alusky

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Introduction

Any Alusky owner or lover knows what a powerful breed of dog this is. Thanks to their Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute roots, Aluskys have great strength, stamina and adore being outside in nature. Aluskys are also working dogs and are often used for sledding, racing, and search and rescue jobs. As with many breeds of dogs, they do best when exercised regularly and especially love getting out of the house and out into the great wide world. Time to please all of these characteristics and get your Alusky ready for some fun activities! 

Hunting Games

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Aluskies are prone to have hunting tendencies and will try to stalk and chase small animals. Unless you need your Alusky for this purpose (they are excellent at chasing squirrels out of the yard and would probably keep your home mouse free!), you should set up activities for your Alusky that satisfy this hunting urge. When given the chance to hunt, your Alusky is more likely to refrain from chasing every small animal they see like that small dog down the block! Your pup also doesn't necessarily need to hunt a living thing, treats and toys will do! Give one of these quick hunting games a try.

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Treat hunt
Have your Alusky sit and stay while you hide their favorite treats around the room. On your command, let them search for their prize using their amazing sense of smell. Make this game harder by hiding treats in different rooms, in hard to reach places or even outside!
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Hide and Seek
Playing hide and seek with your dog is actually just like hunting. Your dog will need to search for you using all of their natural hunting senses. Tell your Alusky to wait in one room while you go hide somewhere else. Call them only one time when you are ready to be found - you don't want to give away your location!
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Cold dig
Hunting dogs also are known to love to dig and as Aluskies have backgrounds in cold weather areas, hide some treats or toys in the snow for your dog. Not only will they love digging in the snow but they will be especially excited when their hard work reveals a special prize.
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Sledding

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Cold Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Snow
Sled Harness
Treats
Sled
Activity description

Both Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes are known for their skills when it comes to pulling a sled through the snow. Both breeds are strong, load bearing pups who can work hard especially in the cold weather. Naturally, Aluskies are the same! They love the cold weather, love exercise and are able to haul heavy loads with ease. While training your dog to be a true sled dog may take years, it is an activity that your Alusky will love. It is also nice to have a main goal in addition to casual play - wouldn't it be nice to bring home a gold medal from a sledding competition? 

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Training center
Look for a training center in your area that specializes in sled dog training. Of course, these training centers are more widely found in cold weather areas. If you happen to be somewhere where snow is not common, you can opt to train your pup to pull a sled on wheels instead!
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Equipment fitting
Have your dog fitted to wear a proper harness which is attached to the sled. You want your dog to be comfortable while they are doing hard work! Once your pup is harnessed and ready to go, start them off by coaxing them to move forward with just the sled attached to the harness and no extra weight. It may take a little time for your Alusky to push forward, pulling the sled but once they realize that they are mobile, there is no stopping them!
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Practice
Practice sled training with your dog frequently and slowly add to the weight that they are pulling on the sled until you are able to sit on the sled and go for a ride! Look for local competitions to show the world how powerful, smart and fast your Alusky is!
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Skijoring

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Cold Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Treats
Harness
Skis
Activity description

If you have never heard of skijoring, it is about time you learned all about it especially since you have an Alusky - the perfect breed for this activity! Skijoring is when a person is pulled by a dog (or horse) while on skis. The dog is attached to a harness and the other end goes around the skier's waist. When the dog is commanded to run forward, the skier will be pulled forward as well. Think of it as cross-country skiing that is easier for you (less leg work!) and gives your Alusky a great work out. Get everything ready to try skijoring on the next snowy day! 

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Equipment needed
Purchase all the equipment you will need for skijoring or look for a place where you can rent it before spending a significant amount of money. Make sure the harness fits both you and your pup comfortably and that you are both able to move easily. Don't forget to grab a bag of treats for the training too!
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Suit up
Let your dog wear the harness around the house so that they get used to moving around in it. Then, on the next snowy day, bring your dog and your skis outside! Attach the harness to yourself and your dog and begin slowly by simply encouraging your dog to move forward.
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Run!
Once your dog is able to pull you forward, encourage them to run. You can do this by dangling a treat in front of them, or having another person or pup run in front of them to encourage them forward. Once your Alusky gets moving, there is no stopping them! Skijoring will be their new favorite game and you will also love going for a fun ride thanks to your pup!
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More Fun Ideas...

Long Runs

Aluskies are able to run great distances so don't shy away from bringing your dog on your next 10 mile run. Of course, ease into those long distances just as any beginning runner would!

Training

Aluskies can be strong willed dogs so training them from a young age is important. Continue to train your dog and practice skills daily to keep their mind busy and to keep them a well behaved pup.

Conclusion

Aluskys are fantastic dogs especially for people who want an active pet. As they are a true cold weather breed, always take it slow with your Alusky when the weather starts to get hot. No one wants an overheated, powerful Alusky on their hands! But when the weather is cool and crisp, head outside with your dog to try skijoring, give sled pulling a try or just go for a nice long run. A busy and active Alusky is a happy one!