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!
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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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!