Activities For An Xiasi

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Introduction

Our dogs are lovely animals who are kind, affectionate and loyal. They earned their place in our hearts as we grew to love them more and more, which is why it can be so hard to remember that these dogs were once bred to hunt other animals. The Xiasi breed was originally bred to be household protectors and to hunt small animals. The breed was much smarter than anticipated, and soon they were upgraded to full hunter status. Your little hunter may not get much chance to bring home the bacon, so it is up to you to make sure they're feeling fulfilled.

Dance Party

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Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Dog treats
Water for hydration
Activity description
Dogs can keep themselves busy, but if they don't learn how to get rid of their energy in a productive way, they will keep themselves busy with destructive behavior. While it is true that you can't always be around to keep them busy (as much as you want to) there are ways to make the time you have together special and worth it. Quality will always beat quantity. This activity will help you to build a bond and teach your Xiasi how to get rid of excess energy when they're bored. Boredom happens, it's how we get rid of it that counts.
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Watch videos
There are many skilled dancers out there, and a lot of them like dancing with their dogs. They post videos teaching simple dances and how to train your dog to do the dances. You won't just be sharpening your dance moves, you'll be teaching your Xiasi the joys of dancing too! Choreographed moves such as spinning in a specific direction, moving forward and backward, and teaching your dog to just keep rhythm as they have fun are all components of this activity.
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Be patient
We know that you will have endless patience with your dog. We're talking about being patient with yourself. You might not be a natural dancer, but as long as you can move, you can dance. Besides, you're doing this for your dog. What better motivation is there?
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Dance it out
The next time you see that your dog has too much energy, or you want to do something fun, dance it out. Put on some music and use the moves you learned. In time, you will be able to leave some music on for your dog and they will know exactly what to do. For fun, put on a show for your family!
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Toy Hunt

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Dog toys
Activity description
You have a purebred hunter in the house. Your dog's ancestors ran through wild and dangerous terrains, trained to obey their masters and many lives depended on their hunting skills. Their skills meant the difference between hunger and a full belly. Your Xiasi does not have to face the same pressure, thanks to you, they mostly enjoy a life of leisure. That does not mean that we should forget about those ingrained skills. Your dog will still get bored, and one way to entertain them is by reminding them of their heritage and giving them something to hunt. A toy hunt!
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Give their toys names
When training your Xiasi, it would be helpful if you gave each of their toys a specific name. This will teach them more of our language and it will make the hunt much easier. In the past, the masters gave their dogs a command and the dogs had to know what that meant. Today, we just give our dogs toys with names.
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Hide the toys
When your dog is familiar with all their toys (for example, if you tell them to fetch "Spot" and they come back with the right toy), it is time to initiate the hunt! Hide all their toys. Get creative with the hiding places, but do not make it impossible for them either.
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Give the command
It is time to hunt. Your dog can feel the excitement in the air. Take your position on the couch, and tell them which toy to get first. When they come back with a toy, give them a treat. For the finale, leave the most difficult toy for last and give them an extra special treat for a hunt well done.
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Bucket of Wonders

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Towels
Treats
Toys
Bucket
Activity description
When you don't have time to hunt or dance with your Xiasi, you might feel a little guilty. To ease that guilt (it's okay! If you didn't go to work then there would be no dog treats), you could take a few minutes to make a bucket full of wonders for your dog. This bucket is like a DIY brain puzzle and it can be as challenging or as easy as you want it to be. While you're earning the dog treats, your pup can discover all the wonders of the bucket. Soon, they will come to love the bucket.
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Get a bucket
You can use a bucket, box or any other type of sturdy container. Do not use something that your dog can bite or chew through, that is not the point of the activity. It can be as big or as small as your dog needs it to be.
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Fill the bucket
Begin by putting the best treat or toy at the bottom of the bucket. That will be the reward. Fill the space with a tightly folded towel. Carry on hiding treats and toys between the folds of the towels. As your Xiasi works on emptying the bucket, they will be amazed to find what you left for them.
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Tempt them
Tempt them by letting them see you fill the bucket or pop their favorite treat on top of the finished product. They will begin to sniff the bucket, and soon their curiosity will turn into pure delight. It might be tempting to sit and watch as they discover everything you left for them, but remember, those dog treats don't buy themselves!
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Soccer Time

If you're ever feeling bored or want to play soccer against your dog, all you need is a ball. The two of you can be on opposing sides, or ask a bunch of other people to join and be on the same team. A great variation of this is playing football with your dog.

Frisbee

Fetch is fun and all, but have you ever played Frisbee with a dog? That plastic spinning disc adds a whole new dimension to the game that makes it fun for both of you. Go on, try it. Once you do, you'll be wanting to play every chance you get.

Conclusion

Life was tough for our ancestors, and that same fact is true of our dogs. They were responsible for their family's well-being and nutrition. They also protected their owners and lived busy lives. Your dog does not have to do that, all they have to do is accept all the love you give them (which they do with joy). Unfortunately, your schedule might not allow you to keep your Xiasi as busy as their ancestors, but they will appreciate all the effort you put into keeping them entertained. Your effort will be repaid with love, and isn't that worth everything?