Activities For Chinese Chongqings

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Introduction

The Chinese Chongqing is a rare dog breed that originated in China, where they have a history of hunting and guarding livestock or crops. This breed is characterized as having an independent and notably "fearless" personality, making them ideal for guarding. When an unknown person or animal is on your property, your Chongqing will let you know by barking. Chinese Chongqings are medium-sized pups that range anywhere from 26 to 51 pounds, depending on their age and gender. Because of their size and personality, they do get along with children, but they will not put up with being played with roughly. 

Most Chinese Chongqings are wary of unknown animals, including other dogs, which is why it's "impawtant" to socialize them at a young age. As this breed tends to be independent, and even stubborn, it's recommended you don't take them on as a first-time pooch. Rather, Chinese Chongqings do better with an experienced handler who can meet their needs, both physical and mental. If you do own a Chinese Chongqing, fill their schedule with stimulating activities and tasks that you can explore together. 

Find the Treasure

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Any Day
Free
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30 - 60 min
Items needed
Wet Dog Food
Toys
Treats
Activity description

Take advantage of your Chinese Chongqing's innate ability to hunt by harnessing this skill into an engaging, fun game, like find the treasure. Find the treasure involves your pooch searching for a series of items or objects that you've hidden throughout the house or yard. 

To make the most of the game and to ensure your pooch is utilizing their nose as well as their eyes, you can add the smell of dog food to the mix. To do this, simply cover the objects in the scent of the food prior to hiding them. This will stimulate your pup's olfactory system throughout the activity, forcing them to think while they move!  

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Gather your supplies
To maximize the time your pooch spends searching for the objects, use as many as possible. You might want to start off hiding one or two, so they learn the basics of the game before moving on to more. You will also need a favorite food of your pooch's that you can use to scent the toys.
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Scenting the toys
If your dog already eats a brand of wet food, use this. It's easier to scent the toys with wet food versus dry, but dry food or a strongly scented treat would still work. To get the scent of the food on the toy, fill up a container with food and rub each object in the container. Use plastic toys which are easy to clean.
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Hide the objects
After your objects smell like delicious dog food, hide them throughout your house, or outside, while you have your pooch sit and wait. You may want them to wait in one room while you hide the toys in another. For the first few games, pick relatively easy spots when hiding each object so they can learn the process quickly. As they progress and demonstrate their superior tracking skills, pick spots that are more challenging.
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Watch and reward
After everything is hidden and ready to go, grab your pup and set them out on their tracking journey. You could begin by letting them smell the food you used to scent the toys. Then, tell them to seek and watch in amusement while they search away. When your dog finds each object, reward their success with verbal praise and a treat. If they find them all, play another round of the game.
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Carting Classes

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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30 - 60 min
Items needed
Harness
Cart
Straps
Weights
Treats
Activity description

Carting is one way to let your Chinese Chongqing exert energy and further build their muscle strength. As Chinese Chongqings were bred to work, these pups are eager to please and complete tasks. This is why carting would be a "pawfect" way to challenge your pup's physical strength and stamina.

For this activity, you will need to purchase a sturdy, good quality harness and a cart, unless you choose to train at a facility where the cart is provided. You can use the harness for carting to complete other activities together, such as urban sledding. After you have your cart and harness, teach your pooch the basics and learn all the ways you can expand this activity to optimize their workout! Once your pooch learns how to pull a cart, you can use this skill to make everyday tasks easier, such as bringing home the groceries!

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Finding a training facility
You might choose to skip the purchases by registering your dog into official cart training classes. Official classes will help you save on the costs for the materials and gives your dog a guaranteed track to train on. Find a facility near you by searching online and get registered. Determine the amount of training you want your pup to have and how long the courses run for.
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Learning how to cart
Regardless of if you do carting at home or in a class, you'll need to teach your pooch how to navigate the cart correctly. To do this, you can use treats to reinforce commands you choose to use. If you also intend to try urban sledding, keep your directional commands the same to make training run smoothly. With the cart, you can increase the weight being pulled as your dog improves their skills.
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Urban Sledding

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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15 - 30 min
Items needed
Non-motorized vehicle
Harness
Running Lines
Treats
Activity description

Urban sledding is similar to carting, except you will be the thing that your pooch is pulling. For this activity, your pup will need to be able to pull your body weight when you are on a non-motorized vehicle, such as a bike or scooter. If your pup is unable to do this, you should stick with carting instead of sledding.

For those with strong Chinese Chongqings, this activity provides you with a new way to explore your community together that involves your pooch leading while you command where to go! Of course, you'll need to train your dog to sled before enjoying the full benefits, but once they learn the basics, you can venture through your community while guiding by your pup!  

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Purchasing your gear
For this activity, you're going to need some form of an "urban sled" for your pooch to pull. You can use any non-motorized vehicle, including a scooter, bike or skateboard. You will also need a weight pull harness which you can attach straps to which you hold throughout the activity. These are specific harnesses used for pulling which have an easy-to-secure latch. Running lines and hookup lines are also required.
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Prepping the equipment
Prepare for your sledding experience by first putting the harness on your pup. You will need to ensure the harness fits properly to avoid injury. You can let your pup wear the harness for a few days beforehand to get used to it. When you're ready, secure the harness to running line. Once everything is secure, get sledding! Start with small short pulls so you do not overexert your dog and to ensure they can complete the activity.
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Incorporating commands
Urban sledding gives you a "pawfect" chance to practice giving commands to your pup. You can teach your dog directional commands, mushing commands and how to halt. Use conditioning and plenty of treats while you train them how to navigate the sidewalk or streets carefully and safely.
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Obedience Lessons

Obedience training is just as important as socialization in developing a well-mannered and responsive pooch. Begin obedience lessons at a young age and use positive reinforcement to reward all your dog's successes. Try using leash techniques and guiding with treats to initially teach your dog commands.

Early Socialization

Early socialization is "impawtant" for Chinese Chongqings because they do have a tendency to be suspicious of unknown people or animals. By giving them plenty of exposure to other dogs and handlers at a young age, your pooch will develop confidence when interacting with others, instead of acting aggressive or fearful of the situations.

Conclusion

Overall, Chinese Chongqings are intelligent and powerful pups with a moderate energy level, requiring at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise daily. This exercise should target both your pup's body and mind to give them the "ultimutt" workout. For starters, you can make use of their strength by teaching them how to cart and urban sled. Both activities require them to learn how to pull, which can take some time, but the payoff is well worth the investment! You'll also need to purchase a harness, non-motorized vehicle and cart if you don't have these materials already. 

Other activities you should try with your Chongqing is obedience training and socialization activities. To socialize your pup, bring them to the dog park regularly, arrange play dates and walk them daily. The more dogs they're exposed to, the less wary they'll become of strangers. Obedience training, like socialization, should start at a young age and continue throughout your Chinese Chongqing's lifetime. Finally, have fun with your pup and put their olfactory system to the test by playing games like a treasure hunt! With a busy, active schedule, your Chinese Chongqing will stay happy and healthy!