Activities For Dogs In Russia

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Introduction

Winter activities can be so much fun for both you and your dog.  In Russia, the weather is pretty much cold for most of the year, so activities must be those which can be either done inside or outside, in the always cold and sometimes inclement weather.  Some dog breeds are much better suited to the colder temperatures and inclement weather enjoyed in Russia, so your choice of activities for dogs in Russia will be determined by the size and adaptability of your precious pooch to the weather in this very northerly country.

Agility Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Collar
Leash
Weave poles
Dog walk
Standard jumps
Pause table
Tunnel
Tire jump
Teeter board
Activity description
The world of agility competition begins with a great deal of training.  Any owner who is considering this activity for their dog should make their first step having the dog evaluated by a qualified veterinarian to be sure the dog is solid, stable and healthy enough for this very challenging and demanding activity.  Obedience training is likely the next step you'd want to take because your dog needs to be able to respond to and obey commands made while they are off leash.  Once the obedience part has been mastered, then you can practice the speed and agility moves which will be required to move your dog through the obstacle course.  While all of this sounds like a lot of work (and be assured that it truly is), the fun that can be had as well as the opportunity to deepen the bond between you and your dog are priceless!
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Veterinary examination
This should be the first step in your attempt to word toward achieving any agility goals. Your dog must be healthy, have the right personality and be structurally sound enough to survive the demands of this challenging sport.
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Obedience training
Agility courses are run with the dog off leash. Because of this, it is vital for your dog to be able to follow simple commands, often hand signals, without you touching them. Commands like "stay, down, run and over" are all to be mastered; obedience training is the perfect way to accomplish this step.
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Find or build a course
Once you have mastered the obedience training part of the process, you can begin the actual agility training of your dog. This can be done by enrolling or joining a group or building your own agility course in your backyard. Your dog will need to learn certain moves and the speed with which those moves will need to be made to traverse the course. Some owners "demonstrate" the course by having the dog follow them, while others choose to run alongside the dog and instruct them from the ground. Once your dog has the events down pat, practice, practice, practice to build up the speed ... because, after all, the competition is a race and a very fun one at that!
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Dog Sledding

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Cold Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Dog team
Dog sled
Warm winter clothing
Activity description
Dog sledding is a wonderful way to see the countryside!  Before you attempt to introduce your pal to the sport, you will want to check it out for yourself in order to determine if your pup is ready and able to learn to dog sled. As you learn how to become a "musher" and learn to control and direct your dog team, you will be amazed as the scenery whizzes by as your dog team takes you on the tour of your life.  It is such a masterful feeling knowing that you are in control of such a powerful and intelligent team of canines, who have been bred for just this purpose for centuries. You'll experience absolutely stunning views of lakes and forests, sparkling with frost, while you form bonds with your team, becoming one with the frozen north country!  What an adventure awaits!
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Book your tour
Get as much information as you can, ask questions and determine where you want to go and how long you want to be gone. You will be able to learn some specifics about sledding and how to control the dogs from an experienced musher. You will learn about what is possible to be seen and learn about the speed and average distance you'll likely travel.
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Meet your dog team
This is probably the coolest part of the whole experience! The husky dogs are so intelligent and friendly and just love attention. The kids will love them and they love the kids. If you haven't yet decided the length of your sledding tour or your destination, you'll get a really confident feeling about making this decision after you've met the team who's taking you there. Load the sleds and be sure to dress warmly - 3 layers are suggested, as one would dress for skiing.
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Enjoy the experience
If you have elected to take a trip whose duration is 1 to 4+ days, you'll get to decide if you're camping or staying in a log cabin with your dog team. This will deepen your bonding experience with the dogs and give you an opportunity to live for a few days as the nomadic people did in centuries past. Get ready for some unforgettable memories!
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Hiking

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Collar
Leash
Hiking boots and Dog Boots
Backpack loaded with drinking water, food and snacks
Camera
Compass
Activity description
Dog hiking in Russia opens some amazing opportunities to see and experience the natural wonders of the frozen north country.  The forests and sparkling frozen lakes will provide awesome fodder for the photographer that lurks within you.  Your dog will absolutely love exploring the wonderful and unusual sights and scents.  Be prepared to go off the beaten path while your dog follows their nose to investigate something unknown.  Your dog can lead you into some of the most perfect and unexpectedly beautiful spots as you hike along the trails.  Getting to the hiking trail may be right around the corner from home or it may be a short drive, but, either way, it is a trip you'll be glad you made with your proud pooch.
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Assemble your gear
Assemble the stuff you're taking with you; pack the hiking boots for both you and pup, the dog collar and leash, the backpack with sufficient drinking water, and snacks to keep you fed and hydrated as you hike along with your dog. Be sure to dress warm enough for the weather into which you will be hiking. Be sure your camera batteries are fresh or fully charged ... and if it's digital, be sure to bring an extra memory disk. Pick your hiking trail or destination.
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Attach the collar and leash
Your precious pooch will be so excited when you put on their collar and attach the leash. They know they are going for a car or truck ride and that usually means fun, fun, fun! When you pack your backpack, make sure you include enough water for your poochy pal, too, and don't forget snacks and food for them. Drive to the hiking trail that you've picked out, and be sure to leave information as to where you and your buddy are headed.
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Enjoy, breathe and take pictures
Now is where the fun starts! Your hiking boots are on your feet and your dog's, your dog is leashed and your backpack is full of water and goodies for a day trip to the forest. With camera and compass ready, leash in hand, you begin your hiking expedition as your four-legged pal picks up a scent ... and away you go into the forests of the north country, breathing the fresh, clean air and happily watching your best friend follow their nose in search of a critter just spotted on the trail ahead. What a thrill and what a view as you round each bend on the trail ... will it ever end?
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Obedience Training

Obedience training is something from which all dogs would benefit.  Not only will taking your dog through an obedience class help you control your dog at home but it could save their life when you have them out in public.  Having a dog who responds and obeys commands, whether on leash or off, is also a priority for many activities in which you and your dog could participate.

Dog Sled Racing

If you love sled riding in the winter months where you live, then you will really love it in Russia.  The sled dogs found pulling these sleds have been bred for centuries to perform this task and they do so quite willingly.  But, if you like sled riding and you like racing, combining them will truly trip your trigger as you experience dog sled racing in Russia. Watching from the sidelines will also be a fun activity for both you and your dog.

Fetch, Catch and More

Do you have a dog who loves to chase and fetch balls, Frisbee or other toys?   Some dogs relish the idea of chasing and fetching a simple tennis ball or favorite toy while others prefer the famous Frisbee disk or similar toy.  The price for the tennis balls, toys or Frisbee is small when compared to the fun to be had by you and your precious pup as you play and bond more deeply.

Swimming

There are many dog breeds who relish the prospect of getting into the water ... but there also are some who really don't!  If you have a breed who has been bred for water activities, then you both have a special treat ahead as you enjoy the natural beauty and refresh yourself in the cold waters in Russia. Keep the swim short and watch for fatigue or the chills.

Conclusion

Activities for dogs in Russia can be as simple as playing in the snow and throwing snowballs at a tree or as complicated as agility competition.  Regardless of what activities you choose to do with your priceless pet, you will find yourself making some awesome and amazing memories as you deepen your bond with your furry best friend.