Activities For Eskijacks

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Introduction

The Eskijack is a hybrid dog; the parents are the American Eskimo dog (sometimes referred to as the Eskimo Spitz dog) and the Jack Russell Terrier. This cool-weather pooch is likely to be highly energetic and will have great strength in their ability to pull. The Eskijack will need a full exercise regimen in order to remain well-behaved and out of mischief. While the Eskijack loves to be outdoors at play, never leave them unsupervised as they are apt to hop your backyard fence. You can plan activities that run the span of an hour and you may want to participate in events such as agility and earth dog competitions.

Outdoor Fun

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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1 hr
Items needed
tennis balls
rope toy
toys
Activity description
While the Eskijack can live indoors with you, you will want to get outdoors for exercise on a daily basis. The boundless energy of the Eskijack makes outings in the fresh air a necessity. Engage the Eskijack in a game of fetch or tug-of-war, or just run and play in your backyard to tire them out. Plan for at least an hour of mental and physical activity per day. In addition to fetch and tug-of-war, you can incorporate a flirt pole in order to encourage your Eskijack to play chase (although the Eskijack is not a hunting dog, the running and jumping you encourage will help to burn off excess energy).
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Go fetch
The Eskijack is a bundle of energy. Therefore, engaging them in a game of fetch will provide them with an outlet for burning it off. A regular tennis ball will suffice for this activity as the bounce will add a bit of fun to the exercise. Make sure you have the Eskijack's attention, then throw the ball and encourage them to go get it. You might want to teach the command "give" before beginning fetch. "Give" also comes in handy for tug-of-war.
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Tug of war
The strong Eskijack will also enjoy flexing their muscles during a game of tug-of-war. Although some pet parents do not care to play this game as they believe it encourages aggression, played correctly, tug-of-war is great exercise. The key is making sure your dog knows you are always in control. When you feel your pup is getting too possessive over the rope toy, command them to "give." At the same time, you should let Fido "win" a game or two (when you "give" the rope toy).
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Doggy frisbee
The Eskijack loves to run and play, so playing frisbee with a doggy disc will give them a thrill! In the same way you play fetch. Get your furry friend's attention and throw the disc. At first, they may simply chase and retrieve the disc. You may work to have Fido catch the disc mid-air and bring it to you. All in all, the running to and fro that this game requires will help your furry pal to work off their excess energy.
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Skijoring

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Cold Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
skis
harness
leash
Activity description
The American Eskimo dog has an innate love of frigid temperatures and snow and is a natural at pulling. The Jack Russell Terrier is full of energy. With this in mind, the Eskijack is a prime candidate to participate in skijoring competitions - or just have fun at the task around your home. While the American Kennel Club endorses this event, there are many local clubs that sponsor competitions. You may prefer to participate on your own without benefit of competition. Many enthusiasts refer to skijoring as the best winter sport to exist for man and dog.
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Begin training
You will want to start slow. Put your Eskijack in the harness and get them used to wearing it. Experts recommend simply putting the harness on your dog for five minutes or so at a time just to get them used to the feel. Furthermore, when choosing a harness, have your dog measured so that you can buy a harness that fits well. Experts do not recommend the wearing of the harness on a regular basis when not skijoring.
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Pulling acceptance
You will want to get your Eskijack to accept the notion of pulling you on skis. Begin by tying an old (small) tire to the harness and leash so that your dog gets used to pulling. You may want to enlist a buddy to assist in simulating the tension on the tow line. While your assistant should not put too much pressure on the lead, you stand in front of your dog encouraging them to come to you. The idea is to simulate pulling without putting too much weight on the tow.
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Teach voice commands
Just like with sledding, there are certain recommended commands that you should teach the Eskijack. Let's go, easy (slow down), whoa (stop), gee (turn right), haw (turn left), come around (come back), and line out (this encourages the dog to tighten the tow line so you can begin skiing) are the standard dog commands for skijoring. The key is to remain consistent in whatever commands you choose to use.
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Trail Running

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
leash
Water
doggy waste bags
Activity description
Some pet parents relish the idea of taking their dog out for a jog or long walk. However, not all breeds are equipped with the endurance necessary for such activities. The Eskijack, however, has more than enough stamina and energy to participate in trail running with you. In some places, trail running is known as "Canicross." Trail running - whether you choose to compete against other runners or simply enjoy the trail all by yourselves - is excellent exercise for a high-energy dog such as the Eskijack. You will need fair weather, and  any expenses will usually be incurred while providing the proper gear for your dog. Once the gear has been purchased, you are all set to go!
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Visit the vet
Just as we humans are advised to consult our physician before embarking on a new exercise program, so should we take our dog to the vet for a check-up before beginning trail running. Trail running is great exercise, but only for healthy pups. The vet will do a physical exam to ensure all joints and bones are healthy, plus make sure that your furry friend has all the necessary vaccinations to participate.
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Get the gear
In order to participate in trail running, your Eskijack will need a few items particular to the sport. Certainly, you'll have a leash for your dog, but you'll need to invest in a harness and special leash for this event rather than using a collar. You'll want to have water available, so a water container is a must. Next, you'll need outdoor booties for your pup so that they can traverse tough terrain. Some experts recommend reflective gear as well.
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Use caution
Unfortunately, there may be some natural hazards along the trail as you go running. Certainly, you will want to watch for snakes and other wildlife that you may stumble upon. Keep your Eskijack leashed at all times so that they aren't tempted to inspect or run toward any dangerous animals. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion and injury. Be sure to avoid wild plants that may make your dog sick. Carry enough water for both of you and allow your dog to drink only from the water container you provide.
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Dog Park

The Eskijack will enjoy going to the dog park with you, where they can run and play off-leash (should you allow for that). Plus, there are likely obstacles and agility platforms that you can utilize.

Obedience Training

While the Eskijack tends to be a well-mannered pooch, sometimes the stubborn nature of the Jack Russell Terrier parent takes over. Begin teaching commands at four to six months of age and you will prevent a great deal of mischief in the Eskijack.

Conclusion

The Eskijack is a delightful breed of dog! They love to be outdoors, spending time with you at play. Whether you decide to engage in a game of fetch or participate in skijoring or trail running, the Eskijack is a fine companion for a number of activities. Engage them in at least one hour of play per day to prevent mischief in this highly energetic and intelligent breed.