Activities For Eskimo Chis

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Introduction

Both the American Eskimo and the Chihuahua are very interesting breeds and when you combine them to get an Eskimo Chi, you are in for quite the treat! Spirited and happy, yet fairly low maintenance, Eskimo Chi's are a perfect pup for those who want a fun loving and easy dog. However, despite their upbeat nature, they will need a good deal of attention but with these activities, hand-picked just for Eskimo Chis, you and your pup will never be bored!

Bark On and Off

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Any Day
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10 min
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Treats
Activity description
Eskimo Chis are known to be big barkers and if you already own one of these pups, you are likely well aware of this fact. Both the American Eskimo and the Chihuahua are to blame - these parent breeds are also heavy barkers. While it can be nice to have a dog who will alert you to anything (and everything!), you may grow a little tired of the constant barking. Train your Eskimo Chi to stop barking on cue and also to start baking on cue (just in case....). You can do this training anytime, anywhere and all you need to buy are a few of your pup's favorite treats!
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A bark
When your Eskimo Chi is barking away, as they typically do, look at them and give the command "Bark!". Then, toss your pup a treat. The next time they start naturally barking, say "bark" again and, once again, a treat. After doing this a few times, your Eskimo Chi will know exactly what the word "bark" means and likely be yapping away at your heels, looking for more treats!
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...and stop
Once your dog knows what a "bark" is, it is time to teach them to stop. Say the command "bark" and when your dog stops, or even if they just stop to take a breath, say the command "quiet" and give your Eskimo Chi a reward. Practice this repeatedly and, once again, your dog will be learning what "quiet" means. You may want to consider giving a larger treat or reward for the "quiet" command so it has more of an impact on your dog.
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Practice every day
Once you have trained your Eskimo Chi what "bark" and "quiet" means, keep practicing every day. In addition to just practicing these commands, utilize them when your dog is barking non-stop and you need a break from the noise. Also, command your pup to bark at any action you would like to be alerted to - that bark can come in handy!
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New Walks

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Sunny Day
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Easy
30 min
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Leash
Collar
waste bags
Activity description
One of the best things about an Eskimo Chi is that they require just a moderate amount of exercise. While they don't need a ten mile hike a day or an hour long, high speed run, they also aren't completely happy just sitting at home. A casual walk is ideal for this breed and both you and your Eskimo Chi would benefit from about 30 minutes of exercise a day. Keep your walks interesting using this guide and opt for sunnier days to head outside (although, if your dog wants to, you can walk rain or shine!). This activity will be underway after purchasing a simple collar and leash!
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Walk with friends
One way to spice up your walk with your Eskimo Chi is to find a few friends to walk with. While human friends are great for you, finding dog friends to walk with will be ideal for your dog. Eskimo Chis tend to get along with other dogs so walking together will satisfy their natural need to be part of a pack. Besides, walking with two dogs is twice the fun!
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Simple switch
If you walk the same route with your Eskimo Chi day after day, you are not alone. Most dog owners have similar routines, following the same path each day. You don't need to go very far to switch this up! Next time you head out with your Eskimo Chi, go left instead of right. Walk a little further down that one road than you usually do. Or, just walk your route in reverse. Any switch will keep you and your dog interested!
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Train while walking
Rather than just going for a walk with your Eskimo Chi, use that time to work on some training tricks. Teach your dog to heel or have them sit at every road intersection. There are plenty of tricks you can practice during your walk and, since Eskimo Chis are easily trainable, the walk will be sure to go well!
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Jump Rope

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Any Day
Cheap
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10 min
Items needed
Treats
Jump Rope
Activity description
Eskimo Chis are a breed that is very easy to train. They learn quickly, listen to commands and are also very eager to please - the perfect combination to teach a dog a few tricks. Training your pup to jump rope is not only fun to do but it also helps your dog burn off a little energy, making it the perfect activity for rainy days when you and your dog are stuck inside. For the cost of a jump rope and a few treats, you and your dog will be having a blast in no time. You will also absolutely love watching your dog jump rope - it doesn't get any cuter than that!
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Hello rope
The first step to learning how to jump rope is to learn what a rope is. Place the rope on the ground for your dog to take a look at. Let your Eskimo Chi give the rope a good sniff and examine the rope. Once they feel comfortable with the rope. pick it up and let it swing back and forth, showing your dog how it moves.
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Jump over
Lay the jump rope on the ground and have your Eskimo Chi stand on one side. Go to the opposite side of the rope and hold a treat out for your dog. Say the command "jump" and have them hop right over. Then, raise the rope slightly and do the same, calling your dog with the command "jump" and having them jump over the rope to get their treat. Keep raising the rope until it is about 6 inches off the ground and your Eskimo Chi can jump it easily.
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Jump rope
Have two friends help you hold the jump rope for your dog while you stand on one side of the rope and a third friend stands on the opposite side. Have the rope holders start swinging the rope slowly and call your dog using the command "jump". Then, have your friend on the opposite side call your dog back. Go back and forth, having your dog jump over and over. Your Eskimo Chi is a jump roper!
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More Fun Ideas...

Dog Puzzles

Eskimo Chis are an intelligent breed that will love trying to solve a dog treat puzzle. Find a puzzle toy, fill it with treats and let your dog figure out how to open it up!

Trick Day

Next time the weather is not so great, train your Eskimo Chi to do some new tricks. This easily trainable pup will love learning to jump through a hoop, dance on two feet or spin in a circle.

Conclusion

Owning an Eskimo Chi is pure joy as you get to enjoy a relaxed, fun loving pup every single day. While you and your dog likely share smiles, snuggles and one on one time all the time, mixing up your routine will keep your Eskimo Chi happy and you as well. These activities are perfect for you and your pup to bond more while getting exercise, learning new things and getting in some good training. Time to have some fun with your perfect Eskimo Chi!