Activities For Esklands

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Introduction

The Eskland is a medium-sized, high-energy pooch. This dog is a cross between the Shetland Sheepdog and the American Eskimo. They're delightful and friendly pups that love to be around their pack. The pooch blends easily with active families and individuals. If you have one of these fur-babies, you'll need to provide them with a variety of activities to stimulate them mentally and keep them out of trouble. In addition to daily walks, provide half an hour or more of exercise every day. Their size will allow them to adapt to apartment life, but the dogs do best when they can play in a small yard.

Rally Obedience

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
leash
treats
Activity description
Take obedience to the next level with Rally-O. In this sport, you'll use obedience commands to complete a course of 15-30 exercises. Your pal will pawsitively love working with you and getting exercise. The two of you function as a team as you lead Fido from station to station. Once you take a rally class, you and your four-footed friend will be able to practice at home and participate in some trials. Beginners start on-leash in a novice class. Over time, you can work your way up to the master level. At the highest levels, pups work without a leash and need to complete a few jumps on the course.
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Learn the basics
Once you and your pal complete a beginner obedience class, you'll have the tools for Rally-O. Your next step is to get instruction in rally. Learn about the different exercises that you can find on a course. Spend time drilling your furry friend until they are quick to obey your commands.
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Do rally
When you know the possible stations, you can make signs to use at home. Check with the AKC for a local club where you can participate in rally obedience events. At first, you and your pal will work with a leash. As your pooch advances to the master class, they'll transition to competing without a lead.
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Treibball

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
40 - 60 min
Items needed
eight treibball or exercise balls
treats
Activity description
Both the American Eskimo and the Shetland Sheepdogs have herding instincts. That's one thing that makes Treibball a furiffic sport for your Eskland. When you participate in this activity, you'll teach your pal to move a set of balls from the playing field into a designated goal. The orbs sit in a triangular pattern. Fido will have to use their nose to nudge the sphere to the target area. You and your pooch will strengthen your bond as your furry pal attends to your signals to complete the course. Canine companions benefit from the physical workout and mental stimulation that this herding exercise offers.
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Teach the basics
To train your pup to play Treibball, you'll need to start with the basics. First teach Fido to run to a designated spot, lie down facing you, and wait for your signal. Then your pal must learn to drive a ball to a goal without biting or breaking the sphere.
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Put it together
Once your pooch knows the mechanics, you can put everything together. Teach your pal to go to the starting position, circle around the ball, and drive it to the goal. Start your practices with one or two spheres. As your pal improves their technique, add more orbs until you have eight of them on the playing field. Now you're ready to play or compete.
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Agility

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
40 - 60 min
Items needed
agility equipment
treats
Activity description
Another pawtastic activity for your high-energy pooch is agility. This sport lets canine companions showcase their athleticism and obedience. As your pal runs the course, they need to pay attention to your directions so that they take each obstacle in the proper order. Challenges that Fido has to face include weave poles, tunnels, walking over see-saws, and jumping hurdles. Both speed and accuracy count when you participate in a competition, and each of you will get a workout as you execute the course. Your four-footed friend will also benefit from mental stimulation and bonding time when you practice agility with them.
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Take a class
When your pup masters beginner's obedience, you can take them to the next level. Find a local group that offers agility classes. That way, you and Fido will learn about the different obstacles. You and your furry pal will function as a team. Teach your pooch to navigate challenges like weave poles, hurdles, and tunnels.
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Do agility
Once you and Fido learn how to navigate different challenges in an obstacle course, it's time to start practicing. One way to work on your skills is to find a dog park or other facility that includes agility equipment. You can also join a kennel club and participate in events. If you prefer one-on-one time, make homemade equipment to use in your yard.
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More Fun Ideas...

Herd the Humans

Involve the whole family in playtime with Fido. Teach your canine companion to collect everyone in a designated holding pen in the back yard. Make sure to cooperate as your pooch tries to herd you to the target area.

Canine Freestyle

Put your pup's obedience training to use by teaching them to dance with you. In Canine Freestyle, your furry pal will learn additional tricks like spinning to the left or right and walking on their hind legs. Add these actions to heeling, sitting, and more to create a choreographed routine.

Conclusion

This puptastic ball of energy can make a good companion for the active lifestyle. Fido will play well with the kids and want to protect their pack members. You should be able to train and socialize your pooch without much difficulty -- they're intelligent and eager to please. Make sure to provide activities that stimulate their mind and body to help your Eskland thrive.