Activities For Eurasiers

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Introduction

Eurasier dogs are a fairly new breed of dog which German breeder Julius Wipfel began developing in the 1960s as a calm, even-tempered, and intelligent family dog with a dignified attitude. He combined the Chow-Chow, Wolfspitz, and Samoyed breeds, giving them the name of Eurasier to reflect both their European and their Asian heritage. This breed is intelligent and sensitive, responding well to gentle but consistent training methods, but disliking any sort of separation from their family. They are most suited to activities designed to work their minds and keep them close to their favorite humans.

Chasing Bubbles

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 45 min
Items needed
Dog-safe Bubbles
Activity description

Floating soap bubbles have been fascinating to people of all ages for a very long time, with some of the first illustrations to depict bubble blowing going back hundreds of years to the late 1700s when Jean Simeon Chardin painted a piece entitled Soap Bubbles, depicting a young man leaning out a window and blowing a bubble with a pipe. They appear nearly mystical with the way that the colors swirl across the surface of the bubbles and the elegant dancing movements that they make as they float in the air. The entertainment value of bubbles is not lost upon your canine companion either, and with just a little encouragement they will eagerly chase bubbles for quite some time, not only entertaining both you and the dog but also giving your dog an opportunity to get both physical and mental exercise in a new and fun way. 

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Buy or make bubbles
Many bubbles are listed as non-toxic for the safety of the children using them, however, dogs can develop upset stomachs from ingesting too much, making it safer to buy bubbles made specifically for your canine companion rather than bubbles designed for humans. As an added bonus, most of the bubbles designed for dogs are flavored, making it even more exciting. Another option is to try and make bubbles yourself, just make sure that the recipe that you use is one that is specified as non-toxic for dogs.
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Introduce the bubbles
While many dogs will take to chasing the bubbles without any additional motive, particularly when the bubbles smell and taste appealing, some dogs will need a little guidance on what to do. Be sure to start with just a few bubbles down at your dog’s chest level to avoid frightening your pooch. If your Eurasier doesn’t initially seem interested in chasing the bubbles or just seems a little confused, try pointing to them and encouraging your dog to catch them, and if all else fails, start catching the bubbles yourself to demonstrate that bubbles are meant to be chased and caught.
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Bubble machines
Bubble machines are a good way to keep up with your dog’s demand for more bubbles to catch, but they do require refilling on a frequent basis to keep up with their bubble production. Many dogs hover over the machine while it runs, preventing the bubbles from getting far in the air; this can be remedied by setting the bubble machine up on a table or counter before turning it on or by using a hand-held bubble machine.
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Therapy Dog

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Certification
Activity description

While it takes many years of training for a dog to earn the title of service dog, canines with the correct temperament for the job can sometimes become therapy dogs in just a few months. The job of a therapy dog is to make visits to nursing homes, hospitals, and schools in order to provide comfort and unconditional love to those in need. In some cases, these dogs even visit the sites of tragedies, helping people to better cope with traumatic situations and their aftermath. Eurasier dogs are generally intelligent and sensitive, with a desire to please and a dignified demeanor making them typically well-suited to this type of job. There are some fees that are associated with training and certification, depending on the amount of training needed and who you go through this can range from fifty dollars to a few hundred. 

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Socialize
In order to prepare your dog to remain calm in multiple unfamiliar and unusual surroundings, you will need to socialize them to many different types of people, places, and situations. It is generally best to start socialization while the dog is very young, between three weeks and four months old, dogs like the Eurasier tend to be both confident and friendly by nature, making this task much easier than it might otherwise be.
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Train
Although the training is less intense for therapy dogs than it is for service dogs, they still have to demonstrate an ability to exhibit excellent manners in a variety of situations. Behaviors such as jumping up on people or barking unnecessarily will not be tolerated in therapy dogs. In order to prove that your dog has the manners needed to do the job, they will require an AKC Good Citizen award, at which time they will be able to attend the classes that are required for your dog to become a fully certified therapy dog.
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Register and visit
Dogs that graduate from the classes required to become therapy dogs will need to register with one of the several National Therapy Dog organizations can be found in the United States before they can start working. Not only will these organizations help you to find locations where your dog is needed, but they will also assist you in finding information, support, and even the insurances that are needed, including liability insurance in case a dog bite or other mishap occurs.
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Canine Freestyle Dance

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Any Day
Moderate
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30 - 60 min
Items needed
Music
Activity description

Although Canine Freestyle Dance is a relatively new sport, first exhibited in the late 1980s, it has gained a great deal of popularity worldwide, and the first official freestyle organization was formed in British Columbia in 1991. This is a team activity in which the dog and handler perform to music, with the dog either heeling in time to the music or combining heelwork with additional commands and tricks. The carefully choreographed routines can range from the fairly simple to the very complex and performers can choose either dramatic or comedic pieces. The most commonly seen dogs are herding and companion type dogs, but Eurasiers are very intelligent, enjoy learning, and bond closely with their families with their owners, making them an excellent choice of partner for this entertaining dog sport. 

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Vet visit
The physical demands of Canine Freestyle can vary somewhat, and in some cases, it can be quite physically demanding. It is important that you ensure that your dog is physically healthy before developing a routine. Your veterinarian can check to ensure that your dog’s joints are fully matured and healthy enough to include higher impact tricks such as jumps or standing on their hind legs. If your dog is not able to perform these types of tricks, they may still be able to participate, however, the choreography will need to be adjusted to accommodate their needs.
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Choreograph the routine
Canine Freestyle dance comes in two different styles, there is freestyle heeling to music, in which the dog performs the entire routine while sticking close to their handler in a stay position, and musical freestyle, in which the dog is occasionally sent away from their partner to perform additional tricks and commands that enhance the performance, such as jumping, walking on their hind legs, rolling over, and other innovative and theatrical tricks. This step involves choosing the type of freestyle you will be showcasing, picking a piece to dance to, and choosing the steps and tricks you plan to include in the performance, while always keeping the dog’s safety and health in mind.
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Training your dog
After choosing your music and choreographing, it is time to teach the routine to your pooch. It often easier to teach each trick or command on its own before stringing them all together, and it is important that you go slowly enough that your dog doesn’t get overly frustrated. If your canine companion shows any sign of discomfort or is a novice at tricks such as standing on their hind legs, it is important to be willing to adjust your routine in order to set them up for a fun and successful experience.
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Group Training Classes

Eurasier dogs are generally friendly but can be reserved when dealing with strangers. One way to show this breed that people and other dogs are not a threat to them is to take them to a structured group environment such as those found at group obedience or agility training groups. Doing so will give them the confidence needed to move on areas such as therapy work.

Agility Training

This dog breed is very athletic and agile underneath all that fur and they form an extremely solid bond with their family members. Training your Eurasier dog to do agility appeals to both their sense of play and their strong need to be close to their chosen humans.

Conclusion

The Eurasier is a very agile and entertaining dog that loves nothing more than being close to their family. They are simple to train when using gentle and consistent techniques, but due to their family-oriented natures, they learn best from their family members than from other trainers. While they are active outside of the home, they tend to be calmer and quieter when indoors.