Activities For Golden Akita Retrievers

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Introduction

Golden Akita Retrievers are designer dogs that result from mixing the Golden Retriever with the Akita. Now, when we say that Golden Akita Retrievers are "designer" dog breeds, we're saying that they resulted from a movement that aimed to take the most desirable traits of two different dog breeds and instill them into one dog. Golden Akita Retrievers were bred with the intention of being as dependable, friendly, and protective as a Golden Retriever while also being as shrewd, cunning, and adaptable as an Akita. As a result, Golden Akita Retrievers can engage in a number of varied activities that will challenge them both mentally and physically.

Pedal Boating

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Any Day
Expensive
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Pedal Boat
Life Jackets
Activity description
Pedal boating is arguably the most laid back and relaxed activity that we're going to be talking about in this guide; you know those novelty boats that you've probably come across at an amusement park or a campground? That's the sort of vessel you'll need for yourself and your dog to go pedal boating. Your pup won't be able to help you too much with the peddling, so you'll need to see if you can get a friend or family member to accompany you and your dog. All the better, as you might be able to find someone to split the lofty $500 minimum cost for a pedal boat if you plan on purchasing one. Since most pedal boats come with roofs, you can actually enjoy this activity during any sort of weather you prefer. The Golden Akita Retriever is a confident dog who will love to give this activity a go.
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Choose your style
Pedal boats typically come in two varieties; one-person boats and two-person boats. One-person boats are easier control but are typically more expensive and harder to come by. Two-person boats are more common, but they also require both peddlers to coordinate their movements. Most small, medium sized, and large sized dogs can fit in either type of boat, so it really comes down to a matter of budget, availability, and preference. Once you've made your purchase, set the boat up in the yard and let your dog climb in and out at will, so that they are used to the boat before excursion day.
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Like riding a bike
Pedal boating is an overall simple activity when you really get down to it; you just have to keep moving your feet to keep moving the boat! If you're cruising around in a one-person boat, then you'll have to control your speed and direction all on your own. If you're using a two-person boat (the most common type of boat there is) then you and your partner will have to coordinate to control the direction of the vessel. In either case, your dog won't have to put any physical work in (giving them the easiest job of them all, enjoying the ride).
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Skijoring

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Cold Day
Moderate
Hard
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Skijoring Gear
Dog Booties
Dog Harness
waste bags
Activity description
Skijoring might sound like a word we've just made up, but it's actually a legitimate winter sport that requires man and dog to work in tandem with one another. To get an understanding of what skijoring entails, we'll need to break the term down for you as it's actually a portmanteau of the words "ski" and "joring." We're confident that you know what skiing is but you might not be too familiar with joring sports; they are any activity that consists of dog assisted travel. To go skijoring with your pet, you'll need a set of skis and a harness for your Golden Akita Retriever - all of which can be bought for around $200 to $300. Since skiing is involved, you and your dog will only be able to try this activity out in cold areas. Choose a crisp, clear day and head out in the snow!
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Let's get moving
The toughest part of this activity will be figuring out how to maneuver with your dog as a team. This is done via vocal commands such as "hike, hike" (which means move forward) and "whoa, whoa" (which typically means raise the roof but means slow down as far as skijoring is concerned). You can teach your dog skijoring commands by getting them to perform a specific action while issuing the command (getting them to move forward while you say "hike, hike", for example). Try calling out the command without assisting your dog and if they move forward, reward your dog with a treat.
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Continue the practice
This is basically going to amount to walking around your yard or the park with your dog tethered to you via their harness. Here, you and your dog will be able to focus on practicing commands in a more practical way. When you need to make turns, don't just steer your dog as you normally would - use skijoring commands to try and control how your dog moves during the walk. Keep at this even when you start skijoring with your dog, as it's a great way to refresh certain concepts and ideas.
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Head out for fun
When heading out for your first skijoring expedition, keep in mind that it is best to start with a short session. The skijoring lesson will be a lot for your dog to take in, putting the commands and actions together on snowy terrain. Be patient, have fun and watch your pup for fatigue and thirst. Make the first attempt an enjoyable experience and your Golden Akita Retriever will be game to go again!
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Nature Walking

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Leash
Water
Waste Bags
Activity description
Golden Akita Retrievers are the kinds of dogs that enjoy getting out and about for as long and as often as they can. Nature walks are great opportunities for you and your dog to bond with one another and bask in Mother Nature's beauty at the same time. You can go for a nature walk without having to spend a dime, as you can technically complete this activity in any area that's got enough greenery and is far away enough from the hustle and bustle of average city life. You can also go for a nature walk with your Golden Akita Retriever during any season of the year that you'd like - we actually encourage doing so as each season provides its own unique experience.
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Get your body ready
It's vital to get warmed up before you and your dog head out. Technically, you could also do these warm ups we're about to discuss right when you and your dog reach the area. Either way, you'll want to do the following to get your body ready for this activity; do some aerobic stretches to get your joints limber (slow lunges are a great example of an aerobic stretch,) before lightly straightening your dog's legs until they're fully extended. Now you and your pet are both ready for the walk.
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Keep pace with each other
Throughout the entire walk, make sure that you and your dog stay close by one another's side at all times. Even though this activity is meant to be fun and laid back, your pet might try to outpace you if they see a squirrel or some other small creature that could potentially get them riled up. Conversely, if you plan on briskly walking through the area, make sure that your Golden Akita Retriever isn't struggling to keep pace with you. Slow down if need be and consider getting a new, longer leash.
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Toy Treasure Hunt

Golden Akita Retrievers love finding things and bringing them back to their families (that is how their Golden Retriever ancestors got their names after all). Whether in your backyard or at a local park, you can stash a number of your pet's favorite toys in strategic locations before prompting them to find them and bring them back to you. Be sure that your dog is within your line of sight throughout this game and stick close by them without giving away the locations of the toys.

Boogie Boarding

Golden Akita Retrievers tend to be small enough and light enough to fit on a boogie board without causing the contraption to tip over. The next time you plan on getting some swimming practice in before an upcoming canoeing trip, consider letting your pet play with a boogie board for a bit while you train.

Conclusion

Golden Akita Retrievers can make great pets for large families, couples, singles, and everyone in between. These dogs are incredibly friendly and are eager to please their human companions by assisting them with tasks, performing tricks, and accompanying their human family members on adventures. Golden Akita Retrievers are very even tempered dogs, allowing them to handle babies and the elderly with care and consideration. In return for their loyalty, Golden Akita Retrievers only ask to be allowed to run and play occasionally and be challenged from time to time - well, they won't straight up ask you, they'll more than likely try to give you subtle hints in a number of ways that are all too human.