Activities For Golden Indian Dogs

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Introduction

Due to the Golden Indian Dog's lupine appearance, some feel that the name of this hybrid breed is somewhat misleading. We think that's because they expect the "Golden" in the Golden Indian Dog's name to represent the color of their coat the same way golden does with Golden Retrievers. These guys actually get their name from their parentage; Golden Indian Dogs are hybrid offspring of the previously mentioned Golden Retriever and the Native American Indian Dog. While Golden Indian Dogs may not physically resemble Golden Retrievers all that much, they certainly act like them and enjoy engaging in the same types of activities as both of their parent breeds.

Treats and Toys

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Treats
Denim and t-shirts
Scissors
Activity description
We've talked about professionally made toys numerous times throughout our various lists, but did you know that you can make your own using a few items that you've likely got lying around the house? Old shirts, cardboard boxes, towels - all the above and more can be used to create a plethora of entertaining toys by hand. Even if you don't have certain supplies in stock, you can make a short trip to your local superstore and buy the required materials for less than $30. You can make these simple toys and let your Golden Indian Dog play with them indoors or outside, making an activity suitable for any sort of weather.
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Pupsicles
To create this frozen treat, fill up an ice tray with water. Then take some of your dog's favorite treats (such as a bully stick or even a good old fashioned dog biscuit) and stick them into as many of the filled ice tray rows as you can. Position the treats so that they rest upright and then place the tray into your freezer. By the next morning, the water will have frozen and you'll have an array of pupsicles to give to your dog. You can also swap water out for other liquids that you know your dog likes to make a snack that will keep your pup working as they figure out how to remove the treat.
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Denim knots
These simplistic toys can be created by tying two strips of cut up denim together. These strips of denim are best harvested from a pair of old beat up jeans that you haven't worn for a long time. We're talking jeans that are so destitute that you can't even pawn them off or donate them to the Salvation Army. Cut strips out of the jeans, tie them together, and hand this new toy to your dog. Easy peasy.
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Braided T shirt Frisbee
If you've got a slew of old T-shirts that haven't been taken out of the closet since the dinosaurs last roamed the Earth, don't toss them in the trash just yet! Instead, try braiding them and twisting them together until you have a frisbee-sized disk that your Golden Indian Dog can fetch after you've thrown it a good distance.
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Kicksledding

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Cold Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Dog Sled
Mushing Harness
dog booties
Activity description
One of the Golden Indian Dog's parent breeds, the Native American Indian Dog, was largely bred for the purpose of helping the ancient indigenous tribes of North American travel through the snow. Golden Retrievers aren't too shabby at mushing and joring sports either, meaning that the Golden Indian Dog has double the dose of sled dog DNA flowing through their veins. Kicksledding is an activity that combines mushing, sledding, and skateboarding. It can only really be performed in snowy areas, so you may have to travel a bit to find suitable kicksledding grounds. You'll also need to set aside a bit of cash in order to buy everything you and your Golden Indian Dog will need for this activity.
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Kicksledding vs mushing
Kicksledding is ideal for one, no more than two, dogs at a time. Mushing, on the other hand, is a team sport that requires the musher and every single dog in the group to be on one accord. Kicksledding is definitely easier than mushing, but only by comparison. You'll still have to teach your dog a number of vocal commands in both sports, so there are definitely similarities between kicksledding and mushing.
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Dawn of "mush-mush"
"Mush-mush" is one of the core commands in any sport that's centered around dog assisted travel. It simply means "go forward" and is used by mushers as a means of telling their dogs to begin picking up speed. The interesting thing about this command is that it can be substituted for other two syllable commands; "hike-hike" and "yip-yip" will both work just fine as well.
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Let's kick it
Another difference between mushing and kicksledding is that the riders are meant to be more physically active in this sport as opposed to mushing. Think of it like this; mushing is the better means for travelling long distances whereas kicksledding is the better means for shedding fat and burning calories. As your dog pulls the sled forward, you'll occasionally have to use your legs you help propel and steer the sled - hence the name kicksledding. It'll be a lot like pumping a skateboard - don't bring your leg down as hard as you can. Rather, move it in a smooth and fluid motion.
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Canine Fishing

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
60 - 90 min
Items needed
Fishing Supplies
Small boat (optional)
Activity description
Dogs are all about catching things and bringing them back to the pack for all to enjoy - that's why so many of them end up bringing back everything from old shoes to deceased rats to their human family members. The idea behind taking your Golden Indian Dog out to go fishing is to help them learn how to catch and bring back things that you'd actually like to have delivered to you. A dog will need to be able to swim and follow directions before they can head out on the water with you, so there's a bit of prep work needed before the both of you can start racking up catches. You can buy everything you need for this activity for about $200 or so. This activity is also best attempted on sunny days, where you'll have a clearer view of the water.
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Patience is a virtue
Ask anyone who's gone fishing enough and they'll tell you that the sport is a waiting man's game. Most of the time, you and your Golden Indian Dog will be patiently waiting for a fish to come by and take your bait. In the meantime, you can use the period between bites to collect your thoughts and "find your center," so to speak.
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From the source
If you're more of the "get out there and get active type" then you and your dog can try to catch fish directly from the source - meaning catching a fish with your bare hands or with your dog's bared teeth. Just like how bears will wait near a stream to catch fish as they jump out of the water, you and your dog can do the same - provided either of you have the reflexes for such a task.
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Mushing

The difference between mushing and kicksledding is the sheer number of dogs involved in both sports; only one dog is needed to go kicksledding but a whole team is needed to go mushing. Golden Indian Dogs are friendly and intelligent enough to learn how to work quite well in a team, so this activity may be worth adding to your list of things to do with your dog.

Slingshot Fetch

Golden Indian Dogs love encountering new scenarios that'll require them to think outside of the box. We figure what's more out of the box than using a slingshot to play fetch with your dog? A slingshot will allow you to send all sorts of unique projectiles flying through the air - many of which would be impossible to get airborne by hand. Just remember not to aim the slingshot at your dog, no matter what you're using for ammo.

Sweet Potato Rope

Hearkening back to our DIY toy activity, you can make a very versatile and durable toy for your Golden Indian Dog using a rope and a few pieces of sliced, dried sweet potato. All you have to do is dry the sweet potatoes out overnight, slice them into strips, and wrap the strips around the rope. Your dog will now have a tricky, yet tasty treat that they can play with for hours.

Conclusion

A lot of people tend to think about adopting Golden Indian Dogs due to their wolf-like appearance; they enjoy the sensation of caring for a dog that has the physical appearance of a wolf but the heart of a dog. There are actually a number of practical benefits to forging a bond with a wolf-like dog; burglars will think twice about breaking into your home once they see a gigantic wolf just chilling in living room as will other predatory animals that live in certain parts of the wilds. But Golden Indian Dogs are more than their appearance - they're incredibly friendly dogs with strong protective instincts and charming personalities. Caring for a Golden Indian Dog is like caring for a Golden Retriever that's also really good at mushing and joring sports.