Activities For Hokkaido Dogs

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Introduction

Native to the country of Japan, the Hokkaido Dog (or Hokkaido Inu in Japanese) is one of the six Spitz-type of dogs that were first developed in The Land of the Rising Sun. This medium-sized dog was named after Japan’s northernmost island where they originated. This breed has a long history of living with the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido, and played a vital role in their day-to-day lives, particularly for hunting and guarding. Likewise, the Ainu people treated these dogs as family members and cared for them deeply. Nowadays, Hokkaidos are a popular choice for a family pet not just in Japan but also in various parts of the world. 

Snowshoeing

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Cold Day
Cheap
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Snowshoes
Leash or harness
Waist belt
Dog jacket
Waste Bags
Activity description
When the cold winter season comes along, a lot of pet owners and their dogs prefer to stay within the warmth and comfort of their own homes. This is because not all dogs can withstand the extreme conditions during this season. The Hokkaido, however, is known to be able to tolerate cold weather. This is why this breed is the perfect adventure buddy during winter. A fun activity that you can do with your dog is snowshoeing, which involves trekking through the snow while wearing a special kind of footwear called a snowshoe. Snowshoeing presents a lot of opportunity for you and your pooch to see and enjoy the outdoors under different conditions.
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Buy the gear you need
There are a few things that you will need if you plan to go snowshoeing with your pooch. The most obvious part of the gear you need is the snowshoes. Check out any outdoor specialty shop or pet store for snowshoes for you and boots your dog. You will also need a harness and leash for your dog and a waist belt for yourself. This belt is where your dog’s leash will be attached to prevent your pooch from running away. A dog jacket will also help keep your dog warm.
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Frolic in the snow
Once you have all the gear you need, head to an area where you can go hiking. For first-timers, you can choose an easy, dog-friendly trail to start. Technically, any wide open space will do. Some dog owners even settle for their own backyards. Over time, when your Hokkaido becomes used to the activity, you can take on more challenging trails. You may even go for snowshoeing classes in the future if you want to make a habit out of the sport.
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Obedience Classes

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Because of their intelligence and trainability, Hokkaido Dogs typically respond well to obedience training, especially when motivated by food or treats. However, what most owners should know is that this breed can be daring and strong-willed. Therefore, it is important that you, as the owner, make it clear that you are the “alpha” between the two of you. Also, you should have your dog’s respect and be firm whenever they are misbehaving. If you need help with this, taking obedience classes can be beneficial for you and your pooch. Through these moderately expensive classes, you go beyond just the basics and form a better connection with your dog. 

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Brush up on the basics
While obedience classes would cover the essentials, there’s no harm in brushing up on the basic obedience commands. The most commonly used commands, such as “sit” and “stay”, are a good starting point. Hokkaido Dogs respond well when given rewards, so you may use treats as motivation. Focus on one command at a time. This will improve communication between you and your dog, which will eventually help once you start formal training.
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Find an obedience school or trainer
When you decide to enroll in an obedience class, you need to find a school to enroll in. There are many factors to take into account when choosing a school. It is important that you check the credentials and see how long they’ve been around. You may also ask for recommendations from friends, your veterinarian, your go-to pet store or even other dog owners in your local dog park. If you want a more private and intimate session, you can opt to hire a personal trainer for one-on-one sessions.
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Wilderness Hike

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Collar or harness
Leash
Food
Water
Collapsible bowl
Waste bags
Dog pack (optional)
Activity description

The Hokkaido is a dog known for wanting to be in the outdoors every chance they get, even if it is something as simple as a walk or lying down and enjoying the fresh air. They are also known for leading an active lifestyle and are down to explore with their owners. Thus, Hokkaido Dogs are a good match for dog owners who love adventure and they can make for the ultimate hiking buddy. Take your four-legged friend on a scenic hike in the wilderness and discover new sounds and sights together. This activity not only gets your dog worked up, it also aids in strengthening your relationship. Most national forests and trails are either free or require a minimal entrance fee.

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Pay a visit to your veterinarian
To ensure that your pooch is fit for a hike, visit your trusted vet for a check-up. This will determine if your dog is capable of going on hikes without the risk of over fatigue or other serious conditions. While there, you can also ask your vet to give your dog any vaccines necessary, such as anti-rabies shots. Anti-rick medicine is also recommended.
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Prepare the needed hiking gear
When your dog gets cleared for the hike, the next step would be to buy some needed gear. If you plan to go on hikes regularly, it would probably be best to invest in a dog pack. Also, make sure you have a sturdy harness and leash for your dog. Pack enough dog food and water and a collapsible bowl. It is also important that you have poop bags for your dog’s waste.
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Go on your hike
After your stuff is all packed up and you’re ready to go, bring your dog to your hiking site and explore. If this is your first time to hike with your dog, it is recommended to choose a short and easy trail. Most national forests allow hikers to bring their dogs with them, although there are rules in place. Make sure to follow these rules while on your hike. Additionally, don’t forget about the “leave no trace” principle and clean up after your dog.
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Puzzle Games

For dogs, mental stimulation is just as necessary as physical stimulation. A great and effortless way to challenge your Hokkaido’s mind is by using puzzle games. There are lots of available dog puzzle games that your pooch can play with to keep them busy. 

Driving Excursion

When was the last time you’ve ever drove without any plan or destination? This is a great chance to just spend quality time with your dog while seeing new surroundings. Go for a quick drive around the city with your pooch. Don’t forget to put the windows down a bit so your pooch can enjoy the breeze during the ride. 

Conclusion

The Hokkaido Dog is a true gem of a dog; this breed is loyal, protective and highly clever. They also get along really well with their owners and family members. However, they can be quite wary of strangers and early training and socialization are needed to prevent possible aggression against others. All in all, owners of this breed must assert leadership and devote a certain amount of time to keep them happy.