Activities For Huskimos

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Introduction

The Huskimo is a fairly new breed of hybrid dog that results from crossing a Siberian Husky with an American Eskimo. These dogs are very friendly and very, very fluffy. As a descendant of two renowned snow dog breeds, Huskimos are naturally well equipped to handle snowy terrain and cold areas. In fact, Huskimos rather love cold weather and enjoy engaging in all sorts of activities on snow days or in snowy climates. Siberian Huskies, in particular, have gained a reputation for being great sledding and mushing dogs, so you may want to try out a few activities like that with your Huskimo.

Boating

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Boat of Choice
Life Jackets for Human and Dog
First Aid Kit
Activity description
The first activity on our list is one that's not as physically strenuous as some of the others but is nonetheless a great way to bond with your Huskimo while seeing the world from a different perspective. Boating encompasses exactly what you might think; setting sail and traversing the water by way of a motorboat, raft, canoe, or other kind of water vehicle. While many inexperienced dog owners may not be aware of this, canines are naturally good swimmers and many of them enjoy spending time at the lake or by the sea. Be sure to stock up on life jackets and medical supplies before setting sail and remember the following steps while you and your dog are at sea.
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Buckle up
Before you shove off the shoreline, do a last minute check to see if everyone's life jackets have been properly secured and that you have all the supplies you'll need during the boating trip. In particular, make sure that your first aid kit is properly stocked with antiseptics, gauze rolls, and antibiotics. Depending on the type of vessel you'll be using, all you'll need to do is make sure that the engine is running properly or that your oars are in good shape.
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Shove off
Once you and your dog are at sea, you may be surprised to see how relaxed your dog gets during the trip. That's because most canines really do have an affinity for the water and they love the ebb and flow of the waves. Some dogs may get too excited, on the other hand, and will try to jump into the water. Remember to keep an eye on your dog throughout the whole trip and you two will be just fine.
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Snow Hiking

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Cold Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 40 min
Items needed
Snow Gear
Hiking Gear
Water and Food
Activity description
Your Huskimo will feel right at home with this next activity. Snow Hiking is another example of an activity with a deceptively straightforward sounding title; though one might assume that this activity will be as simple as taking a hike in the snow, one could argue that snow hiking is much more demanding than hiking along a trail in the woods or at a nearby park. One looking to give snow hiking a try will have to account for a great deal of variables not associated with a typical hike, but if they're able to prepare properly they'll be in for a rewarding activity.
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Proper planning
There are a few tips and tricks to Snow Hiking that can help the whole affair turn out that much more successful if followed correctly. A few these tricks include planning your hike to begin and end while the sun is still up, packing lightly, and avoiding hiking on particularly windy days.
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Great strides
Once you start hiking through the snow, you'll immediately notice that this type of terrain is more taxing on the body than dirt or sand. That's why we advise that you keep your hikes short early on and aim to complete them (going to and from) within a relatively short time span of about 30 to 45 minutes initially. As you and your Huskimo get used to the terrain over time, then you can gradually increase the length of your snow treks.
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Sledding

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Cold Day
Moderate
Hard
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Dog Sled
Dog Harness
Bungee Cables
Activity description
This final activity will really push your Huskimo to their limit. Sledding again continues the trend of being an activity with a deceptively quaint and unassuming name. In reality, Sledding is one of the most physically intense activities a Huskimo, or any other dog breed for that matter, could ever possibly attempt aside from Rescue Work or K-9 Training. As mentioned before, snow dogs like Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes were practically bred for activities like sledding, mushing, and skijoring. Huskimos, therefore, have a better shot at successfully completing this activity than most other dogs, but they'll still need training and your support.
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No weight
When you and you Huskimo first try this activity, we recommend that you don't put any weight on the dog sled for a while. This will allow your dog to get used to the feeling of the sled and to adapt to the new way they'll have to walk and position their body.
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Light weight
After a few weeks of training without any weight attached to the sled, we feel that your dog will then be ready to workout with some light weights added on. We recommend not adding any more than 20 pounds of weight to the sled so that your dog can start to build up their muscles without overexerting themselves.
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Heavier weight
Lastly, after enough time has been spent training with light weights, your dog's muscles should be developed enough at this point to successfully be able to bear the weight of at least one 35 pound plate. Load the sled with heavier weight and keep a close eye on your dog; if it looks like they're struggling, don't hesitate to take the heavy weight off and train some more with the light weight. But if they look like they've got a handle on things, then congratulations for helping your dog succeed at this activity.
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Trick Training

Just about every dog out there loves learning new tricks by having their brains teased and getting rewarded with treats in the process. Huskimos can learn to sit, stay, lay down, and roll over with time and practice and they can learn more advanced tricks if you're so inclined to help them do so.

Dock Diving

Most dogs love to make a splash in the water and Huskimos are no exception! If you have access to a pool of some sort and a ball, then you and your Huskimo can give Dock Diving a try. To successfully pull it off, all you need to do is toss the ball into the water and then encourage your dog to dive in after it.

Conclusion

After reading this article, we imagine you're feeling a bit eager to get out there and have some fun with your Huskimo. We're big advocates of safety first here at Wag!, so we urge you to keep that in mind while you're trying out any of the activities featured on this list. Huskimos are tough dogs - indeed, they're some of the hardiest and durable hybrid dogs a person could ever encounter - but they've got their limits, just as any other creature does. Always exercise caution and restraint when sledding or performing any activities in the snow. And watch your Huskimo's back, as they're sure to be watching yours.