Activities For Huskitas

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Introduction

Huskitas are a cross between a Siberian Husky and an Akita Inu. Breeding these two dog breeds means your pup could have traits from both breeds or favor traits from one of the two breeds. Generally, Huskitas are playful, energetic, and intelligent, which means that they are a lot of fun to have around, but they also need a lot of stimulation to remain happy and healthy. These dogs range from medium to large, so your activities with them may vary greatly depending on their size.

Agility Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description

Agility training can be a fun way to teach your dog new tricks. Whether your dog is large or small, agility classes can help your dog release energy. Finding a place that teaches dogs agility can be challenging, but once you find a place, you will enjoy watching your Huskita learn how to go through the course. Alternatively, or as a precursor to a course, you can set up a practice course in your yard to get your energetic Huskita used to traversing obstacles. At home obstacles can include hurdles fashioned from wood or PVC pipe, jumps using a hula hoop, and a kiddie tunnel for crawling through. While taking a course will be more costly than at-home practice, your pup may learn more quickly with a trainer and may feel more confident when they see other dogs enjoying themselves.

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Sign up for a class
Find a local agility class and sign your Huskita up for a couple lessons. Try the lessons out and see if your dog gets some exercise and learns some new tricks. If they seem to be having a good time, you can sign them up for more. Agility classes can be a great family activity as well.
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Work with a trainer
Working with a trainer is the best way to teach your dog how to go through agility courses. If you and your dog are having a lot of fun, you can consider a private trainer or private classes. If your Huskita does better learning alone, you may want to invest in private lessons from the beginning. The trainer will decide on the best teaching method; they will either want to do the initial training, or have you involved right from the start.
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Let them compete
Huskitas are very active, so signing them up for agility competitions can be a fun activity for them. Let them compete at local competitions and show off at local events. If you and your athletic pup are really into it and don't mind traveling, you could even start doing regional or national agility competitions.
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Mountain Hikes

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Sunny Day
Free
Hard
1 - 6 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water
Pet First Aid Kit
Activity description
Huskitas need a lot of exercise, and one of the most exciting outings for a Huskita is a hiking trip. If you live near the mountains, you have the opportunity to take your dog on a grand adventure. While extremely intense hikes may be too much for a Huskita, less intense hikes can keep a Huskita busy for hours. All you need for a hike with your Huskita is a leash, water for your pup, and a pair of hiking shoes for yourself. Make sure that you stick to paths to avoid run-ins with dangerous animals, however. You will also want to make sure that the weather is going to be decent during your hike, as you don't want to be surprised with rain or snow without being prepared.
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Find a mountain trail
It is very important that you look for mountain trails that are going to be manageable for you and your Huskita. Start on easy trails and work your way up to harder ones. Make sure the weather is also appropriate for hiking before you get out on the mountain. Always let a family member know that you are off on a trek and tell them your expected time of return.
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Hike safely
Hiking doesn't require any training, but you will want to make sure that you are being as safe as possible. Get out on the trail, but don't push too hard at first. You may discover that your dog can be out on the trail for hours, or you may need to keep your hikes short and sweet. Listen to your Huskita and your own body. Take rest periods and be sure to hydrate often - both you and your dog!
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Biking

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Bicycle
Dog Bicycle Leash
Activity description

If you like to bike, why not take your Huskita with you on your next excursion? These athletic dogs will enjoy running with you as you bike around your neighborhood or along nature trails. The best part is that you get to spend quality time with your dog without spending a lot of money. Make sure that you are aware of your dog's limits. You should always start out slower, taking shorter trips to get your pooch used to running as you bike. Start with a mile or less to help your Huskita's paw pads to get stronger. When you start to go on longer journeys, make sure that you bring water for your dog. You may need to take a few breaks to allow for your pup to drink.

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Gear up
You may already have a good bicycle, but if you don't, you are going to want to invest in one. For your dog, you will need a bicycle leash, which can run up to about $60 each. You can also scout out a good biking location on your computer or phone before you set out with your Huskita. Initially, the biking session should be very short, enabling your dog to get used to the sensation of running beside the bike. Some pet parents will walk the bike around the block once a day for a few days, with the dog trotting alongside, so that their dog becomes accustomed to the bike.
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Hit the Road
Once you have your biking gear (which hopefully also includes a helmet), you are ready to get your dog leashed and on the road. Biking leashes attach to your bike, so you will want to make sure that connection is strong before you start your route. As previously mentioned, start with a slower ride for a shorter distance to get your dog used to these excursions. Once your dog is ready, you can start building up to longer routes. Another point to remember is to stay on quiet streets when undertaking this activity.
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Tug of War

Get a toy out and get ready to pull. With your Huskita on one end of a rope or other toy, you will both be tired after a long game of tug of war. Be sure that you use a toy that can't easily be pulled apart and ingested to keep your pooch safe.

Swimming

Many dogs love swimming when it is warm outside. If you have your own pool or live near a lake, pond, or beach, you can take your Huskita swimming with relative ease. If you don't have these opportunities, however, many local pools offer end-of-season doggy swim days that don't cost a lot of money. When you take your dog swimming, don't rush it, especially if it is their first time trying it.

Conclusion

Huskitas are energetic and athletic dogs that require a lot of physical activity. If you have a Huskita, you need to be ready to get out and about very frequently. Huskitas are very smart, which means that you can take include training and other difficult tasks in your adventures together. Remember to watch out for injuries during all of your crazy expeditions together.