Activities For Husky Jacks

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Introduction

Today we're going to talk about Husky Jacks, and we're not talking about power tools. Husky Jacks are a relatively new breed of hybrid dog that results from crossing a Siberian Husky with a Jack Russell Terrier. Husky Jacks retain the stoicism their Siberian Husky parents have become known and loved for while also exhibiting the same type of hyperactivity and springiness their Jack Russell parents are known for, on certain occasions. These dogs can be quite a handful for the inexperienced dog owner, so we've put this list of activities together with the hope that it will help any Husky Jack owners out there, in turn, help their pet become all they can be.

Let's Give Chase

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Leash
Water
Activity description
Let's start things off nice and simple with a good old-fashioned game of chase. For those of you who don't know, a game of chase is a lot like the game tag; one person chases the other around and the latter party has to do their best to evade capture. What separates chase from tag is that chase was created with dogs in mind. As a result, a game of chase can be played with the human as the chaser or the dog. Husky Jacks, due to their natural athleticism and muscular bodies, tend to excel at games of chase once they know how to play.
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Set the stage
The most crucial element needed to properly play a game of chase is lots of open space. So whether you decide to head to the park or your local beach to play chase with your Husky Jack or if you'd like to play the game out in your backyard, make sure you and your dog have plenty of uncluttered, unobstructed space.
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Give chase
There really isn't too much one has to do to prepare to play a game of chase. We here at Wag! advise that you and your Husky Jack stretch your limbs before either of you start running around the place but otherwise go out there and have fun.
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Scooter Skills

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Any Day
Expensive
Normal
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Scooter
Dog Mushing/ Joring Scooter
Dog Harness
Leash
Activity description
This particular version of scootering that we're going to discuss may be a bit more involved than you might initially suspect; Scootering involves tethering yourself to your dog via a specialized leash or bungee cable and then encouraging your pet you help pull you along a particular path. This activity can serve as a great workout for your dog while also providing yourself with a nice ride and pleasant view of your surroundings. Husky Jacks are fairly strong dogs who also like to be put to the test, so they'll likely take to this activity quite well once you show them the ropes (both figuratively and literally.)
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Safety first
With activities like this that involve tasking your dog with pulling certain objects while being tethered to them, it's important not to take any shortcuts or be too impatient. Read all of the instructions that are likely to come with your dog harness as well as any instructions that are sure to come with your dog scooter.
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Choose your stage
It may initially seem like the only reason to be concerned with this portion of the activity would be ensuring that you pick a location with a beautiful view, but there's definitely more to it than that. When you're looking up locations to go scootering, check and figure out which kinds of flora and fauna are inherent to the locale and pack accordingly.
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Be encouraging
For the last part of this activity, keep this mantra in mind when you and your dog actually go out scootering. This activity isn't the toughest one out there but it's definitely unconventional and may take some time before your dog (or possibly even yourself) gets fully acclimated to it. Just continue to approach things with a "can do" attitude and you'll eventually find that you actually can do it.
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Flyball Challenge

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Tennis Ball
Hurdles
Flyball Box
Activity description
We've finally arrived at the toughest activity on this list and believe us when we say that we've saved the best for last this time around; Flyball is an exciting sport that pits two teams of dogs in a fast-paced race against one another to see which team can successfully jump the hurdles, obtain the ball from the spring-loaded flyball box and traverse the hurdles again, back to the start. This activity is tough. This activity is intense. But above all else, this activity is incredibly rewarding. Husky Jacks have everything a dog could want or need to naturally excel at this activity, so all that's left is for you to help whip them into shape while providing morale boosting support all the while.
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Flyball practice
You'll really want to hunker down on trying to improve your dog's stamina, sense of coordination, and ability to multitask during this step. We suggest setting up a safe DIY hurdle course at home or at the park and then practicing with your dog on a consistent basis until they get the fundamentals of the game down. Your dog needs to understand that the hurdles must be jumped, the ball caught once the pup jumps at the flyball box, and then the hurdles attempted again.
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Get in the game
Once your pup has the idea of flyball, look for a team that is willing to take a beginner on. Enjoy the teamwork and after all of that training, it's time for you and your dog to show the world what you're made of. And we feel that you don't have to win or place high to do that by the way; so long as you and your dog see this activity through to the end and you maintain an air of fun and good sportsmanship about you, you'll have succeeded in our eyes and we bet in your Husky Jack's teammate's view as well. Consistently attend practice and soon your pal will be a pro!
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Active Hide and Seek

This modern twist on this classic game gives you the opportunity to burn calories and tone up your muscles while also encouraging your dog think outside the box in order to win! This activity is essentially the same as a traditional game of hide and seek with your dog, but it encourages you to complete quiet exercises while you wait for your dog; planks, sit ups, push ups, and a number of pilates and yoga exercises will all work great with this activity.

Treasure Hunting

Husky Jacks love being given the chance to put their natural abilities to use, including this breed's great sense of smell. If you're looking for a fun and exciting way to help your Husky Jack hone their sense of smell, consider giving this activity a try; head to the beach or a similarly wide open area, hide a number of toys and treats that your dog likes, and encourage them to find them using their sense of smell.

Conclusion

Husky Jacks might not be as well known as other hybrid dog breeds but they certainly are on their way to making a big impression on not just the dog community, but the world at large; Husky Jacks are innately equipped to handle all sorts of work and have the potential to become great rescue dogs, seeing eye dogs, or mushing dogs if given the proper training. More than anything else, we hope that his article will help people begin to see the latent potential inherent in all Husky Jacks and begin looking for ways, both new and old, to help these dogs reach it.