Activities For Native American Shepherds

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Introduction

The Native American Shepherd is what you get when you combine a Native American Indian dog with a German Shepherd. For those of you who don't know, Native American Indian dogs have a number of physical features that make them look just like wolves. These features are a result of selective breeding by ancient Native Americans who were looking to create a companion that looked like a wolf but had the personality traits and spirit of a dog. Native American Shepherd breeders have worked to achieve a similar result, aiming to create a dog that has the appearance of a wolf but the intelligence and sheer adaptability of a German Shepherd.

Visit Alaska

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Cold Day
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72 hrs
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Food and Bowl
Vaccine Records
Dog Leash
Activity description
While Native American Indian dogs were said to have populated North, Central, and South America, the highest concentration of their fossils has been found in Alaska as well as South America. Should you choose to visit Alaska with your Native American Shepherd, you and your dog will be able to visit a plethora of historically and culturally significant sites on top of engaging in a number of sports and activities in which thick coated, intelligent dogs excel at. This trip will have a moderate to expensive cost, so you should start saving up as soon as you can. While you and your dog can visit Alaska during any season of the year, the state is perpetually cold, so bring your best winter attire for the occasion.
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Travelling tips
Most will look to take a plane to Alaska - either a commercial craft or a personal plane - which is one of the better ways to touch down in the Last Frontier. Boating over to Alaska is also a solid way to travel but it may not be as practical as taking a plane depending on which hemisphere you live in. Since Alaska is covered in snow almost all the time, you and your dog can mush through the area together if the both of you know how. Case in point, there are many ways to travel to and through Alaska.
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Unlimited possibilities
In Kodiak, Alaska, the phrase "possibilities unlimited" isn't just an optimistic saying, it also refers to a company that offers charter tours around the state for those looking to see the Last Frontier in a new light. The Possibilities Unlimited Company will happily allow pet parents to bring their dogs along for the journey at no extra cost, meaning your Native American Shepherd can explore one of America's youngest states as you do.
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Smokey Bay Air
Located in Homer, Alaska, Smokey Bay Air is a company that offers flight-seeing tours to paying patrons. Dogs are also allowed to accompany their human family members on these tours, meaning that both you and your Native American Shepherd can get a bird's eye view of the Great Land before or after you're ready to explore on foot.
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Gem Hunting

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Any Day
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1 hr
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Dog Leash
Waste Bags
Mineral Collecting Tools
Activity description
Did you know that many of the canine companions of the ancient Native Americans were so revered that their human companions would often have them buried with precious stones and jewelry when they passed away? In the same way that the ancient Egyptians were said to revere cats, the ancient Native Americans adored dogs to the point of giving them proper burials at the end of their lifespans. If you're as passionate about your pet as the ancient Native Americans then you should consider going out with your Native American Shepherd and looking for a precious stone that really clicks with them. Gem hunting is best done on a sunny day, when it'll be easier to see the crystal structures of rocks. This activity isn't too expensive, as you'll only need about $100 to $200 to acquire your required materials.
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Location is key
Gem hunting is the sort of activity that can only be performed in certain areas; cave systems, mines - those are the sort of places that are best for searching for precious and semi-precious stones. Some caves are more dog-friendly than others though, so you'll need to do your research ahead of time to see if a particular cave is canine compatible. You can also find a number of mineral deposits in places like forests and canyons, so you and your dog will have a lot of venues to choose from.
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Eyes like a hawk
Keen sight is really the most valuable tool for finding precious stones on these sorts of trips. If your Native American Shepherd has undergone a bit of tracking training, you can probably ask them to help you look for a specific kind of rock that you know is common in a certain area after you've shown them a sample of it. Otherwise, leave no stone unturned and search everywhere that's safe.
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Native American Musical Freestyle

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1 - 2 hrs
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Music Player
Dog Treats
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Canine Musical Freestyle is one of the most intricate activities that a person and their pet could do together. This version of the activity makes things even more challenging by requiring that one's dance routine pay homage to Native American culture. This activity requires a lot of focus and coordination from both human and canine performers - it definitely isn't the sort of thing you can pick up and master in just a few short days. Thankfully, it won't cost much to try this activity out - you can get a few dog treats and a decent music player for less than $100 these days. You and your dog are also free to do this activity during any kind of weather, as it's mostly an indoor sport.
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Step by step
One of the best ways to teach a dog a dance routine is to break the whole thing down and work on each step of the dance individually; show your dog which moves you'd like them to perform during the first 30 seconds of a song, then reward them with treats when they successfully pull them off. Your dance routine should be no longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds, so breaking the song down into 30 second intervals means you only have to do this step no more than 5 times.
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Rehearse and revise
The old saying "practice makes perfect" definitely applies to this activity but don't be afraid to make changes to your routine if you notice that your Native American Shepherd is struggling with a particular maneuver. This sort of issue typically arises when extremely complex moves are woven into a dance (such as flips and paw-stands.) Switch those moves out for more practical ones and see about trying the more complex moves again later on.
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Round Robin Recall

This activity is a great way to introduce your family and friends to your new furry friend while also teaching your Native American Shepherd their name and how to respond once that name has been called. Form a circle around your dog that comprises of yourself and your loved ones. Give everyone in the circle a few dog treats. After everyone's got a treat, ask everyone to take turns calling your dog over to them. Once they make it, the person is supposed to give them a treat before someone else calls your dog over and repeats the process.

Ice Fishing

The Native American Indian dogs of old were no strangers to the concept of accompanying humans on fishing trips. In a way, this activity is one of the tasks that your Native American Shepherd was bred to excel at. Should you decide to go fishing with this dog, teach them how to retrieve certain tools on request as well as aid in carrying supplies from one place to another.

Snow Fetch

The Native American Shepherd's thick coat isn't just for show; these dogs can engage in all sorts of winter sports and activities without incident due to their thick, full coats. Snow fetch is a more friendly, less physically intense game that you and your dog can play together. Just pack a few balls of snow in your hand and lightly toss them towards your dog. They'll try to catch it but will only end up turning it to water and drinking it instead.

Conclusion

Native American Shepherds are truly fascinating dogs that we feel will eventually become just as popular as their German Shepherd parents with time. We mean, how can they not take the world by storm; Native American Shepherds are smart, loving, kind, friendly, and brave dogs who can learn to perform a number of feats and aid humans in a variety of tasks. To top it all off, they look like Dire Wolves that stepped right off the set of Game of Thrones! We think it's only a matter of time before enough word gets out about these awesome dogs before everyone wants to adopt one for themselves.