Activities For Nekitas

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Introduction

So, you are a fan of really big dogs? You must be if you are the proud owner of a Nekita! These huge dogs are a combination of a Neopolitan Mastiff and an Akita, an interesting and powerful combo for sure! You will definitely need to find ways to keep this big pup entertained, active and having fun on a daily basis so give these activities a try. All are hand-picked to be perfect for Nekitas and their beloved owners as well.

Guard Dog

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Collar
Treats
Activity description
When people see a Nekita, they may automatically be intimidated by the dog's pure size. This is true even if your Nekita is the most friendly, lovable pup on the planet. However, this reaction people have toward your pup can be beneficial if you want a dog that can protect and guard you. Teaching your dog to be a proper guard dog does take training and patience as you want to be sure your big pup behaves as you would like them to. You'll need to stock up on treats but this training can take place any time of year, regardless of weather.
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Obedience training
Having a dog that listens to your every command is the first step in training a guard dog. Your Nekita needs to be completely in your control, following any direction that you give them. Practice basic commands frequently, every day if possible, to ensure your dog knows that you are in charge.
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Educated Barking
Train your Nekita to bark on cue and also, how to stop barking on cue. This will be helpful if you want your Nekita to appear intimidating and to ward off any dangers. Anyone who sees a pup this big barking will surely back away! When your Nekita barks in everyday life, say "bark" and toss them a treat. This very trainable dog will quickly learn what "bark" means!
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Practice
Practice the behaviors you would like your Nekita to display when they are guarding you. Have your pup move in front of you, bark and stop upon command when a "stranger" (or volunteer friend) approaches. Have your dog stay in between you and the "stranger" and then, direct them to stop. Practice often and consider hiring a professional guard dog trainer as well if you want your pup to be even more well trained.
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Running Games

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Any Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Collar
Tennis Ball
Leash
Activity description
Nekitas are a breed that absolutely needs exercise. They need it often and they need a lot of it on a consistent basis. This commitment to letting your Nekita get out their energy is a big one but also one that you should not ignore if you want a healthy and well behaved pup. Nekitas are especially big fans of running and this is also one of the most efficient ways to give your dog a workout - nothing beats a good run! All of these running games are free and easy to set up. While you may want some sunny weather for the outdoor parts, you can also run your pup inside and you'll see how!
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Run together
Put a collar and leash on your Nekita, then grab your running shoes and head out for a nice run together. While Nekitas are not built for great distances, they will be able to safely go a good stretch. Plan for a mile or two with your pup and always follow their pace, never pulling them along and stopping if they need a break.
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Stair run
When the weather is bad, that doesn't mean that your Nekita wants the day off from running. Head to a stairwell and start at the top, tennis ball in hand, Nekita by your side. Toss the ball down the stairs and have your Nekita retrieve it, running all the way down and all the way back up. A few stair runs and your Nekita will be worn out for sure!
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Constant fetch
While fetch can be fun for both you and your dog, constant fetch will give your Nekita even more of a workout. Bring 3-4 tennis balls out to an open space and throw the first one for your dog to chase. Right before they return to you with the first ball, throw the second so they have to turn around and run again. Repeat, constantly throwing tennis balls, until your Nekita is worn out - it may be a while!
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Get Social

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Leash
Collar
Activity description
Nekitas can be a tricky breed to read when it comes to their comfort level around others.  Some Nekitas are always happy to be around people and pets while others may exhibit dominant, snappy behaviors. This is thanks to both the Akita and Neapolitan Mastiff breeds being iffy around strangers as well. In order to curb this behavior, it is best to socialize your Nekita from a young age. Socializing your pup can be easy but it does take a decent amount of time and requires consistent interactions. However, making friends is free, fun and something you can do any time of year.
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Single friends
Start socializing your Nekita by introducing them to one dog at a time. Have your dog on their leash, under your control, and let them meet a new pup slowly. Start by allowing your dogs to sniff each other, then pull them apart. Go for a walk together as a "pack" and then let them play together afterward freely but with the leashes attached just in case. If your first playdate goes well, time to move on to more friends!
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Dog park
After your pup has made a few friends successfully and new dog meetings are going well, bring your Nekita to a local dog park. Let them sniff around on the leash at first before letting them run and play. Most likely, your Nekita will settle right in at the dog park and quickly start playing with other pups. This is exactly the behavior you want and shows that your dog is becoming socialized!
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Human friends
While making dog friends is important, it is equally necessary to have your dog get along with all types of people. Invite friends and family over often to interact with your Nekita. Have them pet your pup, toss a ball around and give them treats. The more your Nekita gets to know that all kinds of people are friendly, the better off they will be!
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More Fun Ideas...

Water Play

Nekitas do best in the cold weather and may need a way to cool off on hotter days. Set up kiddie pools and sprinklers for your pup in your yard to help them stay cool and also have fun!

Doggy Classes

Nekitas are very trainable but can sometimes have a stubborn streak which may require them to get extra training. Look for an obedience class near you where you and your Nekita can learn commands and general good behaviors.

Conclusion

A Nekita is a breed of dog that is not for the novice dog owner. They are big, they are active and they can be a little stubborn. However, when properly trained and exercised consistently, Nekitas are a great family dog, committed to their owners and enjoying a good snuggle on the couch every now and then. So play a few of these activities with your dog, maybe start by bringing them for a good run, then cuddle up and give them some attention. After this, you will have a best friend for life.