Activities For Pitchows

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Introduction

The Pitchow is a unique hybrid dog that results from mixing the American Pit Bull Terrier with the Chow Chow. Oftentimes, there is no set look or appearance for this breed since they can inherit a mix of attributes from both parent breeds. The personalities of the Pitchow may also differ from one dog to another since the parents have contrasting temperaments. In general, however, you can expect this breed to be gentle and compliant to their owners but they can be wary around strangers. Pitchows are also known for their independence. Despite this, they still like to have plenty of play time and bonding moments with their families. 

Swimming

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Flotation device
Activity description

The American Pit Bull Terrier is renowned for being one of the most active dog breeds in the world. On the other hand, the Chow Chow is not really known for having high energy levels. Therefore, the Pitchow will likely need only a moderate amount of exercise to remain fit and healthy. A good and enjoyable physical activity that your Pitchow can engage in is swimming. Not only is swimming a great way to burn off some extra energy; it is also low-impact and will not lead to the damage of your dog’s joints. While you and your dog can technically swim any time you want to, the best time to do so would be during the hot summer days as a way to cool off. 

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A spot for swimming
Aside from it being a fun activity and an excellent form of exercise, another great thing about swimming is that it can be done in multiple spots. Do you prefer to swim in a pool? There are plenty of dog-friendly pools where you and your dog can go for a dip. If you want a more natural setting, you can always venture out into the local lake or beach. Wherever you choose to go, swimming with your best bud will certainly be amusing.
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Get wet
Once you have picked a swimming spot to visit, take your dog with you and get wet! Even though most dogs are natural swimmers, it won’t hurt to equip your dog with a flotation vest or device to lessen the chances of drowning-related incidents. You can even bring some floating toys and play fetch while in the water. Just be sure to keep an eye on your dog and be on the lookout if they are having difficulties or getting tired.
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Donate Doggy Blood

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

It may come as a surprise to some but there is actually a constant need for pet blood. Similar to how human blood transfusion works in case of accidents or other conditions, pets who have lost a significant amount of blood need to undergo transfusion. These supplies of blood are typically stored in veterinary clinics. Most adult dogs, regardless of breed, are eligible to become a blood donor as long as they are in excellent health. Being that they are fairly large and healthy, Pitchows are ideal candidates for blood donation. By having your pooch donate blood, you get a sense of fulfilment by saving the lives of other canines who are in need. 

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To the vet
If you have plans of having your dog donate blood, the best way to start is to visit your trusted veterinarian. Your vet will determine whether or not your dog is qualified to become a blood donor. They need to confirm that your dog is physically fit and free from any diseases in order to donate blood.
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Donate blood
Once your dog is given a clean bill of health, the next step would be to have them go through the actual procedure for blood donation. Oftentimes, the vet clinic can conduct the procedure and store the donated pet blood. You may also reach out private blood banks or emergency animal clinics to find out how you can donate blood. The session typically lasts for about 15 to 30 minutes and is pain-free for most dogs.
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Reward your dog
The best way to end a fulfilling blood donation session is to reward your dog for being a hero. Most veterinary clinics give pet donors a gift for contributing to their cause. You can also take your dog out for a hearty meal at a dog-friendly restaurant or go shopping for some toys and treats at your local pet store.
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Carting

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Harness
Cart
Bricks or Rocks
Activity description

In general, Pitchows need only an average amount of exercise to retain a healthy mind and body and to boost their overall wellbeing. Out of the many physical activities that your Pitchow can engage in, carting is one of the most suitable choices. Because this designer dog possesses the strength of the Pit Bull and the calm temperament of a Chow Chow, they are the perfect candidate for dog carting. In this activity, your dog will simply pull a cart that contains some heavy items such as bricks or rocks. Carting can help develop your Pitchow’s muscles and keep them physically fulfilled for the entire day. 

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Buy carting gear
When it comes to dog carting, you need to have the proper equipment. Aside from the cart itself, your dog will need to have a durable harness and cable that can withstand the weight of the cart. This harness also needs to securely fit your dog to prevent any harm or damage.
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Train your dog to pull
A common mistake that some dog owners make is immediately getting their dog to pull the cart without prior training. The best way to train your dog to pull is by putting them on a harness and leash. Bring your dog outside and take them for a stroll. Then, gently pull on the leash to add some resistance. This will force your dog to use more power to try and pull you. Do this every day for a week to get your dog accustomed to the pulling sensation.
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Get started with carting
After getting your dog used to pulling, you can move on to the real thing and incorporate the actual cart into your training. Attach the empty cart to your dog’s harness and find a wide open space where your dog can practice carting. To get them to start carting, walk just slightly ahead of your dog and have them follow you. Once your dog becomes familiar with the feel of the cart on their harness, you can eventually add weights such as bricks or rocks to make the activity more challenging.
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Weighted Walk

The Pitchow is a strong and muscular dog whose figure should be maintained. If you want to make regular walks more physically-stimulating for your pooch, you can add weights into the mix. For this activity, you will need a doggy backpack or weighted vest. Add about 10% of your dog’s body weight into the vest and take your dog for a short 15-minute walk. This activity is good for tiring out your dog and developing their muscles.

Play Chase

Chase is a timeless childhood game that can easily become an owner-pet activity. Simply take your dog out to your backyard and call out your dog’s attention as you try to outrun them. The game can last anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes or until your dog gets tired of running around. 

Conclusion

When it comes to the wide selection of mixed breeds, the Pitchow might not be the first one to come to mind because of the seemingly odd combination of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Chow Chow. However, this breed has a lot of charming qualities that can make for a wonderful home pet.