Activities For Poo-Shis

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Introduction

One of the most intelligent dog breeds is the Poodle; when paired with the Shiba Inu, the resulting offspring are loyal family dogs known as the Poo-Shi. The Poo-Shi is generally medium-sized, and they are reputed for their guarding skills. They are a fairly active breed; you must plan to provide both mental and physical activity for this designer pooch. They enjoy interacting with their families immensely, so activities that involve playing with you or even learning commands and a few fun tricks will provide both mental and physical exercise for the Poo-Shi. The Poo-Shi is not to be confused with the Shih Poo, which is a combination between the Shih Tzu and the Miniature or Toy-sized Poodle.

Tricks and Fun

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
15 - 30 min
Items needed
treats as a reward
Activity description
The Poo-Shi's (Standard) Poodle parent breed has a history which spans from working in the hunting field to performing tricks with the traveling circus. Poodles were known for their ability to learn quickly, and this made them adept for both tasks. Take advantage of your Poo-Shi's great intelligence and penchant for performance to teach them some neat tricks such as shaking hands, rolling over, and begging for a treat. For the Poo-Shi, it is very important that mental stimulation takes place on a regular basis. This highly intelligent breed can become mischievous when bored.
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Learn to shake
Learning to shake is a fairly easy beginner trick for the Poo-Shi. First, have your pup sit, and hold their attention. Show them your open palm, which holds a treat. Make your hand into a fist and hold it at Fido's nose. Out of natural curiosity, they will eventually bat at your hand with their paw. Once they do, say "shake" and allow them to bat at your fist once or twice more. Next, open your fist and praise and treat your pup. Repeat as necessary.
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Roll over, roll over
The next trick is rather easy for your clever dog to perform. You will need to have already taught your dog to lay down on command. Have them get into the down position. Hold a treat in front of their nose, then move it to their shoulder. As you do this, say "roll over." They should soon be lying on their side. Praise and treat. Now, take a second treat and hold it so that your dog can see. Move this treat to the opposite side of them. Again, they should roll to the opposite side. Praise and treat.
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Beg
Learning to beg is yet another simple trick that you can teach your Poo-Shi. Have Fido sit, and show them a treat in your hand. Slowly raise the treat directly above the dog's head. Your dog will raise themselves in response. Eventually, they will be on their haunches in an attempt to grab the prized treat. You can choose to praise and treat at this point, or you can continue raising the treat so that the dog is standing on their hind legs. Praise and treat again!
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Play Ball

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
tennis ball
small soccer ball
fetch toy
Activity description
The Poo-Shi is easily bored, and when this breed becomes bored, they can be destructive. This can lead to chewing and other undesirable behaviors. You should devote at least one half hour daily to a walk, but even a daily walk can become monotonous for the Poo-Shi. The best way to prevent boredom while keeping your dog busy involves playing a few ball games. You can engage your Poo-Shi in a game of catch, soccer or grab a fetch toy (these are shaped like the letter "o" and are filled with stuffing). Spend at least twenty minutes at play, and then you can bet your adventurous dog will be ready to rest.
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Catch
Poo-Shis love playing with balls. The tennis ball is generally the perfect size for play. Catch is different from fetch in that there is no expectation of your dog bringing the ball to you. In fact, you may have to keep two or three other tennis balls handy for play. Keep in mind that this hybrid loves to jump and catch the tennis ball, and this is the true object of the game.
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Soccer
This interactive game requires you to get out and play a little. Grab a soccer ball (the smaller, the better) and get your eager dog's attention. Kick the ball to them, and watch as they push and maneuver the ball with their feet and nose. When it seems that your Poo-Shi might leave the ball, step in and kick it again. Play until they lose interest.
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Play fetch
You'll need the fetch toy for this activity. Just as you would with catch, toss the toy so that your dog will run to get it. Now, you'll want to implement the command "give." Ask your furry companion to come to you and "give" the ball to you. Toss it again, and repeat the procedure for "give".
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Skijoring

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Cold Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
sturdy harness
skis
Activity description
The Shiba Inu parent breed is descended from the Spitz dog, which was often utilized to pull sleds  The Poo-Shi is likely to inherit the strength and ability to pull heavy loads. What better way to encourage this natural tendency than by placing the Poo-Shi in a skijoring session? You'll begin by gently acclimating your dog to pulling weight. You may have to train with a sled that isn't fully loaded while you walk behind the Poo-Shi. Eventually, you'll be able to hop on your skis while the Poo-Shi pulls you along - and that's the fun of skijoring.
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Observe and learn
The first thing you should do in preparation for participation in skijoring is to find a locally sponsored event that you can observe. This will give you insight as to whether this activity is truly one that you want to participate in and feel that your dog will enjoy carrying out. You might consider attending one event alone, and a second one with your Poo-Shi to gauge their interest.
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Begin training
First, you'll need to get your furry pal accustomed to pulling weight behind them. Start with a little weight - although the Poo-Shi will be a strong puller, you don't want to overwhelm them at first. The weight should be just enough so that they know it is there; you can always increase the weight slowly as your dog begins to understand that they will be pulling you. Walk behind them and work the lines so that they become comfortable with that as well. There are commands to be taught too, such as Gee, Haw, and Whoa. Make sure that you learn and practice these important commands so that the experience is pleasurable for both you and your Poo-Shi.
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Join the fun
Once you believe that your companion is ready to participate, you can go for a few practice sessions in a suitable area nearby home. After you both feel at ease, you can sign up for local events. As mentioned, it is best to practice several times before participating. It is especially important to practice with your weight behind the dog. Only sign up for a skijoring event once your pup seems quite confident in their abilities. Remember that the Poo-Shi learns quickly, so you won't have to spend a great deal of time practicing.
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More Fun Ideas...

Camping

Do you enjoy taking in the great outdoors? Do you like to sleep under the stars? Does your Poo-Shi enjoy going along on hiking trails with you? Then consider pitching a tent and going camping! Be sure that the area you choose is dog-friendly. Most campsites at least require notification that you have a dog along with you.

Hiking

The Poo-Shi is built for joining you on leisurely hikes. Be sure to take along a first aid kit that has both "doggy" and human supplies.

Conclusion

The Poo-Shi is a great companion dog; however, if you enjoy taking your dog out into nature, the Poo-Shi is exceptionally happy to come along. There are many games you can play outdoors with the Poo-Shi. You might even consider participating in dog sports such as skijoring with your designer pooch! Remember to keep the Poo-Shi mentally stimulated as well as physically fit, and you'll have a happy and healthy companion.