Activities For Rus-A-Peis

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Introduction

If you’re wondering why walking your Rus-A-Pei down the street brings about looks from strangers, it’s because your pup is a unique breed. In fact, your beloved Rus-A-Pei is a designer dog created through the breeding of a Chinese Shar-Pei and either a Jack Russell Terrier or a Parson Terrier. The Shar-Pei breed is typically one of protection and guarding, whereas Jack Russells are quick, independent, and can be quite stubborn. Therefore, you benefit from both defending and intelligent traits in your Rus-A-Pei. While including a Shar-Pei in the breeding process slows your wee pup down somewhat, they still require at least 60 to 90 minutes of exercise per day. As a result, you must have your finger on the pulse of fun activities. We’ve included a few you can add to your list below. 

Frisbee

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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30 min
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Frisbee
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Rus-A-Peis are not large dogs, but they still require a medium-to-large yard for you to tire them out in with games such as Frisbee. If you find your dog is getting a little restless and wants you to play with them, Frisbee can help to satisfy their needs. All you need to play is a yard, a Frisbee, 30 minutes to spare, and a beautiful sunny day. You can then head outside with a Frisbee and begin the game. However, as the breed can be quite stubborn, it’s a good idea to make sure the area you’re playing in is fully fenced. Otherwise, they may decide they want to take the Frisbee anywhere else but back to you.

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Buy a Frisbee
The Rus-A-Pei is a relatively small dog – depending on the balance in the mix between Jack Russell and Shar-Pei. Knowing that every dog is different, it’s essential to purchase a Frisbee that’s going to be suitable for their needs. Bigger dogs benefit from thick, robust plastic Frisbees such as those played with by their humans. Smaller dogs, on the other hand, may need a Frisbee that’s a little bit smaller, and made of lightweight plastic. Otherwise, you can also find fabric Frisbees that fly equally as freely – much to the delight of your pup ready for a game of chase.
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Set up an area
Playing with a Frisbee requires a substantial amount of space or at least a safe zone. The last thing you want is for your Frisbee to go over your fence or up a tree where you can’t reach it. Therefore, before you begin to play, set up a safe area in which to throw the flying disc with no obstacles or hazards. It can make the game go so much smoother.
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Play Frisbee
Now that you’ve purchased a Frisbee and set up an area for play, there’s no time better than now to get playing! Rus-A-Peis love playing games and are an intelligent breed that knows what they are supposed to do. Their stubborn streak can mean they are a little less willing to bring the Frisbee back, but you can rest assured they are having the time of their lives and are getting the exercise they require as well.
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Obedience Training

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1 hr
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Obedience training is necessary for Rus-A-Pei dogs, especially given their dominant traits that shine through from both breeds. When not properly socialized and trained in their early years, they can be exceptionally stubborn, ignorant, aggressive to other dogs, and feature a high prey drive as well. While you may never be able to remove natural traits, obedience training can help you gain the control that your dog may have thought was theirs. While your pup may never be suitable for a multi-dog household, they can learn to control their behavior and know right from wrong. The best part is, your pooch will love the training experience which typically takes place in any weather over a period of six or eight weeks. Set aside one or two hours per week for training, which is moderate in price, and benefit from a more well-rounded dog. 

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Research the breeds
Rus-A-Peis are designer dogs, but you’re equally as likely to find one at your local dog shelter as you are to buy one from a breeder. And, in all cases, you will soon realize that you can get a mixed bag when it comes to personality traits. No mixed breed dog features mannerisms equal from both breeds. As a result, you never know what your furry friend will excel in and where you need to put in the extra effort. Therefore, before you begin obedience training, it’s a good idea to research both breeds and find out what you believe your dog’s weaknesses are as a result.
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Find a trainer
Now that you know where your dog needs some work, it’s time to find a trainer. An experienced trainer either with the Jack Russell or Shar-Pei breed is going to be in your best interests. They will understand and know their personality traits, all the while working to help you get in better control of them. What’s more, a qualified trainer can help you learn the basics right from day one such as sit, heel, and stay.
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Begin training
With all your ducks in a row, it’s time to begin training. You will have no doubt signed up for one or two one-hour sessions a week, but that doesn’t mean that’s all you need to do. During these classes, you will learn some new skills to help you and your dog. But, when you get home, you need to continue practicing. Not only do you then benefit from your dog being easy to manage, but they benefit from mental stimulation which can tire them out and make them entirely fulfilled.
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Agility Courses

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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30 min
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Agility courses are an excellent way for your pampered pooch to burn off energy, especially when they need to learn to be more social with other animals and listen to their owner. However, there is more to agility courses than meets the eye. While they’re well-priced, only take an hour or two out of your week, and you can enjoy them on a sunny day, they also have a host of benefits for your dog. Agility courses can help to solve behavioral problems, improve your pup’s reliability off their leash, and build a better bond and communication between you and your dog. What’s more, you and your Rus-A-Pei will have so much fun. 

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Find a course
Agility courses typically don’t advertise themselves that well, which can make it challenging to find one that’s suitable for your dog. If you’re not sure where to look, call local dog clubs. They will be more than happy to point you in the right direction. Most agility courses are going to be suitable for your dog because they usually cater to beginners and advanced dogs. You never know, your dog may like it so much that they become an advanced course runner in no time.
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Run the course
It may take some time for your dog to get used to the agility course, but you will undoubtedly be impressed by what they can achieve when they’re focused. The dominance and agility of the Jack Russell more than come into play here, and they will be able to navigate through tunnels, poles, and onto tables with more grace than you ever thought possible. Each course is also set up in such a way as to cater to various dog sizes. At the end of it, both you and your pup are sure to be worn out and ready for a well-deserved nap.
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Car Rides

When dogs go for rides in the car, they feel like they're on the hunt. And, given the high prey drive of the Jack Russell, there's every reason to believe they will love going on driving adventures with you. Even if you're only dropping the kids off at school, they will enjoy the sensory overload on offer when they put their head near the window, looking at the sights and sniffing the breeze. 

Walk

If you don’t have time for adventures in the city to give your dog a bit of fun and excitement, then a brisk walk will suffice. Set aside an hour to complete the walk, choosing sparsely populated areas to make it a more efficient trip. All you will need is their harness or leash, and a doggy waste bag to clean up after them. Even a short walk will have your Rus-A-Pei believing they’re on the journey of a lifetime. 

Conclusion

Your Rus-A-Pei will furever be grateful for the opportunity to spend time with you, learn new tips and tricks, and have fun by your side. While they are more likely to be a companion for you than another dog, that doesn’t make them any less rewarding to own. Set aside an hour or more per day for their exercise requirements and benefit from a well-rounded pup that wants nothing more than to be your loyal and protecting sidekick.