Activities For Samoyeds

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Introduction

The Samoyed, or Samoiedskaya Sobaka, is probably the cutest doggo in the world. We don’t know what it is, the white, fluffy fur, the adorable smile, the button black eyes, or the puffy tail, Samoyed’s are just like fairytale dogs, as cute as they come. They were first bred by reindeer herders in Siberia to help with the herding and pulling sleds, and they got their name after the Samoyedic people who live in the icy Siberia. 

Flyball

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Flyball is one of the dog sports that Samoyeds excel at due to their nature and love for sporty activities. The competitive game includes dogs racing against each other to the finish line, jumping over hurdles and capturing the tennis ball. It is usually run in teams of four, although you can do that only with your doggo as a fun activity for the weekend. However, if you want your baby to compete, you’ll be happy to hear that there are numerous teams and associations all over the world that can help you train your dog and make them a champion.

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Fetch first!
First of all, you need to teach your pup to play the game. Bring them to your local flyball track, and start teaching. You should teach your pup to catch the ball first, and you can do this at home. Play fetch with them for about half an hour each day so they can learn how to properly catch the ball in the game.
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Hurdle on
Add some hurdles to your fetch game to spice it up. At home, place a hurdle in front of your doggo and throw the ball over it. Your pup should jump over and retrieve the ball, learning how to jump over hurdles in the process.
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Whole course
When you got the basics covered and you had your fair share of practice, go to the course and have your pup go through all the obstacles and try to complete the game. Cheer on them and make sure to give them the tastiest treat they ever had in the end!
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Mush

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Cold Day
Moderate
Hard
2 hrs
Items needed
harness
treats
sled
Activity description

Since Samoyeds were bred in Siberia, it is no wonder that they absolutely love the snow. When the temperature falls below zero, your dog cannot be happier, and when you think the snow will devour the whole planet, your pup is actually in heaven. Samoyeds love mushing, and they love to exercise their muscles by pulling something, so this activity can be perfect in the super snowy weather when you just want to have fun, or go to the store with your doggo.

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Prepare with quality
Get a good harness. We cannot stress this enough, the harness has to be good quality and comfortable for your dog. Since your Samoyed will be pulling a substantial amount of weight, the harness must not hurt them in the process, so look for a reputable brand to keep your doggo safe.
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Teach commands
Before venturing onto your mushing adventure, teach your pup how to pull on command. Have them pull something, like a piece of wood or an old tire. Encourage your pup to pull the object and use the command Mush! to teach them to pull on command. Once they learn how to pull a tire, you can upgrade to a small sled and teach the other necessary commands.
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Mush!
Now mush, mush, mush. Since you are all prepared with a harness and winter gear, you can start having fun in the snow! Your pup will enjoy pulling your sled and you’ll surely laugh out loud when you see their wagging tail that is hardly distinguishable in the snowy surroundings.
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Skijoring

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Cold Day
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Hard
1 hr
Items needed
skis
harness
treats
Activity description

Skijoring is similar to a mush game in many ways, however, instead of sleds, you would use skis. Skijoring basically means “ski driving” and it is a popular sport in the Scandinavian region, especially suitable for doggos such as Samoyeds. As mentioned before, Samoyeds are winter dogs, and they absolutely adore any activity that includes pulling and snow. Including your pup in your skijoring activity is a great way to bond with them, as well as to get some exercise in the cold weather that usually forces you to stay indoors and longingly look outside the window waiting for the snow to melt.

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Suit up
Before you get outside you need to make sure you are properly prepared. Get a good harness and have it fitted for your dog’s size. Let your pup get used to the harness by having them wear it for five or ten minutes at first and praise them when they manage to stay calm.
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Prepare to pull
Once your pup is comfortable with a harness at home, take them for a long walk with the harness on. They should get used to the feeling of “pulling” you using the strength of their body instead of their neck where their leash usually is. Encourage your pup to lead you by pulling in the direction they want to go.
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Skijor!
Finally, it is time to go skijoring! Get your equipment, your pup, and your good spirits and hit the snowy outdoors together! You can use the command Mush! as well, to let your dog know that they are basically doing the same thing as with mushing, pulling forward and leading the way!
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More Fun Ideas...

Cup Game

Train your doggo’s mind by playing a cup game! Hide a treat under a cup, put two others beside it and shuffle them. Then, let your dog guess where the treat is.

Kong

Have some peanut butter fun with the Kong! Your pup will love this toy, and it is a great way to keep them busy when it’s raining and you don’t want that pretty white fur to get dirty!

Conclusion

Samoyeds are adorable and faithful companions that are blessing the world with their charming smile every day. This doggo loves the snow and loves cold weather, and most of all, loves to be active, so don’t be afraid to hit the slopes with them or take super long walks in the snow. Your pup will thank you and reward you with their love and devotion!