Activities For Seppala Siberian Sleddogs

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Introduction

The Seppala Siberian Sleddog is an athletic breed that is unlike any other. This canine is very energetic and requires more exercise than your usual companion dog. Since the Seppala Siberian Sleddog is suited to the colder Canadian climate, and, as stated in their name, is usually a sled dog, exercising them can be a bit more complicated. There are several things to consider when you decide to adopt one of these dogs, as their thick coat is suited to the cold weather and can make exercising them in the heat a bad idea. Their high energy level also means that you will need to dedicate lots of time to being active with your dog.

Urban Mushing

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Bike, Cart
Skateboard, Scooter
Skates, Rollerblades
Leash and Harness
Running line and Hookup Line
Activity description

Urban Mushing is an activity designed for sled dogs in order to keep them in shape while the snow is gone. This activity can be performed anywhere that is safe and allows the use of a bike, cart, skateboard or any other apparatus mentioned. Your dog should be attached to the apparatus using a harness and leash, which the dog will use to pull you and the scooter, rollerblades or other device. This activity is well suited for the Seppala Siberian Sleddog, as well as other dogs who have a lot of energy to burn. Any dog can learn to mush!

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Choose your location and apparatus
When you decide to try urban mushing, you will need to choose a mode of transportation that you are comfortable with. This can be a cart, skates, a skateboard, scooter, rollerblades, bike or skates. Choose your device depending on where you want to mush, as well as what you are the most comfortable using. You also need to make sure that the park or area that you are planning to exercise in allows the use of these devices.
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Buckle up
Once you get to the park, and you have chosen your pair of wheels, put the harness on your dog and make sure that it is fastened correctly. You will also need to make sure that it will not hurt your dog or be uncomfortable for them when they begin to pull you. Next, secure the running line and hook up the line to a strong part of your apparatus.
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Mush!
The next step is to give your dog the signal and take off! Seppala Siberian Sleddogs will be naturals at mushing, but other dogs will most likely need some practice. Start slow and do not overwork your dog until they get used to the physical demands of the activity. You also cannot exercise your Seppala Siberian Sleddog too much in the heat, as they are not suited for warm climates and can get heatstroke.
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Treadmill Training

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Any Day
Expensive
Normal
15 - 60 min
Items needed
Canine Treadmill
Activity description

Many dogs who are extremely energetic can be hard to handle on the leash. Because of this, some owners may not want to take their dog out for a walk because it can be dangerous. However, energetic dogs will only get worse if they do not get exercised. For people who are in this situation, or are unable to take their pooch out for a run due to other reasons, treadmill training is a great option. This activity can be beneficial for all dogs, and is easy on the owner too. Another bonus of treadmill training is that it can be altered to suit any dog and their lifestyle.

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Obtain a treadmill
In recent years, there have been treadmills invented specifically for dogs. Obviously, you will need one for this activity! They can cost between $400-$900, depending on the size of the treadmill, and are kept in your home for you to use as much as you and your dog want.
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Start off slow
When you are first introducing your dog to treadmill training, you will need to take it easy in the beginning. Don’t make your dog exercise too fast or for too long until they get used to the machine and the physical demand of using a treadmill. Dogs should always be supervised when doing this activity.
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Gradually increase the training
Once your dog gets used to the treadmill and how it works, you can start to gradually make it go faster, increase the incline, and increase the time that your dog spends on the treadmill. Your dog will get in better shape, and it will help take care of their excessive energy as well!
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Free Running

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
45 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Toys
Activity description

Free Running - the point of this activity is pretty clear. All dogs, whether they are athletes or a family pet, will need some time to just run free and have fun. For this exercise, you will need a leash and a safely enclosed area. Dog parks or fields are great, as they are safe and have lots of space to run around. Sometimes it will be fun to bring some toys with you to play with. The great thing about free running is that while you are out of the house and in a big area, you can play other games as well. Fetch, catch and tag are all great activities to enjoy with your dog. Free running is a great game for Seppala Siberian Sleddogs, as it will improve their endurance and stamina.

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Find a safe area
As mentioned, you will need to find a safe place that allows dogs to run freely. Dog parks or nature parks are great, but if the area is not surrounded by a fence, you will need to keep a close eye on your dog and make sure that they know the basic commands like “come” and “stay”, in case anything happens.
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Set them free!
The whole point of free running is to give your dog freedom to run and get out their energy! Once you are in a safe area, release your hound and let them have fun on their own. They will enjoy spending time running, digging, chasing and doing other fun things that all dogs should get to do on their own.
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Play games
After your dog has had some fun running around, you could incorporate some games into the playtime. Bring some of your dog’s favorite toys to play tag, fetch or other activities. It is always fun to play games and get active with your dog, and having fun together will only make your bond stronger!
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Go for a Run

This activity is great for owners who like to get active with their dogs. Put on the leash and take your dog with you on your daily run to keep you both in tip-top shape!

Tag

This is a great game to play while you are out free running with your dog. Take one of their toys or a treat, show them you have it, and then run! Your dog will have fun chasing after you, and you’ll get some exercise too! Just make sure that your dog understands that this is only a game, so that nobody gets hurt.

Conclusion

The activities mentioned in this guide are perfect for Seppala Siberian Sleddogs, as the fitness training will help keep your pup's strength and endurance up when there is no snow to pull a sled. However, all dogs can participate in these exercises, especially those with high energy levels. This breed of dog needs plenty of action to be happy and healthy. The Seppala Siberian Sleddog should be allowed exercise for at least a few hours per day, but if you are busy and can only manage to get active for a half hour, a few minutes of physical training is always better than nothing!