Activities For Shairn-Inus

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Introduction

Shairn-Inus are quirky, friendly medium sized dogs that result from crossing a Cairn Terrier with a Shiba Inu. These adorable furballs can look drastically different from one another, with some members of the Shairn-Inu family looking more like a Cairn Terrier whose coat is slightly more red than usual and with other members of this hybrid breed resembling a Shiba Inu who's build is more stout than typically seen. However, your Shairn-Inu ends up looking, we can guarantee that your dog will have tons of energy that they'll need to burn. Here are a few creative and constructive ways that you can help your dog do just that.

Explore Your Environment

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
45 min
Items needed
Leash
Water
Doggy waste bags
Activity description
If there's one thing Shiba Inus and Cairn Terriers have in common, it's that both breeds tend to get very bored very easily. And as anyone who's ever cared for a dog can tell you, a bored dog is a restless dog. So if you don't want your Shairn-Inu to start tearing up the furniture or acting overly anxious all the time, we think that exploring the environment you live in can be a great way to spice up your Shairn-Inu's life. Leash up your pup and see all the sights your city has to offer. Look for trips and tours through local areas as well.
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Sight seeing
One of the best benefits from doing this activity is that one may very well come to see a city or county that they've lived in for decades in a brand new light. Shairn-Inus have inherited the natural curiosity of both of their parents, so they won't just want to look around - they'll want to get up close and personal with various buildings and statues. When you sense it's appropriate, we suggest you walk your dog over to a structure that they're curious about so that you both can examine it.
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City limits
Earlier in our description of this activity, we specifically said it'd be a great way to see everything your city has to offer. But if you're more of the outdoorsy type, there's no reason you can try this activity out in areas like hiking trails, boardwalks, beaches, and even woodland areas. Anywhere that's safe, easy on the joints, and filled with natural curiosities would be a great area to go exploring.
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Trick Training

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1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Toys
Activity description
Teaching your Shairn-Inu new tricks is another great way to help them beat boredom; Shairn-Inus are fairly showy dogs who love being the center of attention. Teaching them new tricks will help them find new ways to impress others and set up a foundation that will help them pick up obedience training later on. Though this activity might sound really tough, there are quite a few tricks that are incredibly easy to teach to your dog; you can teach a dog to sit, stay, lay down, and shake with nothing but a few dog treats and toys to hold your pup's attention.
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Atten-hut
We briefly touched on it before, but getting and keeping your dog's attention is one of the key parts of teaching them a new trick. That's actually what the dog treats and toys are for; basically what you're going to do is hold the dog treat in front of your Shairn-Inu and then you're going to lift it or lower it while saying a command. After lowering all the way to ground and saying "lay down" enough times, your Shairn-Inu will eventually be able to go prone just by hearing the command, treat or no treat.
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Repetition equals mastery
We really covered a lot of ground with the step before this one; teaching a dog a new trick is all about getting their attention and getting them to perform a certain action on command. After that, it's all about repetition; repeatedly testing your dog to see if they're really getting the commands down or if they still need more practice. Just remember to reward your dog's attempts with praise all the same - successful or not. Supporting them in their efforts is essential to having a dog willing to learn new things.
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Obedience Training

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15 - 30 min
Items needed
Dog Leash
Water
Activity description
Earlier we mentioned that trick training can be a great way to help your dog eventually transition into full blown obedience training. If you've taught your dog all the tricks you can but you'd still like to help your pet refine their ability to follow commands, think about enrolling them in an obedience training course. While trick training can help your dog get used to the idea of following your commands, obedience training can help change their perception of you; your Shairn-Inu can come to see you more as their leader on top of being their friend, and will be less likely to pee and poo in the house - among many other benefits.
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It's a match
We often go through a lot of trouble in order to make sure that we've found our perfect matches for a lot of things in life; we'll spend hours upon hours scouring the net and consulting experts to make sure that we're getting the right cars, houses, clothes, and spouses that compliment our personalities - why not do the same for your dog? Use all the resources you can to find the right trainer for your dog, then see about meeting them to get a feel of who they really are and if they'd be a good fit for your puppy.
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Side by side
The wording of the previous step may have implied that you're going to leave your dog in the care of a trainer for a period of time. On the contrary, the idea is that you, your dog, and their trainer will all complete this process together - sharing in victory and in defeat every step of the way. The key part in getting your dog to see you as their leader is showing them that you respect and care enough about them to spend your time and energy to help them improve.
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Hoops and Hurdles

Keeping in line with the agility based activities we've listed, teaching your Shairn-Inu to jump through hoops and bound over hurdles is an excellent way to help them build their stamina, agility, and confidence. You don't even have to shell out a lot of cash to set this activity up either; if you've got a hula hoop and a broom lying around, you can use both of those items as a makeshift ring and hurdle respectively.

Obstacle Courses

Shairn-Inus tend to like ripping and running all over the place, so we figured we'd list another activity that can help them do that constructively for good measure. The next time you're able to gain access to a wide open space, bring some poles and chairs along and then encourage your dog to dash through the makeshift obstacle course you've just made.

Conclusion

We think that you can't go wrong with a Shairn-Inu, as these pups are a very adaptable breed; they'll make great pets no matter the space of your home and they're pretty low maintenance dogs on the whole. That's not to say that Shairn-Inus like being left alone for long stretches of time; quite the opposite in fact, as Shairn-Inus love being by their caretakers' sides. Rather, Shairn-Inus don't take much to please and can learn to be fairly independent dogs to a degree. Introducing to activities like the ones we've listed above are great ways to help your dog further develop so that they can be the best they can be.