Activities For Shar-Pei Pitbull Terriers

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Introduction

Despite the fact that Shar Peis and Pit Bulls hail from opposite sides of globe, these two breeds actually have quite a bit in common with one another; both Shar Peis and Pit Bulls are medium sized dogs with short snouts and short ears who also have a lot of energy. When you mix these two breeds together, you get a Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier - also commonly referred to as a Shar Pull Terrier or a Shar Pit. Shar-Pei Pitbull Terriers have just as much energy, if not more, than both of their parents meaning that you'll need to find creative ways to workout with a dog if you're thinking about adopting one.

Obedience Training

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1 hr
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Obedience training is something of a must for all Pit Bull related breeds, including the Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier, because it's important for these sorts of dog to understand who is the leader of their pack as soon as possible. Obedience training is all about teaching pet parents a number of methods that they can use to help their pets gain better control of their impulses. A lot of the trouble that dogs tend to get into stems from their impulsive nature. Pit Bulls are particularly impulse driven dogs but they, along with all of the breeds related to them, can learn to exercise more restraint with time and patience.
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Choose your method
There are two ways a person can go about helping their dog control their impulses; on their own or by getting the help of a professional dog trainer. Going about the DIY route has it's perks, namely being more cost friendly than hiring a trainer, but it's much more difficult and probably shouldn't be attempted by inexperienced or unconfident dog caretakers. Hiring a professional can be pricey but if you get in touch with the right person, you'll find the experience to be worth every penny.
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Commit
No matter which route you decide to take, it's important that you and your dog practice on a regular basis and attend every scheduled class. You don't have to practice each and every day of the week per se, but you also don't want to let too much time go by between each session. If you and find the time to work on impulse control with your dog every other day or at least 4 days out of the week, you'll begin to see results.
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Follow through
There are a number of obedience training games you can play with your dog outside of class or after a session to keep the momentum going; having your dog sit on command, play with dog treat toys, and retrieve various objects on command are great ways to reinforce a number of the ideas the two of you will have worked on in training.
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Hiking

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2 - 4 hrs
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Water and snacks
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Doggy Waste Bags
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There aren't too many differences between dog hiking and traditional hiking, save for the words placed in front of "hiking" on both occasions;  both activities consist of briskly walking from one destination to another by following a pre-set hiking trail. Both activities are honestly simple enough but there will be a number of things that you'll have to consider before you can go dog hiking that you wouldn't normally have to think about otherwise; you'll need to check if a particular trail you're interested in is dog-friendly as well as which supplies you'll need to bring along for your Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier as well as yourself. Weather is always a factor, too; although one can hike in almost any type of weather once their skills are top notch.
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Plan and pack
You're likely already thinking of a number of things that you'll need to bring for the trip as you read. Great job thinking ahead! Prudence is such a rare trait these days, so good on you for taking the initiative. You will also want to use resources like Google and Yelp to see what you might need to bring for a specific trail so that you don't end up bringing too much and weighing yourself and your dog down more than need be. Research the trial well so that there are not any surprises along the way - always have a good estimate of your trekking time.
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From point A to point B
That's the gist of dog hiking in a nutshell; for you and your pup to walk from one point to another side by side. An important rule to note is to keep family at home informed as to your destination. Carry a cell phone as well. Bring plenty of water and extra layers just in case the temperature dips unexpectedly or a rain cloud pops out of nowhere. If your Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier shows sign of fatigue, take a water break and head for home.
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Sand Exercises

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30 min
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This unconventional yet fun activity is a really cool way to knock out two birds with one stone; running in the sand will help train your dog's legs to a large degree, making this activity count as a strength training exercise, while also kicking your dog's heart into overdrive, making it count as a cardiovascular exercise. There isn't much set up needed to get into this activity; all you and your dog will need to have a great sand running session is an area with a lot of sand (a beach is best) and a good pair of running shoes that you won't mind getting a bit sandy by the end of the run.
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That's a stretch
We know it's conventional wisdom to stretch your body before doing anything really physical. To keep the cramp monster away while you and your pup are out running, stretch out your legs and all four of your pup's to get your limbs limbered and ready for the challenge. Do the same at the end of the activity for maximum benefit.
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Pace yourself and your pup
The second you set foot on the sand, you're going to find out that it's a lot harder to move and keep your balance in the sand than it is effortlessly doing so on even ground. That's why it's best to simply jog through the sand on your first few attempts and try to run after a few weeks of jogging. When you do start running through the sand, do so for short distances first and wait to try running for longer distances later. Together with your dog, build up stamina and technique week by week. Leave the beach area in pristine condition by picking up after your running partner as needed.
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Agility Training

You might be surprised to see how deft and nimble your Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier can become after they've completed a few agility training courses. Your dog can benefit from jumping over hurdles, running up "A-ramps", and dashing through dog tunnels in more ways than just physically. Your companion can also become much more confident after they finish a few agility training courses.

Swimming

Swimming is a great way to cool off with your Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier while also helping them burn fat and build muscle. Many dogs tend to get very anxious around large bodies of water when they're young, but if you continue to encourage your dog to give swimming a try in safe and controlled environments, they'll eventually get over their anxiety and will be able to let their keen natural instincts take over.

Conclusion

Shar-Pei Pitbull Terriers are a very rare breed to come by, meaning that these dogs aren't as well known or understood as either of their parent breeds are. Should you follow through with adopting a Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier into your family, you'll be taking on two new roles in a way; one role will be as the leader of the pack while the other will be as an ambassador for your dog's particular breed. By taking your dog to various places, letting them get involved in a number of activities, and by helping them socialize with others, you'll be influencing the world's perception of these incredible dogs.