Activities For Shiba-Chis

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Introduction

Shiba-Chis are the result of intentional crossbreeding between a Shiba Inu and a Chihuahua. When it comes to working out their likes, dislikes, and personality traits, you’re going to get a mixed bag. Some Shiba-Chis naturally socialize quickly and are easy to train, while others are reserved and take a little more effort. What doesn’t typically change, however, is their physical activity requirements. A Shiba-Chi’s needs are minimal, and they aren’t a dog you’ll need to run for miles every day. However, to keep them in tip-top shape, consider adding these games and activities to their routine. 

Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Toy
Activity description

An hour-long trip to the dog park is a significant activity for a Shiba-Chi, not only for their physical health but their social skills as well. By nature, both the Shiba Inu and Chihuahua can be hard to socialize, as they are not dogs that need other companions to be happy. Therefore, the sooner you can take part in this regular activity, the better. The next time it’s sunny, grab a leash, toy, and waste bag, and make a trip down to your local dog park. It won’t cost you a cent, but the value you get from the entire experience will be immeasurable. 

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Select a park
The first step to taking your dog to the park is by selecting one that’s going to work for their complex requirements. Even with training, you may not be able to trust your dog to stay by your side or come back when called, so you need to establish that the enclosure you choose is like Fort Knox. Any small hole will be all it takes for your pup’s Shiba Inu traits to kick in and send them on an adventure. You should also have access to a small dog enclosure, rather than one that includes them all in one pen.
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Start slow
If you get your Shiba-Chi as a puppy, then they will be likely to take the trip to the dog park in their stride. After all, at a young age, everything you do with them is a new experience. However, if it’s a new routine you are looking to create when they are a little more mature, then you may need to take it slower. Don’t throw them into the enclosure right away. Instead, walk them around it with the leash attached, helping them to become familiar with their surroundings.
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Play
If you are confident that your Shiba-Chi is going to have an excellent time playing with other dogs in the small enclosure, then let them in. Make sure you supervise their play and remain close at hand. You may even like to include a toy into their play session so they can share it with their newfound friends.
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Walk

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

Sometimes all it takes to cater to your Shiba-Chi’s requirements is a half an hour walk in the sunshine. You don’t need to spend any money, use any fancy equipment, or even take much time out of your day. Instead, all you need is a few route options in mind, a leash, a waste bag to keep your neighborhood tidy, and an excited dog who’s ready to go! A walk is equally as good for you as it is for them. It enables you to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air and exercise – either by yourself or with friends. 

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Location
As previously mentioned, no matter how much you train a Shiba Inu, you still can’t let them off their leash and expect them to remain by your side. They can be quite stubborn which means that you need to take them on a walk with a lead or harness. There are bound to be many on-leash areas to satisfy your needs, including local parks, walking tracks, and even neighborhood streets. Change it up a little by choosing a different walking route every time.
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Walk
With a few routes in mind, you can now put your sneakers on and begin pounding the pavement with man’s best friend. It’s also an excellent idea to include walks in the summer sun as a regular part of your schedule. Then, your Shiba-Chi will always have something fun on the horizon.
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Chew Toys

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Rainy Day
Moderate
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Bully sticks
Rawhide
Teething toys
Activity description

If you are looking for a rainy-day activity that will test your Shiba-Chi’s intelligence to the limit while not costing the earth, then chew toys could be for you. There are many great options on the market, including hard rubber, bully sticks, and rawhide. While the price tag for chew toys can be on the moderate end of the scale, you will find that you can entertain them for an hour or more per day when you can’t take them out in the rain. What’s more, it keeps them out of trouble while you can carry on with your daily chores. 

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Rawhide treats
Rawhide is an excellent treat option for dogs who are tough chewers. Therefore, they are perfect for Shiba-Chis who may love to chew a little more than most. Rawhide is a cow or horsehide that manufacturers cut, grind, and shape. They may also have a flavoring of either beef, liver, or chicken. Because of the hardness, rawhide makes an excellent chew toy. However, owners must always supervise their Shiba-Chi with such a treat and be wary of digestive irritation, choking, and blockages.
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Bully sticks
Bully sticks are a popular chew toy option for all manner of dog owners due to how many boxes they tick. You can use them to distract your dog from their boredom, clean their teeth, and even treat them. Bully sticks consist of beef muscle which can be beneficial for your dog’s coat, muscles, and brain function.
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Teething toys
If you don’t mind supervising your dog as they chew, then there are plenty of teething toys that are bound to pique your pup’s curiosity. Dogs love to eat, but there are “right” and “wrong” items. Teething toys should not come apart quickly, nor should they feature toxic materials. Speak to your local vet about the best teething toys, or make sure you read the directions on the packaging and supervise their play.
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Obedience Training

If your Shiba-Chi is anything like their Shiba Inu parent, then training will be a breeze. To a degree, a Shiba Inu can even toilet train themselves. However, to master the basics such as sit, stay, and come, you may need professional help. When you bring your puppy home for the first time, book them into a puppy school facility. Here, they can learn essential life skills that will benefit you both in later life.  

Fetch

Not every Shiba-Chi is going to immediately know how to play fetch, or show an interest. However, you can teach your pup to enjoy the game, making it the perfect rainy-day activity, with a little bit of practice. Throw a dedicated fetch toy then run with your dog to get it. Encourage them to pick it up and, when they do, give them a treat. Before long, they will eagerly pick up the toy if it means they will get a reward. 

Conclusion

A Shiba-Chi can bring a lot of joy into your life as they don’t require a significant amount of entertainment in return for endless love. If you want to show your pup you appreciate them in your life, however, then why not try these pawsitively exciting activity options above? They can provide you both with the mental and physical stimulation you require.