Activities For Shockers

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Introduction

A Shocker sounds like something you would use to cause vibration or a shock, but it’s a breed of dog – and a lovely one at that. A Shocker is a designer breed consisting of a Shiba Inu and an American Cocker Spaniel. They are medium-sized dogs, love to spend time with family, and can be within a household with other dogs and children. While their activity requirements are not substantial, you may still find that playtime, walks, and other fun activities are necessary to keep them in fit and healthy condition. What’s more, given their stubborn nature, you may also find that they require training and early socialization to prevent dog aggression. If you want a dog that’s not clingy and doesn’t mind you leaving them at home alone, a Shocker is for you. However, you can spoil them rotten to stop them getting bored with these activities below.

Walk

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

When you own a Shocker, it’s all too easy to get into the habit of not doing anything fun with them. After all, they are a low maintenance dog that doesn’t mind doing their own thing and you not paying them any attention. However, to keep them in premium condition, you need to provide them with ample physical activity. A daily one-hour walk can be more than enough to cater to that requirement. When the sun’s shining, or even when it’s cloudy, you can grab your dog, their leash, and a waste bag and head out on a jaunt together. The walk will give you both the fresh air you require, all the while strengthening the bond between human and man’s best friend.  

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Walk type
As Shockers are a medium-sized dog, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to walking options. You will find they are more than up to the challenge of a nature hike, while also being content with a walk around the block as well. Before you head on your outing, think about the journey you’re in the mood to take. Do you feel like the peace and serenity of a park? Or, do you prefer the hustle and bustle of a busy street?
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Walk with interest
To walk your Shocker is an effortless task. Even though they are stubborn with a significant prey drive, you will find they can be relatively easy to walk on a leash. However, pay attention to your surroundings. If they see a squirrel or other wildlife around, they won’t think twice about yanking your arm to pull you in the direction of it. Thanks to the Shiba Inu parentage, their prey drive is high.
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Obedience Training

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Any Day
Expensive
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treat
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While Shockers aren’t the most disobedient dog, they are stubborn. As a result, they would prefer to do whatever they want to do rather than what you expect of them. Obedience training can help to make your dog far more obliging of your commands, but it can also help them to learn crucial socialization. Shockers get on well with other dogs, but you are likely to have far more success and control when you take them to puppy school – or obedience training – as soon as you bring them home as a puppy. While the financial investment can be significant, the returns can be substantial. After all, you can’t put a price on a well-behaved pup. This all-weather activity is one that only requires a leash and a treat as well, so why not sign up today and start the process? 

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Research
Research is a crucial part of booking your Shocker into obedience training or puppy school. After all, when it comes to your dog, you only want the best for them. The best trainer is going to be one who knows how stubborn the American Cocker Spaniel and Shiba Inu mix can be, while also helping them to learn the necessary commands and socialization skills they require to become a well-rounded dog. When you research various trainers, pay attention to their ratings, accolades, and facilities.
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Know your dog
If you are taking your Shocker to obedience training when they are a little older, you may find that you need to write a list of things you need your dog to learn. Often, older dogs can be harder to train and can already have bad habits that may be challenging to change. Think about things your pup does that you’d rather they didn’t. You can then book in and talk to your trainer, remembering everything you need help to achieve.
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Train and practice
Training takes place at an all-weather facility over an eight-week period – or longer. Even though the sessions only run for an hour or less, you will need to practice what you learn at home as well. Sit, stay, and come are all necessary skills to learn, but you can also learn and practice how to combat dominance and food aggression typical of the Shocker breed as well.
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Toy
Activity description
From a young age, your Shocker can benefit from frequent and weekly trips to a dog park facility. Given the dominance of Shiba Inus, such trips can help to make sure your dog has the best socialization with other dogs and learns to play on even ground. Trips to the dog park are also rewarding when the sun’s shining because it’s a fun and free activity that you can do together to fill in an hour. It can tire them out far quicker than many other activities while helping you to socialize with other dog owners as well. It’s a win-win situation!  
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Select a facility
The dog park variety on offer is incredible, with many facilities catering to owners and their furry friends. You can pay admission and go to a fenced facility with water and other fun activities, or you can opt for the free variety. The majority of dog parks feature three fenced enclosures for small, medium, and large dogs. The best facility for a Shocker is one with a section for medium dogs where you can keep a close eye on them.
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Start slow
The first time you take your doggo to the dog park may be challenging. It’s an entirely new situation for your pampered pooch, and they may not be sure how to react. To make sure they are going to play well, walk them around the enclosure on their leash and pay attention to any signs that they won’t be okay to interact with other dogs. Raised fur, a slow tail wag, growling, lip curling and teeth bearing can all be signs that your dog is not comfortable. However, if they are excited and showing interest in playing, you can let your dog in to begin play.
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Supervise play
Just as you would supervise your children at the park, you must also monitor your dog. Give them a toy to play with, but make sure they will share it with their newfound dog friends as well. Before long, they will be running around, having the time of their lives, burning off all that pent-up energy.
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Bubbles

Shockers have a high prey drive which means that blowing bubbles is something that is bound to appeal. When you have 20 minutes to spare, blow bubbles for your Shocker and watch as they run around trying to get them. This fun activity is also very affordable, with bubbles only costing a few dollars to buy. However, make sure the mixture you purchase is non-toxic and safe for children and pets. Store it out of reach of pets and children as well.  

Chew Toys

Shockers aren’t destructive, nor do they require a lot of your attention. However, if you want them to enjoy stimulating activities while they are at home, why not invest in a few chew toys? Shockers have sharp little teeth, so not any chew toy will do. Instead, you need to purchase chew toys designed for tough chewers. These typically feature a more durable rubber that is harder to destroy. 

Conclusion

Shockers will shock you with how low-maintenance they are. They don’t ask for a lot, but in return, they offer a lot of love and loyalty. If you want to earn this love, then don’t underestimate the power of a few pawesome activities to fill their day. Take them for a walk or a dog park trip, or even offer stimulation in the form of obedience training. The sky’s the limit for how you can reward your Shocker for being your best friend.