Activities For Sibercaans

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Introduction

Sibercaans have quite an interesting pedigree; these hybrid dogs are a mix between a Siberian Husky and a Canaan Dog. What makes their heritage so interesting is the fact that Canaan Dogs are actually the national dog of Israel. Moreover, Siberian Huskies and Canaan Dogs have a number of contrasting qualities that set them apart from one another; Siberian Huskies are snow dogs who were bred to mush with other dogs in a group while Canaan Dogs are a breed of pariah dog that tends to wander around from place to place by themselves. These contrasting qualities are balanced out in Sibercaans, who possess traits from both of the parent breeds that allow them to engage in a number of activities.

Scootering

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Any Day
Moderate
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45 min
Items needed
Kick Bike Scooter
Leash
Activity description
Scootering is a fun activity that you can try with your dog that doesn't take as much set up as some of the other activities on this list. This activity consists of a pet parent being pulled forward by their dog as the parent stands on a kick bike scooter and holds on to their dog's leash. This activity isn't too physically strenuous on dogs as the scooter will do most of the work. Really, all a pet parent needs to worry about while trying this activity is guiding their Sibercaan safely through terrain and making sure the both of you don't get too carried away.
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Scootering basics
You'll need a reliable leash and a well-made kick bike scooter before you and your dog try this activity out. You'll likely already have a few leashes by now but we imagine you may have to buy a kick bike scooter or a least rent one. Kick bike scooters can range from $100 to $300, but the higher cost is usually worth it for the quality of the material.
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Scooter safety
Actually getting used to the kick bike scooter won't be too hard as you control these devices by kicking against the ground to gain momentum while turning the handle to steer with your arms. Things can get slightly difficult while scootering with your dog because you'll need to use one hand to hold on to your dog's leash. That's why it best to do this activity in places with lots of wide open space, so that you and your pup will have more wiggle room.
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Agility Training

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Dog Treats
A-Frame
Ramp
Tunnel
Hoops
Activity description
Both Siberian Huskies and Canaan Dogs are pretty spry dog breeds, so it's no surprise that their Sibercaan offspring have naturally inherited their speed and agility from their parents. If you're interested in helping your pet further hone their natural dexterity, then consider having your Sibercaan complete a few agility training courses. These courses will definitely challenge your dog both mentally and physically, but the benefits your dog will gain from completing a few agility training trials will definitely be worth it. Some dog caretakers have their dogs undergo agility training to help them get ready for dog shows but, even if you have no interest in entering your dog in a show, we think agility training is worth it for the structure and refinement it will afford to your dog.
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Agility training basics
Agility training is an umbrella term that refers to a whole host of activities as opposed to defining one, singular activity. Having a dog jump through hoops, maneuver through obstacle courses, run up and down "A ramps" and balance themselves on odd surfaces would all fit the agility training bill. Your dog will be doing most of the physical work during these activities, but you'll still need to be nearby to provide support and maybe even a demonstration!
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Course or DIY
There are really only two ways you can go about training your dog in agility; going the do it yourself route or getting a professional agility trainer to help you and your dog. Doing it yourself is harder in a lot of ways because you'll have to set up and break down the manifold pieces of agility training equipment by yourself but it tends to be a very cost friendly route. Getting in touch with a professional dog trainer tends to more expensive than doing it yourself, but the cost is worth it.
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How it all works
What's going to happen during agility training sessions is that your dog is going to be presented with a particular obstacle or piece of equipment and you're going to help them understand how the obstacle works so that they can master it. Take the A-ramp we mentioned earlier; this piece of equipment consists of a wooden ramp-like structure that your Sibercaan will need to sprint up then bound down. It can take a dog a bit of time to figure out how quickly they need to move to get up the ramp and how slowly they need to move to get down safely, so the both of you will have to continue practicing until your dog masters it.
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Backpacking

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Moderate
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12 - 72 hrs
Items needed
Backpacks
First Aid Kit
Food and Water
Activity description
This activity is less about speed and more about endurance. Backpacking is a lot like hiking only it involves walking for much longer stretches of time and being out among the elements for days or even weeks at a time. Sibercaans are fairly adventurous breeds by nature, so they'll relish at the opportunity to take a walk on the wild side with their favorite person in the world. Backpacking isn't exactly an activity for the faint of heart; if you're not all that fond of the great outdoors or the idea of camping out in the wilderness for days at a time, we recommend hiking with your dog instead as the principles behind both activities are very similar. If you are interested in backpacking but haven't done so before, then we think you should keep your trip about 3 days long.
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Backpacking basics
Despite being the hardest activity on our list, backpacking is probably the most intuitive; there isn't much else to it besides putting one foot in front of the other and walking from point A to point B. Rather the difficulty in backpacking comes during the planning stage; finding the right area to go backpacking in and making sure that you have enough supplies to stay healthy while also not overburdening yourself can feel like a difficult juggling act at first. That's why we recommend outfitting your dog with a backpack as well, to split the load.
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Other considerations
We've talked about the idea of backpacking through the wilderness quite a bit, but one can actually go backpacking through major metropolitan areas as well. Funnily enough, it actually tends to be more expensive backpacking through cities because you and your dog would likely need to find dog-friendly hotels to sleep in as opposed to setting up camp and roughing it. Either way, backpacking through a city may be worth considering if you'd like to try this activity but aren't as keen on the great outdoors.
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Trick Training

Siberian Huskies are among some of the most trainable dogs in the canine kingdom; they can learn to perform all manner of tricks once they're properly incentivized and do so without fail over time. Sibercaans can reach that same level of competency with enough training, so set aside some time each day to work on a trick with your dog if you'd like to see them reach that point.

Dog Puzzles

A lot of the activities we've talked about throughout this guide have been very physical in nature, so here's one that doesn't require as much physicality but that'll still challenge your dog in new and exciting ways. Dog puzzles are great games that you and your dog can try out no matter the time or the weather and they encourage your dog to solve problems by thinking outside the box.

Conclusion

Sibercaans are very flexible dogs that can learn to accommodate humans of all walks of life, so we think they'd be a good fit for you whether you're a first time pet parent or a long time caretaker. Sibercaans have distinct personalities, so you'll likely figure out what kinds of activities your dog likes trying out as you spend more time with them and get to know them better. The activities here are great places to start, but we'd also like to encourage you to keep looking for new, safe, and exciting ways to bond with your dog over time.