Activities For Siberian Shibas

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Introduction

Do you wish you could find a dog that had both the stoic mystique of a Siberian Husky as well as the endearing charm of a Shiba Inu? Do you also like trying out new activities on an eager dog and are looking for a dog with a similar disposition as yourself? Then consider adopting a Siberian Shiba into your family, as a member of this designer breed may very well be the perfect pet for you. Siberian Shibas result from mixing Siberian Huskies with Shiba Inus. As such, Siberian Shibas like to try out all sorts of activities due to the wide range of things both of their parents can do respectively. This guide will go over a few ideas that you can try out with a Siberian Shiba and continue engaging in if you both like them.

Active Frisbee

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Frisbee
Activity description
This activity will allow you to take out two birds with one stone - bonding with your dog and getting a light workout session in. Active frisbee refers to the act of doing small sets of exercises while your dog chases after a frisbee you've just tossed. You can really get creative with this activity, as you can do anything from sit-ups to push-ups or jumping jacks while your dog gives chase to something more intense like jogging a few yards in the opposite direction that you've thrown the frisbee so that your dog will have to run further to get back to you.
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Active frisbee best practices
You definitely will want to stretch your body before you get too deep into this activity; active frisbee involves a lot of sudden movements so you'll want to be limber to avoid getting cramps. We also suggest keeping the exercises light and not worrying about completing too many reps (short for repetitions) per each exercise. Help your pup to stretch, too by gently manipulating their limbs before and after the session.
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How to play
Active frisbee is a very intuitive activity for both parties involved, meaning that there isn't a whole lot of set up to this game. All you really need to do is get your dog to notice the frisbee (you can wiggle it in their face while prompting them to chase it,) toss the frisbee a few yards away, and then do as many reps as you can while your dog chases after the frisbee.
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Hiking Trip

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Moderate
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45 - 120 min
Items needed
Water and snacks
Doggy Waste Bag
Leash
Activity description
Both Siberian Huskies and Shiba Inus love going for long walks and drinking in nature's beauty, so it makes sense that their Siberian Shiba children would be just as emphatic about getting out and seeing the world. It's for that reason in particular that we suggest you take your Siberian Shiba on a few hiking trips when you have the time. Hiking trips provide many health benefits to both dogs and humans and the two of you will also bond from the activity in the long run. You'll need to spend a decent amount of time planning for a hiking trip, but this activity isn't too hard to get into after you get that stuff out of the way. Moderately expensive as you will want to buy a backpack for supplies, hiking can be done in all types of weather as long are you are prepared.
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Plan accordingly
Well, the actual act of hiking is simple enough; it's essentially just walking along a hiking trail while adapting to the terrain along the way. However, there is an aspect to hiking that requires a lot of thought - the planning phase. This phase consists of considering everything that you'll need to do before you and your dog actually set foot on the trail. Where do you actually want to go hiking? What do you need to bring? How long is the trail from start to end? What types of flora and fauna might you encounter on the trail? You'll want to find the answers to all of the questions and then get a hold of the corresponding materials during the planning phase.
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Trek and enjoy
As you begin your trek, take note of the starting location and check your watch so that you return at the time that corresponds with the information you left with the folks back home. Your first hike or two should be kept to a short distance as you will want to assess your dog's abilities on the unfamiliar terrain. Each successive hike can be more involved. Keep your adventuresome Siberian Shiba on-leash at all times. Pick up after your pet along the trail as you trek; a responsible dog owner always leaves visited sites as pristine as they found them.
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Kayaking

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Any Day
Moderate
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45 - 60 min
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Kayaking Equipment
Dog Life Jacket
First Aid Supplies and Water
Activity description
Siberian Shibas are one of the dog breeds that have the perfect disposition for an activity like kayaking. They are keen for adventure and in fact, can be high energy. Taking a dog that likes to be constantly on the go out on the water can be a challenge; keep them close by and make sure that they have excellent recall skills before taking them on an outing. Kayaking has a bit of a learning curve to it, so we recommend that you spend a good amount of time getting the hang of the activity on your own before you bring your dog with you. But when you are able to bring your dog along for a kayaking trip, you'll notice how quickly your Siberian Shiba will adjust to this particular activity. Energetic and eager, your pup will be ready to check out the equipment and go for an excursion. Buying a kayak if you don't already have one can be costly, while renting one is only a moderate expense for such an awesome day.
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Back to basics
This step really only applies to those readers who either haven't gone kayaking before at all or who are still the process of learning how. Spend some time improving your kayaking skills on your own before you take your Siberian Shiba with you; it will be a lot easier to kayak with your dog once you've become more proficient at this activity in your own right. You will need to be alert as you paddle and you must teach your pup to stay on board before heading out too far.
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Dog kayaking tips
Your Siberian Shiba will instinctively feed off your energy during the trip, so as long as you keep a level head your dog will try to do the same. Bringing a life jacket for both yourself and your dog is essential and doing so will help you stay at ease during the trip. It also won't hurt to bring some first aid supplies and water to stay healthy and hydrated.
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Jump Rope

For this activity, you may need to get a buddy to help you by holding the other end of the jump rope. If you aren't able to, then the next best thing to do would be to tie one end of the jump rope around a tree or some sort of pole. Either way, the idea is to slowly move the rope over and under your dog so that they can jump over it in rhythm.

Boating

Boating is a lot like kayaking, only you and your dog will be in a much larger vessel that'll likely have enough room for a few other people or pets. You can also go boating by way of a motorboat if you don't want to physically paddle yourself across the lake or ocean.

Dog Soccer

The next time you think about taking your dog to the park, consider getting a soccer ball that the two of you can play around with for a bit. Siberian Shibas love giving chase to things, so playing a few games of keep away with a soccer ball can be a great way to safely and constructively tap into your dog's chase instinct.

Conclusion

We hope that we've been able to shed some light on the habits and characteristics of Siberian Shibas by detailing just a few of the activities you can do with these dogs. Siberian Shibas are awesome pets that can make great companions for all sorts of people, providing you have the will to command a Siberian Shiba's respect; they make a great addition to your life as they are very intelligent dogs who are fiercely loyal to their families but they are also very headstrong breeds who can easily rule unseasoned pet parents.