Activities For Siberpoos

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Introduction

A Siberpoo is a hybrid breed consisting of a Husky and a Poodle. Some people refer to them as a Poosky, Huskypoo, or a Huskydoodle. No matter what you call them, you will find they quickly become a much-loved member of your family, wanting very little in return for all the love they give. However, what they do need is a lot of physical and mental activity. If you don’t give them what they need, they can be destructive, hyperactive, and stubborn. They are not a breed that’s suitable for apartment life, nor are they ideal for someone who wants to lead an idle lifestyle. Instead, they need you to keep them fit and healthy through plenty of fun fitness activities. Here are a few of many to get you started. 

Dancing

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Any Day
Free
Hard
10 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Because your Siberpoo is half Poodle, you will find they are quick learners, always ready to pick up a new trick or skill. What’s more, their eagerness to please from the Husky side will ensure they will keep practicing until they get whatever you want them to do correctly. As a result, teaching your Siberpoo to dance is an excellent activity option. It’s hard and can take several 10-minute sessions throughout weeks or months, but with the right amount of encouragement and treats, you can nail this all-weather activity. What’s more, once your Siberpoo masters the task, they can become the life of any party. Here is how to master the spinning technique of dancing. 

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Master the circle
The first step to teaching your dog how to spin is to have them master the circle. With a treat in your hand, have your pup walk around in a circle, following the delicious snack. At the end of the full turn of the loop, give your Siberpoo the treat and repeat the process.
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Less input
Now that your Siberpoo knows how to move in a circle, and will do it freely, you can then move on to mastering it without too much of your input. Raise your hand higher with a treat in it, and use smaller motions for them to rotate in a circle. The goal is to get them to move in a full circle without full, sweeping movements of your hand. Once they complete one rotation with your hand above them, give them the treat before repeating the process.
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Treat-free
To get your dog to spin, you offered a reward. It’s okay to keep providing your dog with a treat but make it positive praise or a pat. You want them to spin with your hand gesture, rather than the promise of something to eat. Keep moving your hand around and try and include a keyword that will begin a beneficial association as well. The word “spin” with your hand motion can be enough to form a new connection.
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Crate Training

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Rainy Day
Free
Normal
20 min
Items needed
Crate
Blanket
Toy
Treat
Activity description

It might not seem like a fun activity for your Siberpoo, but a crate can be a fun activity if you train them to like it. What’s more, crate training is necessary for this breed because the Husky parentage can make them exceptionally destructive. For example, you wouldn’t leave them inside to their own devices while you pop down to the corner store! Therefore, when you bring your Siberpoo home for the first time, it’s a good idea to invest in a blanket, treat, toys, and a crate, and begin crate training immediately. It can also become a convenient rainy-day activity that can provide plenty of mental stimulation for your furry friend. 

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Don't force it
Many new pet owners make the mistake of forcing their puppy into a crate, closing the door, then leaving the house. From then on, your dog associates it with you leaving them alone and taking their freedom. Instead, introduce the crate by leaving it open for them to go in on their own. When they do, close the door and walk away. When they don’t whimper or whine, go back to them within a minute or so and give them a treat. You can keep doing this over time until you leave them in there for more extended periods, offering a treat every time you let them out.
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Add a blanket
All the exciting happenings in your home can make your Siberpoo a victim of FOMO – Feeling of Missing Out. To avoid that, you can drape a blanket over their crate, blocking out many forms of stimulation. Don’t use a thick sheet that limits ventilation, but make sure it’s thick enough to muffle sounds and block the sight of fun toys!
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Add a toy
Find a toy your dog loves but can’t destroy and place it in the crate. Because they know they have something fun to do in the cage, they will be less likely to hate going into it. Make sure the toy is not going to end up in confetti-sized pieces on your return and is safe for use in a minimally-supervised area.
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Hoop Jumping

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Hard
20 min
Items needed
Hoop
Treats
Activity description

There are many instances of Poodles jumping through hoops on TV, so knowing your Siberpoo has Poodle parentage, it makes sense to believe they are equally as capable! Why not give it a try and find out? All you need are treats, a hoop, 20 minutes to spare throughout a few weeks, and a beautiful, sunny day. You will find this activity is quite challenging, but the intelligence level of your Siberpoo can make it far more natural than with other breeds as well. Once you have everything you need, you can then begin this affordable activity which can wear your puppy out in no time at all! 

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Start slow
You can’t make your Siberpoo jump through a hoop immediately. Your dog won’t know what it is and what it does. It’s even more likely to scare your furry friend than make them curious! Instead, start by showing a treat through one side with the hoop’s rim on the ground, and trying to get them to poke their head through. If they do, give them the treat. If they don’t, there is no reward. They will quickly learn how it goes!
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Through the hoop
Now that your dog is showing an interest, you can then begin to lure them right through the circle, instead of just putting their head through. Make sure it is still on the ground and not in the air. Once they get used to walking through the hoop, begin saying the word “jump” each time they go through, then reward them with a treat. It will not take much time to master this process.
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The fun part
Now the fun begins! Start by lifting the hoop ever so slightly off the ground, carrying on the same format from step two. Use positive reinforcement, a lot of energy, and a treat to lure them through the hoop that is now off the ground. Continue using the word “jump” as you do it. Before long, you can take it higher and higher off the floor until it becomes a fast-paced and high-energy activity to deplete their energy levels!
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Dog Park

Given the energy level of your Siberpoo, it makes sense to let them play with other dogs and burn off that pent-up energy. From a young age, begin socializing them with dogs at a dog park. Take them for hour-long journeys on a sunny day, bringing along a toy for them to enjoy. It will only take up an hour out of your week, but it can set them up with vital socialization skills for life.

Hiking

The Husky breed is not idle, with them being able to walk and run for hours in all manner of terrain. That’s why if you’re a hiker, you’ll like adopting a Siberpoo. They will be able to keep up with you! Don’t be afraid to set out for a few hours with your Siberpoo by your side. Their ability, agility, and energy will surprise you. 

Conclusion

The Siberpoo is a pawsitively delightful dog, but one with which you’ll struggle to keep up! Make sure you provide your four-legged companion with as much mental and physical stimulation as possible. Otherwise, you may end up with a lot of chewed shoes and furniture and a very guilty looking pup!