Activities For Ski-Borders

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Introduction

If you love the intelligence of the Border Collie but want a dog who doesn't need such a large amount of exercise, the Ski-Border is the right pup for you. This cross between a Border Collie and an American Eskimo Dog creates the perfect amount of smarts and relaxation in one adorable package. Activities for Ski-Borders should challenge their intellect and give them a moderate amount of exercise. These dogs are happy to hike with you in the morning and curl up on the couch for the rest of the day.

Obedience Competitions

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Training treats
Training aids
Activity description
Ski-Borders love to learn and are eager to please their owners. In fact, one of the best activities for Ski-Borders is to enter them in obedience competitions. This is a fun activity you can practice both indoors and outdoors in any type of weather and will greatly improve your bond. Preparing for obedience competition will give your daily training routine a whole new meaning, and will allow you and your driven dog to work toward a big goal. Obedience competitions are a great way to show off all the progress you and your pup have made, and get inspiration for even more tricks. You may need to invest a moderate amount of money in training classes and entry fees, but it will be well worth the cost.
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Basic training
The beginning of any career in obedience competitions is to start with the basics. Setting a solid foundation is important for you and your dog. Find a basic obedience class with a trainer you trust and who understands how to work with Ski-Borders. These first few classes will teach you the skills you need to work with your dog throughout your obedience career.
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Adding new skills
Once you've made it through the basic training phase, you can focus your sights on a competition. You can continue working with a trainer who will guide you on which skills to work on next, or you can do your best at home. Look up common skills for beginner classes in obedience competitions and tackle them one by one. Practice at least 30 minutes per day, but don't practice more than 15 to 30 minutes at a time.
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Enter a competition
When you and your pup have plenty of practice and have mastered the minimum number of obedience skills, it's time to enter a competition. Many competitions have classes for first-time participants. Make sure you enter at the lowest level possible because the pressure of competition can change everything. Have fun in your class and make a note of things to work on for next time. Take time to bond with other owners at the competition and watch the more advanced teams for inspiration.
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Cross-country Skiing

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Cold Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Dog snow boots
Leash
Cross-country ski equipment
Doggy Waste Pickup Bags
Activity description
Your fluffy pup was built for winter travel. With a thick, furry coat and love for all things winter, Ski-Borders will love nothing more than to head out on a cross-country ski with you this winter. Cross-country skiing is one of the best winter activities for Ski-Borders (and their owners!) because it allows them to get outside and stay in shape over the cold winter months. Most northern states that experience snow have ample opportunities for dogs and their owners to experience cross-country skiing and it's an easy sport to learn. The equipment is less expensive than other ski-related sports, and once you're outfitted, there are many places to take the dog that cost little to nothing.
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Get outfitted
Even though cross-country skiing is simple to do, you still need some specialized equipment. You'll need to be outfitted with skis, boots, and poles as well as warm weather layers. Ski-Borders come outfitted with a winter coat! They will need some type of boots or musher's wax to keep the snow from balling in their paws.
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Take a lesson
The next step is to take a lesson and learn how to use your skis. It's important that you are in control on hills and can stop quickly, especially if your dog stops in front of you. Taking a lesson is worth the money and will help you progress faster on more challenging terrain. Your instructor may even give you some tips for skiing with your dog.
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Find a trail
When you're confident on your skis, it's time to find the perfect trail for you and your dog. Not all ski trails allow dogs, especially if they are groomed. You can ask at local pet supply stores or outdoor stores for suggestions or you can research online to find trails. Make sure it's not too long at first and work your way up to a harder trail as you go. Skiing with your Ski-Border will soon become your favorite winter activity.
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Dog Park Social

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Doggy Waste Pick Up Bags
Activity description
While Ski-Borders are quick to please their owners, they have a tendency to be nervous or domineering around other dogs without proper socialization. Dogs learn how to interact with others through play and punishment from older dogs. If you don't live with a pack of dogs who can teach your pup cues for polite behavior, you'll need to find a pack for them to interact with. Playing at the dog park is one of the best activities for Ski-Borders because there will always be a gaggle of willing dogs to play with your pup, show them proper behavior, and teach them a lesson if they get too rough. You can go to the dog park in almost any temperature, as long as it's a sunny day and most are free.
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Lay the foundation
Dog parks are not the place for pups who are still learning their basic obedience. While many parks have fences, you still need to be in verbal control of your pup to keep them safe and call them back to you. Before you go to the dog park, make sure your Ski-Border can come when they are called, sit, and walk well on a leash.
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Good etiquette
To ensure dog parks stay clean and safe, follow these rules with your dog. Most fenced areas have a holding area between the park and the parking lot. Don't unleash your dog until they are in this area and don't open the gate for any unleashed dogs. Clean up after your Ski-Border. There are usually bags and a trash can available to use. Lastly, make sure your dog is under voice command so you can call them back to you.
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Free play
Once you have the basics down, find the closest dog park or the one that looks most fun and let your dog run free! They may be a little shy at first, but soon they'll open up as they meet more and more dogs to play with. Each dog they meet will teach them how to socialize, challenge them mentally, and help tire them out with fun.
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More Fun Ideas...

Fetch

The Border Collie in your Ski-Border will forever be obsessed with fetching things. Keep them happy with a frisbee or ball session daily and work on your own throwing technique.

Take a Walk

Ski-Borders love to stroll along next to you. They have a moderate need for activity and a walk per day will keep them happy and healthy.

Conclusion

Activities for Ski-Borders don't need to be too high energy, but they do need to make them think and tire them out mentally. This designer breed is all about pleasing you and they are wonderful at concentrating on the task at hand. Play to their strengths by challenging them with new tricks, obedience commands, and new environments. You can also keep them in shape year-round by picking up winter sports. These dogs love to be outside next to you and their warm coats mean they don't mind a little snow. Ski-Borders are the perfect dog for people who enjoy a little activity balanced with a little downtime.