Activities For Ski-Collies

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Introduction

A Ski-Collie is a mix between a Collie and an American Eskimo Dog. As can be imagined, this combination results in an intelligent, graceful breed that makes an amazing family companion. Not only that, but the Ski-Collie breed also works well as a guard dog due to their hardworking and loyal nature. Because of the parent breed's original purpose of farming and working alongside their humans, it can be expected that the Ski-Collie is going to need to be worked daily; whether that is mentally or physically! This will just ensure that your Ski-Collie is well behaved and happy in their environment. While it may seem like a challenge to come up with activities for a hybrid breed, the good news is that we are here to help. Just take a look down below for some ideas on what you can do with your Ski-Collie. There's bound to be one that your dog is sure to love!

Treibball

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Soccer goal
Exercise Balls
Leash
Timer
Treats
Activity description
Treibball is a fun sport that hones in on your Ski-Collie's natural herding instinct. The idea of the game is to have your dog "herd" 8 large balls into a goal, using only voice commands. This challenging game takes a lot of work to master, but it is an excellent tool for helping your dog to have a job, learn basic (and advanced) obedience skills, and work the Ski-Collie both mentally and physically in a fun way! You can either just play Treibball at home as an exercise with simple equipment, or you can join an actual club and compete at a moderate cost to you.
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Get the balls together
The official game of Treibball uses 8 large, but soft, balls for the dogs to herd. It also uses soccer goals for the dogs to herd the balls into. This might be a bit difficult to accomplish at home without a very large garage to store everything in. Because of this, you can start out with just a couple regular exercise balls and anything that slightly resembles a goal for your Ski-Collie to heard the balls into, such as a couple of fence posts or some buckets for example.
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Practice commands
A few basic commands that are needed for Treibball include "stay", "come", "lie down", and "go out". The "go out" cue is the most important as it teaches your dog where to lay down and place themselves on the field. You can find excellent tutorials on how to teach this online; just remember that this is not an easy thing to learn or to teach as it doesn't come naturally! However, one your dog understand what you want, the "go out" cue will be wonderful both in real life scenarios and while playing the game. Along with the "go out" cue, the other verbal cues are what will help the dog understand what they need it to do before, after, and during the game. If your Ski-Collie does not have these skills mastered quite yet, don't worry! Working on treibball at home is a great way to teach your dog these tricks in a fun way. Just be sure to remain patient and reward often so that it stays a positive experience.
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Learn the rules
Once you have your equipment and the commands figured out, it's time to understand just how the game is played! Basically, the handler stands in one area of the field, while the dog lays down (facing the owner) about 10 feet away on a specific marker. The balls should be set up in a triangle formation. Once the handler is ready, the dog should be cued to "go out" and around the balls, then lay down and face the handler once more. While the rules in the official game are much more complicated (having the dog move "the point" ball into the goal first), at home you can just have fun with it! Cue your Ski-Collie to move the balls with vocal commands, hand signals, and whistles. Not only will this cause your pup to think and burn energy moving the balls around, it also builds an awesome bond between the two of you, where your Ski-Collie will learn to understand your verbal and non-verbal cues! How cool is that?
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Toy Names

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Any Day
Free
Normal
45 min
Items needed
Clicker (optional)
Toys
Treats
Activity description
Because herding dogs were bred with the innate ability to work independently while also anticipating the requests from their handlers, they needed to have an excellent memory. To work that intelligent mind and challenge your dog, an awesome exercise to do is give your dog's toys each a unique name. Once your Ski-Collie has learned the names of their toys and can recognize them, you can do things such as; laying out a bunch of toys and having you Ski-Collie find the one with the name your request, hide a toy and have your dog find it just by saying "find (the toys name)", or you can add a new toy without a name to the pile of toys and tell your dog to find that toy. See how long it takes them to figure it out! This is an excellent game to play on rainy days or when you can just see those brain gears turning away on an anxious day.
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Teach the names
It will take a bit of time, depending on the dog, for your Ski-Collie to learn a particular toy's name. Spend time showing the dog the toy and saying its name often. If you throw the toy and the dog brings it back, treat them. Slowly add a cue such as "get (toy's name)". Eventually, the dog will associate the name with that toy and will learn to bring it back when you ask.
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Play the game
Remember to stay patient and if you or your dog get frustrated during training, take a break. Keep it a fun experience for your pet so that they look forward to playing with you! Once your Ski-Collie knows a few names of their toys, you can begin to play with your dog in the ways mentioned above. Hide the toys, mix a particular one up in a pile, or add a new toy to the mix. Whatever you chose to do, this is a great activity to keep your intelligent Ski-Collie on their toes.
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Snowboarding or Skiing

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Cold Day
Moderate
Hard
2 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Harness
Dog Booties
Treats
Leash
Snow Gear
Activity description
ThanksĀ to the thick coat of the American Eskimo dog, if you decide to head out for some winter activities, your Ski-Collie and go right along with you! How perfect is it that the breed has the word "ski" right in the name? Especially if you are an owner who has that desire to hit some awesome powder come winter. Whether you like to ski or snowboard, you can take your dog out with you for some fresh air and much needed exercise. There are just a few things to keep in mind before hitting the slopes this winter. Once you have your equipment, there really is no added cost to this awesome winter activity!
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Find a safe location
Most ski resorts aren't going to allow dogs on the slopes, for obvious reasons. If you and your Ski-Collie want to shred together, you will most likely need to go to a backcountry spot. This may be one that you know and love well, or it could be a new adventure that you and some friends decide to explore. Regardless of how well you know the area and what your experience level may be, it is always important to keep your dog's best interest first in your mind.
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Protect your pup
Even dogs that are bred to withstand cold, such as Malamutes and American Eskimo breeds, are going to have some issues with their paws after long exposure to the cold. Because of this, it is so important to get your dog some booties for their feet. You can find these at places like Amazon or REI and they are a great investment for other activities as well; such as rock climbing, hiking, and more. Be sure to pay attention to your dog's behavior as you hit the slopes. If your Ski-Collie is limping, whining, or slowing down it is probably a good cue that they need a break.
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Proper training is key
When it comes to doing anything off leash, it is so important that your dog knows how to listen to your commands. This is because you are going to need to keep your Ski-Collie safe from all kinds of different threats while off leash in the backcountry. Wild animals, avalanches, steep cliffs, and other people on the mountain are just a few examples of what could cause harm to your Ski-Collie. Your own equipment can be a danger as well so your dog must know how to understand and obey in order to keep them well protected and having fun! Teach commands such as "stay", "wait", "go out", "come", "stop", "heel" and "place" before you fully commit to any kind of backcountry adventure (even if it is something like hiking or snowshoeing off leash). Doing so will help to ensure a safe and good time for everyone involved!
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More Fun Ideas...

Perfect Your Instagram Theme

The Ski-Collie is a beautiful dog and it's not hard to figure out why. With the elongated features of the Collie with the combination of both beautiful coats of the parent breeds, pictures of this type of pup will be breathtaking. Teach your doggo a "look here" command and go to town with the photos. Once you have a few great ones, you can set up an amazing Instagram page that will allow others to fall in love with your Ski-Collie just as much as you have!

Have a Fashion Show

Because the Ski-Collie has a high intelligence level, on rainy days, a great activity to do would be to train your dog to put on a fashion show. Whether that means you actually dress them up in dog sized costumes or simply have them perfect a catwalk (perhaps tell them it's a dog walk to make it more appealing) this activity can help make the brain work hard and tire your pup out. Mix it up and make it interesting by cueing your Ski-Collie to stop in different areas on the "runway" and maybe even perform a trick!

Visit the Ocean

Although the ocean may be a bit of a warm choice for a dog that has longer fur like the Ski-Collie, you can also opt for something on the West Coast where it's a bit cooler. Going to the beach is a great activity for pretty much any dog as they have a vast amount of open space that they can run and play in, along with a selection of activities that work really well to create a bond and wear them out. For instance, if you want to build up your dog's strength for something like snowboarding, swimming is a great way to do so.

Conclusion

Just like many other dogs, the Ski-Collie tends to get a little mischievous when bored. They might chase a squirrel under your fence or decide to dig a hole all the way to China in your yard, or heaven forbid, in your living room carpet! Because of their high intelligence and this tendency towards naughty behavior, these fun activities become so much more than just a way to entertain your dog; they becomeĀ behavioral training, bonding, and creative thinking exercises. There is no doubt that if you take the time to bond with your dog and mold them to be the best Ski-Collie they can be, you will have an excellent companion on your hands. Just remember to train with patience and lots of love; and most importantly, have fun together! Those photos you take and the memories you make will last a lifetime.