Activities For South Russian Shepherd Dogs

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Introduction

South Russian Shepherd Dogs really have it rough in comparison to other members of the canine kingdom. Most people are taken aback by this breed's very unique appearance and begin to wonder if the dog they're looking at is really just some sort of elaborately crafted doll. While South Russian Shepherd Dogs do look like sentient mops, they're just as real as any other dog breed and are incredibly friendly to boot. These dogs also aren't hampered by their long, stringy coats in the least as they love trotting about wide open fields with the grace and ease of an acrobat.

Fetch Racing

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
25 - 30 min
Items needed
Leash
Frisbee
Fetching Items
Activity description
When looking for ways to spend time with their dogs, most dog owners will immediately think of Fetch as a great activity to bond with their dog while also helping their pet get in shape. Our spin on this classic activity makes it so that both your dog and yourself can get a great workout while playing Fetch. The next time you take your dog to the park for a few rounds of Fetch, bring your running shoes and a pair of comfortable gym pants or shorts. When you toss the item you'd like your dog to fetch, race them to it and see who gets there first!
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Location, location...
Where do you typically play fetch with your dog? Do the two of you go at it in your backyard or do you take your dog to a nearby park? We think it's best to try this activity in a large area like a park or even at the beach. We'd also like to suggest not trying this one at home, as there likely just won't be enough space to get a good jog in.
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Safety and stretching
The two concepts go hand in hand. To avoid experiencing the head spinning pain that comes with getting cramps in your legs mid run, we advise you get a good stretch in before you try racing your dog. You should definitely stretch your dog's legs as well; gently take both of their front paws and slowly pull them forward, then do the reverse to their hind legs. Once you have both limbered up, you will be ready to race down the beach or field to see who catches the ball first!
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Hiking

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Dog Leash
Dog Treats
Hiking Supplies
Activity description
South Russian Shepherd Dogs are no strangers to the sort of terrain one might encounter on a Hiking trip. In fact, they were essentially bred to be able to handle uneven surfaces and bad weather in order to herd sheep in a place with such wild terrain, and even more wild weather, as Russia. So the next time you and your family and friends are looking to go out on a  Hiking trip, consider taking your South Russian Shepherd along with you. They make for excellent company as they're very adept at traversing terrain and will stick by your side all throughout the trek.
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Packing for the trip
Hiking can be as laid back or a difficult as you'd like it to be in long run. That largely depends on how much effort you put into discerning what you will and won't need for the trip ahead. While it may be tempting to do so, we advise you leave any telescopes or DSLR cameras behind if you just plan to go hiking with your dog and no one else.
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Planning ahead
The other portion of the preparation stage that will decide how fun or how difficult your hike will be is the planning stage. You'll need to ask yourself a series of questions to figure out what kind of hiking experience you'd like to have; do you want the trip to be difficult or are you looking for an easy trip? What time would you like to be back home? How long is the trail you plan on taking, heading out and coming back? If planning a lone trip with your pup, alert others to your plans.
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Walking the walk
After all the prep work has been taken care of you, your dog, and anyone coming on the trip will be ready to take a walk on the wild side. Stick to the trail you've planned out earlier and always make sure that everyone is together and within arm's reach. Otherwise, have fun and enjoy the unadulterated beauty of nature.
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Sledding

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Cold Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Dog Sled
Sledding Equipment
Warm Clothes and Accessories
Activity description
This last activity calls for your South Russian Shepherd to make use of their large frames and thick coats. Sledding can be a very fun activity, but it has quite a steep learning curve to it. To complicate matters further, one can only really go Sledding in places where there's a lot of snow, you and your dog will need the leg strength required to pass through snow with relative ease. This activity is by no means a cakewalk but, should you and your dog attempt it, there aren't very many other activities that will thrill you the same way.
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Getting everything ready
Similar to Hiking, Sledding will require you and your dog to venture out to parts that aren't necessarily known, that may be out of your comfort zone. To make sure that you and your South Russian Shepherd will be able to handle some of nature's more extreme environments, be sure to go through the packing phase thoroughly and to avoid cutting corners on any essentials. Food, water and warm clothing are musts on the list.
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Dashing through the snow
On a one dog open sleigh! As mentioned before, Sledding has quite a large learning curve to it. You may want to practice at home before attempting an adventure in the woods or on a trail. Classes can be found, too for those who would like professional training and supervision. It may seem like you and your dog aren't getting the hang of this activity for a long time, but keep at it; the two of you will experience a breakthrough sooner or later and when you do, Sledding will feel like second nature.
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Trick Training

South Russian Shepherd Dogs are much more intelligent than some might think at first glance; people ought to remember that these dogs are capable of herding sheep for a living and can become pretty great at it. With all of that intelligence, a South Russian Shepherd Dog will have very few problems learning new tricks and following through with commands.

Grooming Session

This activity can really help your dog's coat shine like a diamond. South Russian Shepherd Dogs don't naturally have the luscious locks of hair you might see when you look them up on the internet. Their caretakers had to put in a lot of time and effort into making sure that their pet's coats were as healthy and gorgeous as possible for the camera.

Conclusion

South Russian Shepherd Dogs are known as South Russian Ovcharkas in their native country. The word essentially means "dog who works with sheep," once translated and lends credence to the South Russian Shepherd Dog's incredibly friendly and patient disposition. Think of it like this; if a South Russian Shepherd Dog can keep a whole herd of sheep safe and in line, they can handle just about anything you can throw at them. Try to get you South Russian Shepherd Dog engaged in activities which call for them to put their herding instincts to good use and constantly try to introduce your dog to new, unorthodox ways to play.