Activities For Telomians

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Introduction

Taking your Telomian for a walk will bring about all sorts of strange looks because this breed is not only rare but unique too. Telomians likely originate from coyotes, dingoes, and a mixture of feral Asian dogs, and are a native Malaysian dog that people breed in the United States. Instead of barking, they howl, and instead of having a pink tongue, theirs is blue like the Chow Chow. Along with their unique history and traits, they are a dog with unique talents such as climbing and using their paws strategically. Appeal to this beautiful breed with these activities below. 

Door Opening

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
10 min
Items needed
Treats
Clicker
Bandana
Activity description

How convenient would it be if you didn’t have to get off your chair to open the door for your dog to go outside? Because of how talented your Telomian is with using their paws, you can quickly make it a reality. Teaching your dog to open doors is a cheap, relatively straightforward and all-weather activity that will make your pooch the life of the party. What’s more, in only a few ten-minute sessions with treats, a clicker, and a bandana, they will master the technique and save you a lot of hassle going forward. A Telomian will pick up this trick far quicker than most breeds. 

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Use the bandana
Onto a door you want your dog to be able to use, tie a bandana. It will usually be the back one that leads to your fenced section. Encourage your Telomian to jump up and either pull on the bandana with paws or use their mouth. Use a treat to get their attention near the bandana. Once they do it, click your clicker then give them a snack.
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Trigger word
Keep repeating step one, but use a new trigger word such as “open.” Put the bandana in place, tell them to “open,” then click the clicker once they begin to pull the bandana or even the door handle. Follow up with a treat to reaffirm that it’s the right thing to do.
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Open doors
Because your Telomian is so good with their feet while being intelligent too, this activity won’t take long for them to master. You can then tell them to “open” and they will trot to the door, pulling the handle down – whether the bandana is there or not. You now don’t have to get out of your seat!
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Ladder Climbing

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Any Day
Free
Normal
10 min
Items needed
Ladder
Toys
Treats
Activity description

In Malaysia, the majority of houses sat on stilts and Telomians used to protect their family from snakes and other creatures below. If the dog wanted to join their family, they had to learn how to climb a ladder quickly. It didn’t take long for them to adapt and become adept ladder climbers. Even Telomians today that may not need to know how can still learn such skillsets and add it to their repertoire. It makes an excellent all-weather activity, doesn’t cost a dime, and you only need to gather a toy and treats for use with your ladder. With a few ten-minute training sessions, your Telomian will be the master of ladder climbing. 

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Preconditioning
Your Telomian will see a ladder, but will not know what to do with it. They will need your help to understand. Place one of their favorite treats or toys at the very top and ensure it’s somewhere they can see. By doing so, you are preconditioning them to the possibilities and height of the ladder and how it can relate to them.
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Establish behavior
Your dog knows they need to reach the top because there’s a toy or treat up there, but they don’t know how. You can establish the expected behavior by placing another treat or toy on the bottom rung of the ladder. By doing so, you form a connection between going to the bottom of the ladder to get to the top.
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Climb
This step may take a bit of time, but you have to help your Telomian work their way up the ladder, step by step. For some, it won’t be an issue but, for others, it might take a few sessions longer. Once your dog reaches the first step, reward them with the items and use a high-energy voice. Put more toys on the second, third, and fourth rung – treating them as they go. They can then use the dexterity of their paws to get themselves safely to the ground.
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Hiking

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
3 hr
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Water
Harness
Activity description

As you know by now, your Telomian is an adept climber. Any activity that has varying terrain is going to suit them down to the ground. Therefore, a hiking trip can be the perfect way to stimulate all their senses. They get to enjoy the physical stimulation as well as the mental stimulation of working out how to climb over the challenging terrain. For your Telomian, it will be an easy activity, but one that will take around three hours on a sunny day. Don’t forget to take a leash, harness, waste bag, and water before you hit the track. 

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Choose a hiking track
You want to be able to challenge your Telomian, but you also want to ensure you go somewhere that you can manage too. Do as much research as possible to ensure you are both capable of tackling the terrain. Some decent tracks include Inspiration Trail in Raleigh, N.C, Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, and Monrovia Canyon Park in Monrovia, California.
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Shorter trips
Before you head out on a three-hour hike, make a few short trips first. These short hikes give you the opportunity to ensure your dog is happy with their harness and leash, and that they are capable of tackling more challenging terrain. You can also both build up your fitness levels on shorter, one-hour hikes.
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Hike
It’s now time to go hiking! Before you set off, make sure someone knows where you are going and when they can expect you to be home. Pack warm clothing and plenty of water too. You may also like to check the weather forecast, so you know what you are up against. Once you cover all bases, you and your Telomian can now enjoy pushing yourselves on a new and exciting hiking adventure.
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Agility Training

Once you master ladder climbing and all sorts of agility tasks, you may find your pooch could benefit from some professional agility training. The sky’s the limit for where their natural skill set could take them. Consider getting in touch with a kennel club to arrange a meeting. They could become the top of their class in no time. 

Chew Toys

Telomians don’t tend to get along well with small critters as they see them as prey. Therefore, they can get quite lonely in a single-pet household. Ensure they always have something to occupy their time – such as chew toys. Offer a variety of options and keep them at different points around your home. The way they hold the toys in their paws will also make you laugh! 

Conclusion

The Telomian is all paws and excitement. They are a beautiful, unique, and challenging breed that will have you exploring a whole new range of activity options. While they can be quite a serious dog, they are also pawsitively delightful to be around and love nothing more than to hang out with their human and do fun things. Treat your Telomian to these activities above.