Activities For West Siberian Laikas

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Introduction

For the outdoor enthusiast, the West Siberian Laika can make a good companion.  Laikas trace their ancestry to wolves and are very intelligent. They learn quickly and respond well to training. Although their appearance may be intimidating, these pooches have a reputation as good family dogs. They can even learn to coexist with cats in the household. This Russian hunting dog has lots of energy and can thrive if it has space to run. Plan on a few hours a day of brisk walks and other exercises to keep this pup engaged. Check out the activities below for some ways to keep your West Siberian Laika entertained.

Flirt Pole

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Dog toy
PVC pipe, 4-6 feet
rope
Activity description
A flirt pole offers a chance to work your pup while they have fun. These exercise toys are inexpensive to buy and easy to make yourself, and they'll keep your furry pal entertained for half an hour or longer. You can use this inside or outdoors as long as you have an open space. A bonus for you is that it won't wear you out. Stand in one place or walk around as you swing the flirt pole around. Combine exercise with obedience drills to teach your special pal to remain under control.
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Get a flirt pole
You can buy a flirt pole pretty inexpensively, or you can make your own. All you need is some PVC pipe (about 4 to 6 feet long), a rope, and a dog toy that your pal loves. Run the cord through the pipe and tie a knot at the end that's big enough to not fit back through the tube. Then tie the other end to your pup's toy.
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Play
Take your pal to an open space. A fenced back yard or open field work well. You could also use a large room that's free of obstacles. Start dragging the toy along the ground to get Fido to chase it. Keep your pup engaged by letting them "catch" it from time to time. This activity takes very little energy on your part but tires out your pooch.
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Brisk Walking

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Any Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
water
waste bags
leash
Activity description
Work some energy out of your four-footed friend with an extended, brisk walk. You can do this in your neighborhood or on a walking trail somewhere. This simple activity costs little to no money, and it works in all seasons and weather conditions. Enjoy getting outdoors for fresh air and spending quality time bonding with your furry friend. Remember that Laikas have an abundance of energy, so set a pace that allows them to get a workout. Bring water for refreshment, especially on hot, sunny days.
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Prepare
If you're planning an extended outing, take some time to map out a route. Decide how far you want to go with your pooch. Should you decide to explore a trail, make sure you know how to get there. Load your water bottle and check your doggie waste bag supplies. Leash up Fido before you leave the house or car.
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Walk
Once you get to your route's starting point, it's time to walk. Make sure your furry pal can heel and respond quickly to obedience commands. Keep a steady pace that allows your pup to move at a trot. Immediately pick up your pooch's waste and offer water breaks as needed.
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Hiking

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Any Day
Free
Normal
1-2 hr
Items needed
leash
waste bags
water
Activity description
As a hunting breed, West Siberian Laikas can be wonderful hiking companions. They enjoy getting out and exploring natural surroundings. Ideally, you'll want to find an area that allows dogs to explore off their leash. If you're able to let Fido roam, remember to keep tabs on your pal and ensure they respond promptly to voice commands. They can easily become distracted by wildlife and might hang back if they have a quarry treed somewhere. This activity is inexpensive and usually free, and it can work any time of year and in any weather condition.
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Find a venue
Do some research to find a park or hiking trail that's close to home. You'll want to know details about the area, such as whether it's muddy or has steep inclines. Know in advance if you need to have mosquito and tick protection on hand. Plan the amount of time you'll need to hike there.
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Prepare
Once you know about the terrain and conditions, you can plan your hiking footwear and gear. Some items that you'll want handy include water for you and Fido and some doggy waste bags. If you're heading to a remote area, let someone know about your plans. Consider bringing a GPS or compass along, though a physical map is always handy, too.
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Go hiking
Once you've researched your course and packed your gear, you can head to the hiking area. Enjoy the outdoors with your four-footed friend for a few hours or most of the day. If you're in a wooded spot or around tall grass, apply tick and mosquito repellent before you hit the trails.
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Running

The boundless energy of these dogs makes them good candidates for running. If you have some roadwork to do, bring your pooch along as long as they're in fit condition. You'll get some bonding time with your special pal, and they'll have a chance to burn off some of their energy.

Urban Agility

If you live in a populated region and can't always get to open fields, try practicing some urban agility. Have your pup jump over or walk across benches, place their front paws on fire hydrants and fences, and climb stairs as you walk. You can even teach them to weave between your legs for exercise.

Conclusion

The West Siberian Laika is an affectionate dog that's suited to families with kids. They thrive on companionship and need lots of interaction and activity. It's best to have a fenced yard where Fido can romp. Keep your fur-baby content by taking them on long, vigorous walks every day.