Activities for Your Adopted Siberian

Meet some former Adopt a Husky dogs and learn what 
you can do with your adopted Siberian.

The Working Pack Dog

Three of the six Siberians in the above picture are former Adopt a Husky dogs.  
All of them are currently hiking miles to earn their Working Pack Dog titles.


Siberians are a part of the working class breed.  One of the many things they may enjoy doing is hiking with their owners.  Siberians can earn the Working Pack Dog Title by being an active participant in hiking trips.  Click here to learn more about the Working Pack Dog program.


The Therapy Dog

Cedar passed the Therapy Dogs International (TDI) test on March 31, 2004.  His adopters then applied for, and were granted, membership in RAINBOW AAT, a therapy dog group that has about 55 or so programs going at any given time in the Chicago area.

 
Since May 2004, Cedar has done about 19 "visits" to several Institutions, mainly Michael Reese Adolescent Psyc, and Christ Community's Hope Children's Hospital.  Cedar will begin a new program at SPEED, a Special Needs Vocational school in Chicago Heights.
 
Don't get Therapy Dogs confused with Service Dogs.  Service dogs are the ones that answer phones and door bells and are an aide to people.  They are much more highly trained.  

Therapy work is more physical and psychological therapy.  On their visits, people walk the dogs, pet them, brush them, and the dogs do some tricks to entertain the patients.  For a few minutes in time, the patients have a dog of their own to love and to love them back.  It's really heart warming to see the reaction when people hug the dogs and get a "kiss" in return.


The Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

Aspen, former AAHI rescue, earned her CGC certificate on June 2, 2004

The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program is a certification from the American Kennel Club that rewards dogs for good manners at home and in the community.  All dogs can participate in this program and can earn the certification after successfully passing the CGC test.  Click here to learn more about the CGC Program.


The Sled Dog

The above photo is of AAHI's former foster boys, Cruise (black and white) and Takoda (gray and white) 
running as the swing dogs (in the middle).  They were making a coffee run for their foster dad.

Siberians were bred to sled, and many of Adopt a Husky's rescued dogs have been adopted to homes that enjoy sledding.  This is just one more activity you and your adopted Siberian may enjoy doing together.


The Agility Dog

Nick is a rescued Siberian, and is currently training in agility.

 Siberians can be agility dogs, but MUST ALWAYS participate in agility in a properly fenced in area or indoors.  Some people compete in agility with their rescued Siberians, while others do agility training just for the fun of it and to build their dog's self-confidence.  Agility is not only fun for the dog, but for the person handling him/her.  To learn more about agility visit the AKC website, one of many kennel clubs that sanctions agility competitions.


The Flyball Dog


  
Breeze and Skye are both former AAHI dogs that now are training for flyball.

Flyball is a team sport for dogs.  Each team has 4 dogs.  The relay consists of the starting line, 4 hurdles and a spring loaded box.  Each dog jumps the hurdles on the way to the spring loaded box then pushes the box and a tennis ball shoots out.  The dog catches the ball and takes the hurdles on the return trip to the starting line.  Once the dog crosses the starting line, the next dog on the team goes.  The first team to have all four dogs across the starting line and back wins the heat.  To learn more about flyball visit flyballdogs.com.