You Can Do
With Your Samoyed
Samoyed is one of the most versatile dog breeds around so there are
many activities you can do together. Some show their dogs in
competition, others sled, and some are interested in learning how to
spin Samoyed fur into yarn.
of your current interest in Samoyeds, you may want to expand the
number of activities you currently enjoy with your Sam.
Hopefully, you can get some ideas here of the many different
activities that are available for you and your dogs to enjoy
Kennel Club (AKC) sanctioned dog shows are the forum for exhibiting
all of the AKC recognized breeds. In each breed's ring, a
judge determines a Best of Breed (BOB), a Best of Opposite Sex to
the Best of Breed (BOS), a Winners Dog (WD), a Reserve Winners Dog (RWD),
a Winners Bitch (WB), and a Reserve Winners Bitch (RWB). These
placements are made on the judge's subjective assessment of each dog
and bitch entered and how closely each exhibit matches the breed
standard, the characteristics of the breed. When a dog
obtains 15 points including two 3-5 point majors, the dog becomes a
AKC also has sanctioned obedience shows in conjunction to most
all-breed conformation shows. For the dog owner who wants to
take basic obedience with his AKC or ILP-registered dog one step
further, obedience competition may be just the ticket. Dog and
handler do not compete against other teams of dogs and
handlers. Instead, they perform basic obedience commands as
error-free as possible in order to gain the highest scores on the
required exercises. The team with the fewest mistakes wins the
complete an obedience title, dogs must attain three qualifying
scores, called legs. There are several different levels of
obedience titles. Each higher level requires more difficult
exercises for the dog and handler to achieve. The levels are:
Novice, Open and Utility. For the dog owner who only wants a
well-behaved dog, most kennel clubs, Parks and Recreation
departments, and many humane societies offer basic obedience classes
that teach your dog how to heel on leash, sit, lay down, stay, and
come on verbal command. These classes are also good for
helping novice dog owners with dogs who have bad manners, such as
barking and jumping on people.
is an activity that Samoyeds dearly love. It's obedience with
a twist. (Isn't that the way most Samoyeds go through their
training and competition is a team effort between handler and
dog. The handler verbally directs the dog through a series of
obstacles, such as jumping through tires, jumping over bars, walking
across balance beams, scaling an A-frame, running through tunnels,
weaving through poles, a down-stay on a table, etc. The goal
is to complete the obstacle course in the correct order, with the
fewest performance errors, in the least amount of time.
your dog is a Canine Good Citizen, there are many ways you and your
dog can volunteer in society. There is are two primary organizations called
Therapy Dogs International (TDI) and
Delta Society that tests dogs to see if they are
suitable for volunteer therapy work in rest homes and
hospitals. The test requires that the dog be comfortable
around wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches, be calm around elderly
people and young children, and be reliably obedient to voice
commands. More and more, the medical field is acknowledging
that pet therapy is helpful for people. In some cases, people
respond to dogs where they won't respond to people.
activity is for the Samoyed owner who has several Sams (or several
friends who own Sams). This activity requires a sled for snow (or a
cart in warmer climates), a gangline to attach the dogs to the sled,
and harnesses to attach the dogs to the gangline. When you
first begin training, it must be in a controlled environment.
Sammies love to run, and may not respond to verbal commands.
It is recommended that dogs wear buckle collars to keep from being
strangled with a slip collar. Until the dogs learn and respond
to the verbal commands reliably, additional trainers can control the
dogs by running along side the team with leads attached to the
buckle collars. If you like competition, many of the states in
colder / snowier regions offer competitive dog sled races.
Excursion sledding is the same as sledding / carting, only it
is strictly recreational involving no racing.
is another activity that Samoyeds enjoy. Flyball is a relay
race for a team of Samoyeds. The object is for the Sams to
run, one at a time, in a straight line over low jumps to the flyball
box. The Sam pounces on the spring which pops a tennis ball
into the dog's mouth. The dog then returns the ball back to
the starting line and the next Sam in the relay team makes his
run. This continues until all the dogs on the team have
completed their run. the team that completes the relay run
first, wins. Several heats are run and the team with
the best overall time wings, in this case.
you like to ski and your dog likes to pull in harness, this may be
the activity for you and your dog. A gangline with a bungee
attaches the dog in hardness to the handler who is on cross country
skis. Similar commands are used to guide and direct the dog in
skijoring as are used in guiding and directing a sled team.
are herding instinct tests to determine where or not your Samoyed
has the inclination to herd stock animals. The ancestors of
the modern-day Samoyed were used to herd reindeer. If you are
truly serious about your training you Sam to be a stock herding dog,
the AKC has a series of herding events where you and your dog can
compete for herding titles.
those people who enjoy hiking with their dogs in the great outdoors,
but don't like to carry all the supplies in their backpacks, there's
another option. Your dog can be equipped with his own pack and
carry up to 25% of his weight in supplies, such as food, water,
pull competitions require that your dog be in excellent physical
condition. Depending on the location of the competition, dogs
will pull carts or sleds loaded with weights a specified
distance. After each successful pull, more weight is added to
the cart. Some Samoyeds have been known to pull up to 20 times
their own weight.
in part from the Samoyed
Club of America (SCA) Bulletin, At Your Service, 1995)
encourage Samoyed owners to provide opportunities for their dogs
to work in the many ways in which Samoyeds are capable of
providing physical service, and thereby enable dogs and owners
to know the joy and honor of working together.
provide certification at accelerating levels for those Samoyeds
who perform these task.
encourage those Samoyed owners who do not exhibit in
conformation shows to work with their dogs, and by means of
these activities find benefit in taking part in the SCA.
of Work in Earning Degrees:
work, such as retrieving, search and rescue, seeing eye, hearing
ear, assistance, and the like shall be considered by special
application to the working dog degree committee on an individual
any type of strenuous exercise or training, remember, it's a good
idea for both you and your dog to gradually work yourselves into
good physical condition prior to doing all-out in any of
these physically demanding activities, such as sledding, skijoring,
pack hiking, and weight pulling.