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Most exciting games for you and your dog

Dog with a tennis ball
Wyatt Robinson
Written by Wyatt Robinson

They say that dogs behave like a three-year-old almost all their life. They love to play! And if the owner does not want to participate in their fun, dogs take offence, resulting in gnawing things, throwing food or taking a biobreak in the wrong place.

A busy dog is a happy dog. It behaves decently and pleases the owner. So — play a game! This will be useful not only for the pet, but for you. Playing with a dog is a great way to relieve the stress that has accumulated over the day and to keep yourself in good physical shape. And what is more, it’s an opportunity to have a lark for a while.

Playing with the dog — Catch me if you can!

Dog with a stick

  1. Tease the pet.
  2. Start to run. Let him catch up.
  3. Develop speed, change the trajectory of motion.

This funny game is a great alternative to the usual and everlasting jogging. You will train muscles, and at the same time help the animal to splash out the accumulated energy.

At home, your dog will not have energy left even for minor dirty tricks so your slippers will be safe. Happy and pleasantly tired, the dog will go to sleep. And the more often you change the direction of running, the better the dog will develop its reaction.

Agility training

The most popular training program for your dog is the one in which a man and his dog become one well-coordinated team. The participating dog should take the owner’s hint. So why not choose agility training as an exciting and developing game?

Use your walk for training. Let the pet first learn how to follow standard orders. Then you can go to more complex tricks — passing obstacles. Just do it on grassy plots. Otherwise, the animal can get injured.

To start with, you can use benches in the park as a training base. Let the dog jump over, gracefully walk down, and then jump off. Then try to practice on the playground. There’s a huge amount of obstacles! But don’t forget to do it during the evening walk, when the kids are no longer there. And be sure to clean up your garbage.

Such exercises will be very useful for a domestic dog. Overcoming obstacles, it will strain those muscles, which are usually relaxed. In addition, such games develop the trust between the animal and the owner. But safety first! Make sure that your pet will not fall or hit the broken glass with its paw. Otherwise, the pet can develop a phobia to such training. And for each victory, reward the dog with a succulent morsel. When you want to move to a new level, start training on a special site for agility. Maybe together with your dog, you will manage to win many awards in real sports.

Playing with the dog — Hey, let’s ride!

On a bicycle, roller skates and on skis it is boring to ride alone. Unfortunately, sometimes it is hard to find a worthy companion, supporting our rhythm. In such a situation, the dog will become an ideal company. After all, you start and finish skating when you want to. No one to match — you control your time!

Your dog will participate in this activity with pleasure. A flexi-lead will suit great for such a ride. The collar should be soft. It is important that it does not stick into the neck. If you ride with a dog on a bicycle, fix the end of the leash on the handlebar. Want to go skiing with a pet? Then fasten the leash on your waist.

Utilize the same method when skating. The dog will force you to pedal faster and work more actively with ski poles. Just watch your pace. The dog must run ahead. If it starts to lag — stop for a break. Such activity is suitable only for dogs of large breeds. And you must be sure that the dog obeys you without question. If it has problems with discipline, there is the possibility that both of you will get injured as the dog will move past a lot of distracting objects.

Playing with the dog — Catch it!

Dog with a ball

Playing with a ball or a plate is the favorite activity of each dog. Give your pet pleasure! It will gladly bring the ball and cheer you with its enthusiasm. Don’t forget to use soft tennis balls and special plates for dogs — usual shells for frisbee will not work. The toys made for people cannot be used for dogs as there is a high risk that your pet will get injured!

About the author
Wyatt Robinson
Wyatt Robinson

Wyatt Robinson had a great 25-years career as a veterinarian in United Kingdom. He used to be a member of British Veterinary Association and worked in 3 pet hospitals in London and Manchester. He is shining when he sees his pets healthy and full of energy and it is his duty to help other dog owners to keep their best friends full of life.

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