Outdoor play for your doggy

It is still fairly warm outside and it’s a great opportunity to take your pooch outdoors. But.. but.. what do you do once you’re in a park? Bellow you’ll get some reasons and ideas, so keep reading.

Well, first of all, when people and dogs do things together it is good news all around. These activities help people learn to better communicate with their dogs. The dogs have a better opportunity to learn good manners. They also helps people to learn about dogs, to avoid problems, and to solve them in a healthy way. The activities provide exercise in a fun way that boosts the relationship. The exercise, in turn, reduces boredom. A dog that exercises with its human is less likely to have behaviour problems.

Too many people just don’t know how much fun their dog can be. You’d be surprised how many activities you can do with your mixed breed dogs. Explore them. You and your dog will be glad you did. Bellow are just a couple of the possible games you can engage into with your doggy.


Beforehand though, here are some important things to remember while playing with a dog:

  1. Establish dog play rules and enforce them consistently.
  2. Remember to have frequent breaks during play so that the dog can refocus his attention on us. Frequent breaks will also prevent our dog from getting over-excited, and losing control of himself.
  3. Keep sessions short, interesting, and rewarding. Stop playing before the dog gets bored, so that he will always want more.
  4. Cycle through a variety of games. Variety is the spice of life!
Flirt Pole
A flirt pole is a simple pole/handle that is attached to a rope, and a toy at the end. You may create your own flirt pole, or simply buy one (just do a Google search to find places that sell them). Flirt poles are used to raise and train prey drive in dogs. As a result, hunting dogs will especially love this activity. However, note that flirt poles are also used to train fighting dogs, because it increases their prey drive and coordination. Therefore it is important to have strict rules while playing this game.
So, the rules are the following:

  • Do not let the dog jump at us.
  • Do not let the dog grab the toy out of our hand.
  • A dog should only be allowed to grab the toy after we give him the command to start play.
  • Have frequent breaks during play to prevent over-excitement.

Always ensure that our dog does not misbehave while playing flirt pole. If he starts to show any kind of dog aggression, stop playing this game.

On the other hand, there are a variety of fun ball games we can play with our dog. Depending on the dog’s breed and temperament, he may be more or less interested in the different ball games listed below. Try out a variety of games, and identify the ones that our dog most enjoys.

Throw a small ball to the dog so that he can easily catch it in his mouth. Make sure the ball is small enough to fit in his mouth, but not so small that he can accidentally swallow it. Once our dog understands the game, we can make the tosses more difficult. We can also play this with a Frisbee, especially if we have a large play space.

Kick the ball away from our dog and get him to chase after it. Once he gets to it, let him play with it for a bit, then kick or step it away from him again. Football is best played with a larger ball that is not easy to puncture or deflate. Pick a larger sized ball so that it is difficult for our dog to keep the ball in his mouth, and chew on it.



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