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Top 5 Fun Outdoor Games for Your Dog

Having fun while playing outside with your dog

As the winter ends one thing is definite, and that is that everybody appreciates a lot the wasted opportunity of going outside in the sun and fresh air – including our beloved dogs. As outdoor driven beings, dogs are without question a prone to unconditionally admire almost everything and everyplace outside, as it gives them the ideal chance to walk around while exploring new interesting things, and meeting other animals and different new persons.

Definitely, going out cannot completely be considered a first-time experience for the dog only, as spending time outdoors is a great chance for you and your family too – to get together while having fun, enjoying fresh air, sun, and playing with your beloved dog – something that enhances bonds between each other and offers a lot of health benefits. Being physically active by playing with a dog in the open air, completely keeps you, your family and the dog away from many mental and physical diseases – as it helps calories burn, muscles develop while letting go of a bad energy.

Speaking of mental and physical shape, keeping your dog active and entertained is a very important component of the dog’s behavior – as only a dog whose mind and body are balanced are the ones to conduct properly!

Among all, keeping your dog happy and calm should be your motive to get outside with your dog and get going!

Make sure you do not forget to regularly engage your dog in these following 5 most popular dog outdoor games:

1. Batter Up Game

This is a simple fetch game that dogs love playing. This game is very beneficial for the dog, as it keeps him active and releases his needless energy, while he develops muscles by running to fetch the ball.

Dogs love playing fetch game!

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Things needed:

A wiffle bat and a ball

Game rules:

Get your dog calm, as you hold a wiffle bat and a ball on both of your hands.

Once you have done these preparations, hold onto the next steps:

  • Hit the ball with the wiffle bat out into the field
  • Give your dog the command “take it” – to fetch the ball from the field for the game to start
  • As soon as he fetches the ball with his mouth, give your dog the command “drop it” – to drop the wiffle ball to your feet
  • Repeat the game until he learns it well enough
  • Compliment him as he performs the game correctly
  • Finish the game as soon as you notice dog’s loss of interest of the dog to get the ball

2. Water Fetch Game

This game is advantageous also, suitable especially during the summer time – on the days when temperatures are very high, as it helps the dog get cooled off in the water, at the seashore, lake, or swimming pool.  In addition to freshening, this game helps for keeping the dog active by swimming and running, while he develops muscles and releases the unneeded energy.

Fetch game, the best one for summer days

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Things needed:

Buoyant plastic ball or stick

Game rules:

Keep the dog calm and focused on you, while you are holding the ball or stick on your hand. Make sure your dog wants to get into the water and knows how to get out of it without being hurt.

Once you have done these preparations, hold onto the next steps:

  • Throw the ball into the water
  • Give your dog the command “take it”, to fetch the ball or stick from the water
  • Once the dog fetches the ball and walks/runs towards you, give him the command “drop it” – to drop the toy to your feet
  • Repeat the game until he learns it well enough
  • Compliment him as he performs the game correctly
  • Finish the game as soon as you notice dog’s loss of interest of the dog to get the ball

3. Disc Dog Game

Also identified and popular around the world as the Frisbee dog, this game is especially important to keep your dog’s physical shape  and his balance in energy level, as it includes a lot of running and jumping to catch the tossed disk before it reaches the ground.

Frisbee dog game keeps them in a very good physical shape!

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Things needed:

Flying disc

Game rules:

Make sure you introduce your dog the flying disk so he gets familiar with, while you are holding it on your hand. Make sure your dog is in a sit position and in a calm temperament.

Once you have done these preparations, hold onto the next steps:

  • Teach the dog “give” command– by giving him the flying disk with one hand, while holding a treat on the other hand and saying “give”. Immediately after getting the disk from the dog, provide him the treat (this should be repeated until the dog gives up the disk easily)
  • Once your dog learns the above command, throw the flying disk and tip your dog to go there and catch it (in the air) before the disk reaches the ground
  • The dog will bring the flying disk to you as you say “give” and this is the time when you should complement him and offer him a treat
  • Repeat this until you see the dog has learned the game properly, and that is when the time when dog doesn’t associate giving up the disk with a treat anymore
  • Finish the game as soon as you notice dog’s loss of interest of the dog to get the disk

4. Hidden Treasures Game

This game is an entertaining one, absolutely keeping dog’s curiosity active as he develops his natural hunting skills to find the hidden treat.

Hidden treasure game develops their natural hunting skills to find the hidden treat.

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Things needed:

Dog’s favorite treats

Game rules:

Make sure you have your dog in a sit/stay position while you hold a treat on your hand.

Once you have done these preparations, hold onto the next steps:

  • Present him the treat so he can sniff it
  • Tell your dog to “sit” as you hide the treat somewhere around, making sure the dog does not see where
  • As soon as you hide the treat tell your dog to “find” the treat and as soon as he finds it compliment him and let him eat it
  • Make sure to dare your dog by hiding the treat in different places each time

Finish the game as soon as you notice dog’s loss of interest of the dog to find the treat.

5. Tug-of-War Game

Tug of War is a game that develops dog’s mind and body while enhancing human-dog bond and evolving dog’s natural desire to pull things with his mouth. It is very intense game and it includes use of physical power and control of human too.

Tug of War creates stronger human-dog bonds

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Things needed:

Rope toy, tug toy

Game rules:

Make sure your dog is calm in a sit/lie position, while you hold a rope or other tug toy that suitably suits for your dog.

Once you have done these preparations, hold onto the next steps:

  • To initiate the game call your dog to grab one side (until the middle part) of the rope with “get it” or “take it” as you grasp the other side of it
  • As both, you and your dog hold the rope at the same time – push the dog into the game by moving the rope up and down, back and forth for few seconds
  • Continue holding the rope too using two hands, as the dogs deepens pulling the rope towards himself
  • Make your dog release the rope with “give” or “drop it” as you instantly decrease the force of pulling it towards yourself. Give the dog a treat when he releases the rope and avoid speaking loudly – instead use calm and emphatic voice towards him.
  • Do not continue playing if you notice that dog is taking game and winning to seriously

 

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