Activities For Alert Dogs

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Introduction

Do you have an Alert dog? For those who may not know, Alert dogs are trained to recognize and respond to blood sugar fluctuations in diabetic patients. They even know what to do during seizures and panic attacks. Amazing, right? Well, there's plenty of activities you can do with your Alert dog that further cultivates training, enhances the bond between you two, and still lets you have fun together. Check out the following ideas, for example!

Agility Games

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
60 min
Items needed
Agility kit
Treats
Activity description
The thing about agility is that it's a great way to both keep your dog in shape, and also establish communication between you two. The better the dog follows directions, the better off you'll be if anything were to happen. Granted, your dog is already trained as an Alert dog, so if anything, this will reinforce that training and make things run even smoother. For this exercise, you'll need to purchase a cheap agility kit, which tends to run about $25 to $35 on the low end. Unless you're planning on competing, you don't need anything major. Stick to something simple that just gets the job done, and you're good to go!
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Research agility kits
There are several different types of agility kits available out there, right for the picking. There are intense ones, meant for people who want to train their dogs for competition. And there are smaller, more simple ones, that make for nice exercise and some form of training. Since your dog is trained as an Alert dog, you probably won't be competing in agility, although you can eventually if you want to. But start off small. Set a budget of no more than $40 to start.
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Purchase an agility kit
Once you've done your research and selected the agility kit that you think works best for you and your dog's needs, go ahead and order it. Remember your strict budget. You don't need anything fancy unless you're competing, so you realistically shouldn't be spending a bunch of money on this. Hoops, cones and a pole or two are all you need to start off.
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Continue practicing
Now that you have the agility kit at home, it's time to set it up, pull out the treats, and get to running. All you need to do is stand and walk to each obstacle, telling your dog what to do. Your dog should be running from obstacle to obstacle, following your orders. When you've completed the "course," reward your lovable, smart dog! Keep doing this to keep your dog in shape and to strengthen communication between you two.
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Play Ball

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
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Tennis balls
Water Bowl
Activity description
There are few things dogs love more than tennis balls or soccer balls. Even those quirky stress balls you can't seem to keep on your desk anymore because a certain dog likes them too much. The good news is that throwing a ball and having your dog jump up to catch it is a great way to relieve some stress. It's less about work, and it's more about fun. Because remember, life isn't all about getting the serious things done. It's about knowing when to take a step back and relax as well. If you can do it, so should your dog!
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Prep the area
First thing's first, select a large area to play in, especially if you plan on throwing the ball kind of high. Ensure you have plenty of shade to relax in, and that you bring your dog's water bowl to fill up when all the exercise starts to take a toll.
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Throw the ball
Now that you've got everything set up, it's time to play! Find a spot you can sit in and throw the ball as high as you can. Watch your dog run after it eagerly, and maybe even jump up to catch it in the air. What a sight! Hopefully, your dog knows to bring it to you, otherwise, you may need to do some mini training sessions here to ensure the dog knows what to do once the ball is caught!
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Get Moving

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Doggy Bags
Leash
Activity description
Physical activity has been called a "secret weapon" to help fight diabetes. When you exercise, your muscles use up glucose for energy, hence reducing its amount in your blood. It even makes your body more sensitive to insulin, so it can do a better job of moving glucose from your blood into your cells. In other words, even going on a half an hour walk every day can do wonders for your health. So, why not take the dog? Not only is your dog trained as an Alert dog, they are also naturally inclined to love going on walks with you!
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Select where to go
Depending on where you live, you may have to go for a walk in a park, around your neighborhood, on the sidewalk, or you might have to just settle for the city itself. Whatever it is, make sure it is a route you're comfortable walking. Is your walk going to be too long, or strenuous on you? Then revisit your plan and think of another route.
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Go on the walk
Now that you know exactly where you want to walk to, the moment is here to get outside and enjoy your surroundings. Take your dog's leash, and anything you might need, like your house keys, your phone for music, and headphones if you choose to wear any. Sometimes, it's nice to listen to the birds and have a conversation with your pup. Remember to practice caution and take a breather if the walk gets to be too much.
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Make it a routine
Now that you've been on a walk, or maybe even a few, consider making it a routine. Maybe you wake up early to go for a walk. Maybe you do it on lunch breaks. Or perhaps, you just do it every day after work, and early in the morning on the weekends.Whatever your preferences are, remember that going on walks is great for your health, and that of your dog's.A willing partner is always to be had in your dog!
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Add to the Dog's Skill Set

Alert dogs already know how to sense things and call for help. They make great service dogs for diabetics, but more than that, great companionship. If you're looking for a way to add to your dog's skill set, go for hand signals. It helps the dog understand you even when you can't speak, for whatever reason, and can result in some pretty amazing rescue missions if anything were to happen.

Go for A Chew Toy Run

Service dogs work hard, including Alert dogs. For this reason, they require a way to unwind from their work day that doesn't add to the stress they could already, potentially be feeling. A great way for them to unwind is with a chew toy. It helps prevent burn out, and it is a low-impact way to just relax for a while. Remember there are many different types: raw bones, rubber toys, classic Nylabones, to name a few. Do your research and get something you're comfortable with.

Conclusion

So there you have it, activities for Alert dogs. These activities are guaranteed to not only be fun, but also great bonding experiences for you and your dog! They embrace your dog's natural personality, and encourage more alert behavior. It's like having your own personal body guard, only they're much more furry and adorable. What's not to like?