Once your dog masters the game of "fetch" on land, go ahead and take it to the next level if they are the ambitious sort. This means adding the element of water to the game. The idea of the game remains the same; you will throw a ball or Frisbee and your dog will retrieve and return it to you. Only now, try throwing the item into the water, whether it is a lake, river, creek or the ocean. Your dog will now spend some time in the water getting the item, then will return to land to get it back to you. This added dynamic will lead to an additional challenge for your dog, perfect for a more ambitious pup. You will surely enjoy watching your pooch romp through the water to retrieve the thrown item and the activity costs little (in money or expenditure of your energy). Since you can take breaks between throwing the item, this activity can be geared to ambitious dogs of all energy and skill levels.
For an ambitious pup, bikejoring is ideal. The activity involves your riding a bike, with your dog pulling you. It is like dogsledding, only on your bike! A dog with ambition will be ready to take this activity on; it is a job that they can do and be successful at. Perhaps even more important, is the quality time you and your pooch can spend together. Bikejoring allows your dog the chance to run at the pace they prefer and the activity will provide them with the physical and mental exercise that your pup needs. Due to the physical demands of bikejoring, it is best for a dog with a good energy level who is physically fit.
Agility activities are great for an ambitious pup, keeping them busy and challenged. Agility activities can be geared to the skill level of your pup, ensuring that they work for any dog. You can set up simple individual activities for your pooch and as your dog masters them, you can increase their difficulty. As your dog reaches proficiency with an activity, you can begin stringing activities together, creating an obstacle course for your pooch. An ambitious dog will love taking on the challenges that you create and the time you spend together on the agility activities will further develop the special bond that you and your pup enjoy.
An ambitious dog will welcome the challenge of a long hike, even one with a large amount of elevation gain. Make sure to bring plenty of water, a portable water bowl, waste bags and some treats. Depending on the fitness level of your pup, you will likely want to start with short hikes, increasing the distance and elevation gain as your dog gains experience. Make sure to regularly offer your pooch water when you are hiking to ensure that they do not wind up dehydrated. A nice long hike will give you and your pup plenty of time to bond as you enjoy an outdoor adventure together.
For an ambitious dog with a lot of energy, going on a run with their person can be a lot of fun. Before considering this activity, think about your own running skills. It is important that you be capable and ready to run prior to bringing your pup along. Should you feel comfortable running, and your canine companion appears to be in good shape, go ahead and give running a try. As with hiking, start small and see how your dog does. You can continually increase distance and speed as both you and your pooch develop additional strength and endurance.
Search and rescue work can be great for an ambitious pup. Let that pooch know what they are looking for and they will likely be motivated to track it down. This activity offers you and your pup the opportunity to spend time together as well as be of service to others. You and your dog can attend training to learn how to be successful at search and rescue and ultimately be called to assist with difficult situations.