Activities For Billiards Players With Dogs

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Introduction

Are you an avid billiards player? Are you also a dog lover? If you are reading this page, chances are the answer to both those questions is yes! You may be wondering how you could ever combine your love for billiards with your affinity for dogs and the answer is here! There are plenty of games and activities that you can do with your pup by your side to help your billiards skills improve. Get ready to knock around some balls and have fun with your dog too.

Watch and Learn

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Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Blanket
TV
Activity description
One of the best ways to get better at playing pool is to just watch and study the game. While you may think that hands-on practice is best, you will be surprised how much you can learn just by watching. There are plenty of TV shows and online sites where you can find professional billiards games on, ready for you to observe and absorb. The best part about watching a billiards game is that you can do it with your dog by your side! So grab that blanket and cuddle up next to your dog to really learn the ins and outs of billiards.
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Predict the shot
When you put on a game of pool to watch with your pup, it is beneficial to assess each shot and try to predict how the player will hit the ball. Will they knock the cue ball off the left side or right? Will they hit directly into a ball or try to split two into separate pockets? Evaluate each shot and see what you would do versus the professionals.
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Watch the players
Body language can play a big part in a billiards game and sometimes you can see a player get visibly shaken or concerned after a shot. Study the players while they shoot, while they are assessing their next turn and while they are watching their opponent. Reading body language will help you in your pool game as you will better know how to play the table. Your dog may even pick up on the player's body language too - pups are very observant!
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Make it a game
While you are watching your billiards games, studying how to become a better player, make the pool game on TV into a game for your dog. If "X" player wins, your dog gets to go for a long walk but if "Y" player wins, your pup gets an extra scoop of dog food - either way, your dog wins! Just a fun way to think about your pup while also thinking about billiards!
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Meditation

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Any Day
Cheap
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30 min
Items needed
Blanket or Mat
Dog Treats
Apps
Activity description
Billiards isn't just a game of hitting a ball into a hole, it is also a game that requires great focus and mental energy in order to accurately make the shot you need while under the pressure of the game. Meditation can help you learn to relax in high stress moments which will lead to a better pool game. Luckily, meditation is also great for your dog, especially if you have a higher stress pup who would benefit from a few moments of calm. You can choose to meditate inside or out so weather is not a factor in this activity! Meditation is also free, only costing extra if you choose to use guided meditation or specialized mats.
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Find a space
Find a quiet spot where you and your dog can go to meditate that is quiet and away from distractions. You want the place you meditate to be as peaceful as possible so you can focus on being calm. Set up your mat or blanket and have a seat with your dog. Once you are both comfortable, you can begin.
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Breathing
Focus on your breathing and inhaling and exhaling in a steady, rhythmic pattern. Meditation revolves around training your mind to focus on just one thing at a time and breathing is the number one thing to make your priority. Breathe in and out slowly and don't let your mind wander, just breathe. Your dog is likely to feel this calming energy and begin breathing in a slower manner as well. This soothing moment will be enough to unwind even the most active dog!
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Translate to the table
Once you have practiced meditating a few times, using meditation apps, videos or just you and your pup in a room alone, you should translate your ability to calm down and focus to your billiards game. Next time you are in a stressful spot, breathe and relax just as you do in meditation. Your inner calm will help you see the game more clearly and be able to achieve what you need to do in order to win!
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Get in Shape

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Any Day
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Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Collar
Leash
Activity description
While you may not think of billiards as being a sport that involves a whole lot of physical activity, this couldn't be further from the truth. It is true that people of any size or physical shape can play a few rounds of pool, but in the modern day, professional pool players are in much better physical condition, attributing their exercise abilities to being able to play a better game of billiards. Why be an average player when you could just work out regularly and become a master billiards player? Your dog would be happy to help you reach this goal!
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Running
Grab your dog's collar and leash and head out for a run with your dog by your side. Your breed of dog may dictate how far and fast you can run but no matter what your pace or distance, always be aware of how your dog is feeling as you trot along. Take their lead and match their running level! Just being out on the open road is enough to help your billiards game!
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Lunges
Doing lunges is a fantastic way to work your leg muscles, making you able to stand strong while at the billiards table. Take a step forward and touch your back knee to the ground. Stand up, bring your feet back together and repeat. Have a handful of 20 small dog treats and toss your pup a treat with every lunge you do - you'll know you've done 20 when you are out of treats!
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Balance and stability
Being able to balance, keep your body still and stable is imperative in pool. Stand on one foot, arms outstretched, holding a dog treat right above your pup's nose. Hold this position for 30 seconds, toss your dog the treat and then switch legs. You'll be surprised how much this simple balance exercise helps your billiards game (and your dog will love the treat rewards too).
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More Fun Ideas...

Pool Hall Dog

Bring your dog to the pool hall with you for a fun outing. Make sure your favorite establishment will allow your pup inside first. Your dog will be the most popular pup in the place and may even distract your opponents a little bit!

Tennis Ball Shot

Place your dog's tennis ball on the ground and use your pool cue to shot it across the room for your dog to grab. Have them bring the ball back and shoot again! This is a great way to work on your aim.

Conclusion

Billiards and dogs may not seem like a logical match but as you can see, there is plenty your dog can do to help you improve your billiards game. So whether you are just cuddling together, watching a few rounds of pool or working out to improve your game, your dog will have fun being part of your billiards playing life. Now, your billiards game will get better as will your relationship with your dog - everyone wins!