Activities For Dogs Over 100 Pounds

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Introduction

Wow! Now that is a big dog! Whether you have a pup that is tall and bulky like a Great Dane or a dog who is just a solid tank like a Pit Bull, you need to find activities specifically designed for heavy dogs. After all, you can't really put your hundred pound pooch in your bag and tote them around for entertainment. There are many activities for dogs over 100 pounds that will make your pup jump for joy!

Swimming

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Hot Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Dog Life Vest
Collar
Towel
Activity description

A big heavy dog can get very hot especially in the summer heat. Actually, big dogs can get hot anytime of the year. Imagine carrying around 100 pounds on those little paws everyday! It can be exhausting. Taking a quick dip or swim will help your dog feel better instantly. Some dogs may need coaxing to get into the water as not all pups are excited about the idea of swimming. However, once a dog feels that cool water hit their fur, they may change their mind! Swim or lounge around, either activity is perfect for a large hundred pound pup. 

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Scope out a location
Find a pond, lake, ocean or pool that will allow dogs. Always check before you head over to a swimming destination as many places will not allow dogs. However, there are many dog friendly lakes and ponds and even swimming pools made just for pups!
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Ready to go
Round up a towel, a few toys and a collar for your dog and begin on your way to a swimming hole. Be sure to pack a dog life vest just in case your pet shows fatigue at any time in the water. Make sure to put a blanket down in your car (if you are driving) as you will be traveling home with a big, wet dog! Arrive at your destination and survey the water. If you have arrived at a destination unfamiliar to you, peruse the site for safety. Do not allow your pet to swim in stagnant water, and beware of sharp rocks.
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Swim!
Jump in! To encourage your dog to get in the water, throw their favorite ball in or walk in with them. If you dog isn't too excited to swim, sit by the water's edge and let them lounge with you. Whatever will help them cool off and relax is a great idea! Sitting by the water will be relaxing for you as well!
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Doga

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
30 min
Items needed
Yoga Mat or Rug
YouTube Video
Activity description

You may be wondering what doga is and let me tell you, it is the newest trend in doggy activities. Yoga for dogs - doga! That's right, even dogs can do yoga now and it is the perfect activity for a dog over 100 pounds. Your dog will get to stretch and relax alongside you making it a great activity for you both. Doga will also teach your pup a few new tricks and commands which will stimulate their mind while also stretching their muscles. Doga is especially good for big dogs who tend to have muscle and joint troubles- keep those limbs flexible! 

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Find a class or video
Find a doga location near you that has good reviews. If you are having trouble finding a doga class, don't worry, you can teach your dog yourself! If you yourself aren't familiar with yoga, YouTube is here to help! Search for a doga video and get ready to learn and stretch along with your dog.
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Find your zen
Go to your doga class or just get your dog ready at home to learn. While a yoga mat is nice as it is a little grippy for your dog to stand on, a simple rug will do as well. Start off by having your dog sit and calm down (maybe even reward them with a treat or two right away). Pat them and speak to your pal in a calming voice.
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Namaste
Stretch, pose and breath alongside your dog. Try out yoga moves like the cobra, the ski jump or (of course) the downward facing dog! You'd be surprised at how many yoga poses are dog friendly! Help your big dog through the class and praise them the whole time. Doga is fun for everyone!
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Classic Walk

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Harness
Activity description

Large dogs can be prone to more joint issues than smaller pups. This is kind of self explanatory as large dogs put more weight on their joints, which can wear on them as they get older. So, in order to keep your pup from developing joint issues too early, it is important to think of ways to get your dog to exercise without pushing themselves too much. Running laps around a track may be dangerous and too strenuous but a pleasant, easy walk definitely is not! Grab a nice leash and collar and head outside for a stroll.

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Shopping trip
Purchase a comfortable collar and leash for your dog. The collar should fit snugly, but not be too tight. Stay away from choke collars as they can hurt dogs who like to pull. If your dog is a puller (and when they are over 100 pounds that can be tricky!), look for a nice harness that will make walking them easier.
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Formulate a routine
Get into a routine where you bring your big dog for a walk daily. Dogs benefit from routine as will you. If the weather doesn't permit your daily walk, then choose a nice day to head out on a special trip to make up for the missed promenade. Always consider the weather as some dogs may not enjoy a rainy walk while others will be excited by the puddles.
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Enjoy the walk
Start by taking a shorter walk just around the block or down the street. Just like people, dogs need to get use to walking long distances by going further and further each walk. A big dog will appreciate any walk as long as they get to stretch those big legs!
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More Fun Ideas...

Puzzle Toys

No dog is too big for a puzzle toy that really makes them think. Even hundred pound dogs will enjoy the challenge of finding treats hidden inside a toy.

Dog Park

Dogs over 100 pounds need friends too! And where better to find playmates than at a dog park! Bring your big pup over anytime to run, sniff and meet fellow dogs

Conclusion

A dog's size should never restrict the fun that they can have. When planning activities for your dog, just always keep in mind that they are bigger and may have a harder time playing games geared toward small pups. So skip the agility courses and race tracks and instead opt for an activity that is big dog friendly!