Balloons bring out the inner child in us all, even your faithful, four-legged friend. Many dogs love trying to play with balloons, however, most balloons are not safe for them. There are, though, many toys that could mimic the look and movement of a balloon. Activities for dogs who like balloons should revolve around balls. Remember, not all activities need to center around a ball, they can include walks, playdates or even dog sports such as dock diving or agility.
There are many different types of tether toys on the market for dogs or you can easily make your own. When setting up an area for your dog’s tether tug, be sure to place it in a somewhat shady spot but away from any obstacles that they could run into or fall over when they become excited over the game. Safety should be your first priority when setting up an activity for your dog. Dogs with a natural instinct for retrieving will have a blast with this activity, although they may become frustrated after a while of pulling and tugging without the desired result of dislodging the ball or toy. The tether tug activity is a great way for your dog to play tug-o-war without it becoming a way for your dog to challenge your authority.
Hall ball is essentially fetch modified to the indoors. Small dogs will enjoy this activity the most unless you happen to have an extra long hallway. All that is needed is a ball and a hallway; while treats are not necessary they would most likely be greatly appreciated by your pooch. You will play hall ball by putting your dog at one end of the hall and rolling a ball away from them toward the other end of the hall. After you get the ball rolling, give your dog the command to fetch, sending them chasing after the ball. Small dogs will probably only want to play for about 15 minutes before they need a break, however, medium to large sized dogs can play for about 30 minutes before they need to stop for a rest.
When most people hear the phrase flyball, they probably envision dogs leaping through the air in dramatic fashion and catching a ball before landing on their feet. It actually is a relay race for dogs where teams race down a lane full of hurdles, grabbing a ball that pops up at the end of the lane. Each dog then races back to the beginning so the next dog can go. There are usually four dogs to a team. Dogs competing in a flyball competition are expected to race as fast as they can to get the best team score. There are some dogs that will have a natural ability to excel in flyball while other dogs will struggle and need extra training to become competitive.
Dogs that love balloons will absolutely go crazy over a ball pit! You can make your own ball pit or you can purchase one and set it up for your pooch. Make sure the balls that you use in the ball pit are not too small; you do not want your dog to be able to easily swallow a ball. Your dog will spend a great deal of time playing in their ball pit.
Fetch is one of the simplest activities you can do with your dog. They will love the time they get to spend with you and also it will wear them out and help them get their daily exercise. Some dogs are naturals when it comes to playing fetch, however, others might love to give chase only to turn around and return without the toy. A little work and training will have them quickly learning to bring the toy back to you.
Balloons are not necessarily the best toys for your dog, they can be popped easily and deflated balloons are easily swallowed. However, if your dog loves balloons, they will also love any type of ball. Activities that involve balls such as flyball, fetch or a ball pit would be a great way to play into their natural love of balloons. Not all activities for your balloon-loving dog have to center around balls, though. They will most likely just enjoy spending time with you.