Activities For Dogs With Long Legs

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Introduction

Look at the legs on that dog! A long-legged dog is a sight to be seen for sure. They are typically tall, lean and look like they could run for hours. However, a dog with long legs may want to do more than just walk around towering above all the other dogs. These activities are aimed at dogs who need to give those long limbs something to do with their owners, or without!

Running Together

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

The first thing that comes to mind for a long-legged dog to do is to run - and what a perfect activity it is! If you want to make your dog into a true runner, you need to follow a few careful steps for a few very good reasons. Even though your dog has long, runner legs, they may need to ease into a running regimen. This also goes for owners as well, you want to start slow and get on a good running schedule before you head out for a 10k race! So let's take a look at how to begin running with your long-legged pup.

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Equipment purchase
Buy your dog a good leash, collar or harness that won't pull on their fur or neck. You may even want to look into a portable dog water bottle if you intend to run long distances with your dog. Once your dog is geared up (and you have some good running shoes on as well), time to head out on your first route!
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Test run
The first few times you go for a run, make it short and slow. You don't need to be a speed racer the first few times you go out. In fact, it's a good idea to build your running tolerance over a few weeks. Start the first day by only going a mile. Assess how your dog does on the run and then, the next day, go a mile and a half. Build up each trip in distance or in speed.
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Running schedule
Once you are in a good running pattern, sign up for a doggy road race that you and your pup can run together. You can also look for running clubs in your area for humans and dogs alike. As you continue on your running journey, make sure your dog is happy and excited for each run. It is good to take days off during the week to let the muscles in those long legs recover as well!
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Treat Hunt

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Treats
Toys
Activity description

Dogs with long legs tend to be good hunters as they can quickly chase and catch their prey. There are many places to bring your pup to actually learn to hunt in the wild. However, if you are not too excited about bringing your dog to catch a live wild animal, you can definitely set up these hunting activities and games instead. All of these hunting games involve training your long-legged dog how to hunt for treats and use their nose as well as their running legs! 

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Outdoor hunt
Bring your dog to a fenced in area to play outdoor food hunting. Bring a few treats and let your dog know that you have them. Have you pup sit while you hide the treats within the fenced-in area. Hide a treat under some leaves or behind a pile of rocks. Once the treats are hidden, release your dog and watch as they run to search for the treats!
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Indoor hunt
Indoor treat hunting is a perfect way for your long-legged dog to stretch those legs and play a game they enjoy. To make indoor treat hunting a game geared toward long legs, place the treats up a flight of stairs, on the back or a tall couch or under a piece of furniture where your dog will have to stretch their paw under in order to retrieve it!
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Friend hunt
Hunting with dog friends is also a super fun way to play. Dogs are pack animals so they enjoy working together in groups. Play both the indoor and outdoor version of treat hunting with some dog friends and see who can find the treats the fastest. You're long-legged pup sure has an advantage!
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Ball Play

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Long Lead
Ball tosser
Ball
Activity description

There are many games you can play with your dog that will keep those long legs moving. Whether you are inside or outside, your dog needs to exercise (isn't that what those legs were built for in the first place!). However, you may not always feel like a workout yourself. So how can you get your pup some good exercise without participating? Easy! These running games are perfect for a long-legged dog with an owner who is more in the mood to hang out than run (we have all had those days!). After these activities, you will feel good that your dog was sufficiently exercised while you got to take a little rest!

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Traditional fetch
A traditional game of fetch is always a good idea - it is a game that dogs never grow tired of! You can play fetch inside or outside, with a ball or a toy, standing up or sitting down! Throw the object to your dog and watch as they chase after it. Have your dog retrieved the ball and then use those long legs to bring it back to you. Then throw it again!
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Advance the game
Check out the dog toy guns that shoot tennis balls nice and far for your dog with long legs. There are also Frisbee throwers and scoopers that will scoop up a ball and help you fling it very far with little effort. These toys advance the typical game of fetch and make it more challenging as your dog will have to run further.
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Lead ball
To help keep your dog entertained on their own, you can tie a ball onto a lead rope outside in your yard. A long rope tied horizontally between two trees with a shorter rope hanging vertically off of it is perfect. Your dog can push the ball on the rope back and forth all day long if they'd like!
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Massage

After all these activities, your dog's long legs may be tired! Give your pup a nice doggy massage with a focus on the leg muscles. This will help relax any tense muscles and loosen them up for your next adventure.

Hike

Bring your dog with long legs on a hike up a mountain or through a park. Long legs are perfect for carrying a dog up a steep trail! 

Conclusion

Your dog's long legs need some good exercises so keeping them active is the main goal. Not all long-legged dogs are always ready to run so make sure your dog is always comfortable and having fun. Long-legged dogs are also prone to injury so keep your pup healthy and be careful on your adventures. Clear any strenuous activities with your dog's vet first (marathon running may be a little much for some dogs, for example!). Time to get out there and get those long legs moving!