Activities For Dogs With Owners Who Like Badminton

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Introduction

Badminton is quite the fun game that many people truly enjoy. However, what about the dogs? Why can't they be part of the badminton fun? Well, they absolutely can! If you love playing badminton, it's about time you let your dog in on the fun as well. While you can't expect your pup to jump right into a doubles match, there are lots of fun badminton related games you can set up for your pup. Grab that birdie and let's go!

The Serve

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Badminton Net
Treats
Birdie
Racket
Activity description

Anyone who plays badminton knows that a killer serve is necessary to set the game off to a good start. You most likely practice your serve frequently, hitting the birdie high and up over the net with ease. If you are practicing, then after you hit the birdie, you have to go and get it, right? There is no one to hit it back to you. Time to enlist the help of your dog! Your dog is the perfect companion to help you work on your serve and focus just on that skill rather than walking back and forth getting the birdie every time you hit a few. 

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Play birdie
Head to the badminton court with your pup and a few birdies (you will want to bring some extra in case your dog runs off with one or gets too excited and rips one - they can be fragile!). Begin by letting your dog play with the birdie a little bit so that they recognize it as a toy.
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Throw and hit
Have your dog sit away from you while you throw the ball up in the air and serve the birdie right over the net. Having your dog at a safe distance is imperative so that they do not try to jump up and grab the birdie just as your racket is coming down.
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Fetch
Let your dog chase the birdie and carry it back to you. It is just like playing fetch but badminton style! Practice your serve as long as you'd like - with your dog as your birdie retriever, you don't have to waste any energy gathering the birdies after each serve. You'll have an awesome serve in no time!
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Birdie Bounce

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
30 - 40 min
Items needed
Treats
Racket
Birdie
Activity description

While your dog may not be able to play a full game of badminton (unless you work tirelessly training them for years!), they can definitely do some of the skills needed to be a great badminton player. One trick that your dog certainly can learn is to do a birdie bounce. This means your dog will have to hold the racket and be able to hit a birdie up and down, over and over. This may sound complicated but it isn't! This is something that you can definitely train your pup to do and it won't even take that long! 

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Hold it
Begin by training your dog to hold a badminton racket. You will want your pup to hold the racket upward, with the widest part of the racket facing the ceiling (kind of as if they were holding a tray). Let your dog carry the racket around so that they get comfortable with the weight and feel of it.
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Practice the nod
Next, teach your pup to nod their head while holding the racket, causing it to move up and down. Your dog should grip the racket tightly with their teeth so that it does not waver as they move it around using their head only. Remember to give your dog lots of rewards as they practice so that they are sure to enjoy their badminton experience.
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Bounce
Toss a birdie on top your dog's racket and have them nod their head, moving the racket up and down to hit the birdie. Look at that birdie bounce! It will take practice to get your dog do be able to complete a few successive bounces but they will get there!
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Agility

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Hoops
Treats
Agility Poles
Activity description

When playing badminton, you need to be fairly agile and able to move quickly on your toes. In fact, running on your toes and skipping are frequently recommended exercises for rising badminton stars. While you need to be agile in order to play this game, your dog will also benefit from some agility training. You can look into installing a full agility course and enrolling in agility classes and competitions with your dog or you can stick to the badminton related agility games if you'd rather keep it simple. Whichever you choose, your pup will love these mini activities.

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Pole run
Place a few posts in the ground about three feet apart from one another. Then run through the posts, weaving in and out. Train your pup to do the same, going to the right of the first post, then running to the left of the next. Your dog will need to be quick on their paws for this game!
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Hoop run
Place about ten small hoops on the ground in sets of two (one for each foot). Then, guide your dog to put one paw in each hoop. Their left paws should go in the hoops on the left while their right paws should be in the hoops on the right. See how fast your dog can run like this - side to side with extra fast paws!
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Jumping fun
Jumping is part of badminton especially when you are about to smash the ball on the other side of the net. Guess who also loves to jump- your dog! Teach your pup to jump by raising a treat higher and higher, just out of their reach so that they have to jump to get it! Great exercise for you and your pooch.
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More Fun Ideas...

Casual Run

Take your dog on a light jog around the block with you. Building up endurance is great for your badminton game and your dog will love stretching their paws.

Birdie Toy

If you don't want to give your dog a real badminton birdie (they can be easy to destroy), look for the silicone dog version of a birdie. Now your pooch has their very own birdie just like you!

Conclusion

Badminton is such a fun game to play and one that your dog can clearly join you in. While your pup may be more involved in the day to day badminton practicing, they can also watch you at a competitive game. Bring your dog along and have them sit on the sidelines as you play. Your pup will love watching the action and you will be able to look over and see your dog - that will certainly put you in the mood to win!