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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!