Activities For Dogs With Owners Who Like Fencing

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Introduction

It takes a special type of person to truly appreciate the art of fencing. It takes an even more unique person to love dogs as much as they love fencing. The tricky part is to incorporate these two loves into one. How can you practice fencing while still including your dog in your day to day activities? Could your dog become part of your fencing routine? They absolutely can! These fun, unique activities will help you and your pup appreciate fencing together.

Speed Work

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Posts
Leash
Collar
Treats
Activity description
To become a great fencer, you need to be fast on your feet. Practicing footwork and getting faster at moving around the court are essential to any fencer whether you are a novice or a skilled professional. There are many ways to help you get faster in your fencing game but how can you also incorporate your dog into these drills? Well, if one thing a dog loves to do, it is work on their speed! Dogs are naturally fast on their paws and they will not only have fun helping you work on your fancy footwork but they will also get great exercise themselves!
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Running
Going for a simple run in one of the best ways to gain speed. Running distances and also going to quick sprints will all transition to being fast on the fencing court. Grab your dog's leash and collar and head out the door for a run with your pup. Always follow your dog's lead and let them set the pace!
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Weaving
Set up a few posts about one to two feet apart and run through them, weaving back and forth as your run. Go to the left of the first obstacle and then to the right of the next. Back and forth, back and forth to help you become quick on your toes. Have your dog follow you through the course and see how quickly they can go!
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Chase the leader
Play a combination game of follow the leader and chase simply by running around and having your dog follow you around the room. Change directions quickly and see if they can keep up! Moving around in various ways is something necessary to fencing and also a game your pup will find very entertaining.
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Jumping

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Cheap
Easy
20 min
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Hoops
Platforms
Activity description
Many who are not familiar with fencing may not know this but jumping is a very important part of the sport. Whether it be jumping up onto a platform or jumping to avoid a sword in a graceful manner, you need to be able to jump skillfully to fence. Of course, this means you need to practice jumping! Bringing your pup with you is just logical as dogs also are master jumpers. Jumping is fantastic exercise for your dog and you will be amazed at how high those four paws can lift off the ground! So grab your pup and get your legs ready for a good workout that will help you improve your fencing skills.
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Up high
Jumping up onto high objects is a great way to improve your fencing jumps. After all, you want to be able to get your legs high up in the air when that sword swings toward you. Jump up onto a platform (couches work great) and then jump down. Have your pup follow your every jump - both of you will have sore legs the next day!
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Hurdles
Set up a row of hurdles for you and your dog to jump over. Running and jumping over hurdles is not only a great exercise to help improve your fencing jumps but it is also a decent cardio workout. See who can run and jump over the hurdles faster and more accurately, you or your pup.
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Side to side
Practice jumping from side to side with your dog by setting up some hoops on the ground and simply jumping into them. Go from one hoop to the next with your dog following close behind. This will help improve your fencing as you will be able to quickly move out of the way by jumping in any direction. Your dog will also love the challenge of staying inside the hoops!
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Sword Control

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 min
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Big Stick
Activity description
A big part of fencing is learning how to control your sword. You need to learn how to have jabbing accuracy, how to keep your distance with a sword in hand and how to use your wrists to make small movements in order to win a match. Of course, it is silly to think that your dog could master holding a sword, but what about something similar? While you are flipping your sword around, your dog can easily partake in your training by following these steps. Isn’t it amazing how much your dog can participate in when it comes to fencing practice?
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Stick search
Find a very large stick that your dog can carry around and use as a makeshift sword. Of course, the size of the stick should be comparable to your dog - you don’t want to give a chihuahua a six foot tree branch! Something that your dog can easily lift but still requires a little bit of effort from your pup is perfect.
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Gentle play
Just like in fencing, the goal of this game is to knock the “sword” (or stick) out of your dog's mouth. You want to do so gently as to not injure your dog but still use some of your fencing skills to get them to drop the stick. You can use your own stick for this step or just your hands but skip using your sword when playing with your dog - you don’t want anyone to actually get hurt!
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Forward and back
Move forward and back, side to side, using your fancy, fencing footwork as you advance toward your dog. If your pup knocks you with their stick without dropping it, you lose! If you manage to get your dog to drop the stick without physically grabbing it from them, then you win!
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Lunge

Practice your deep lunge with your dog by your side. Start on a line with your pup and lunge forward, just as you do in fencing. See if your dog can also keep their paws on the line while their other paws reach forward.

Friends

Fencing is a two person sport so the chances are that you will need to practice with someone else. Find a fellow fencer that also has a dog and arrange for your pups to play while you fence.

Conclusion

Fencing and dogs seems like an unlikely combination but, as you can see, there are plenty of ways to combine the two. It can be tricky to practice true fencing with your dog around (you don’t want them to step in front of a sword by accident!) but you can definitely train in a variety of ways. Jumping, speed work and sword control are all perfect things to do with your dog in order to combine your two great loves - fencing and your dog!