Playing football, watching football, talking about football…if this sounds like you, then you have come to the right place! Passing your love of football on to your dog is not as difficult as you may think. In fact, there are many football related activities that you can do with your pup. So don't think that when the game is on, your dog has to sit in the corner! Pick one of these fun football games to play and make your dog love football just as much as you!
Football is a lot of stop and go. To put it as simply as possible, the play begins, there's a lot of action, a lot of running and then the play is complete. A typical football play is only a matter of seconds long but those few seconds are very high energy. Know who else has bursts of energy? Your dog! Dogs are natural sprinters and enjoy running and stopping, running and stopping. So why not let your dog practice like a football player and join you in some wind sprints on the field? Get ready to get tired quickly while your dog will probably want to play forever!
All dogs love playing catch, some will even return the ball to you making it a game of fetch! Weather your dog likes to just catch a ball or actually retrieve it, make that ball you are throwing a football. While a tennis ball is the typical go to for a dog, a football works just as well and your pup may appreciate the new shaped ball. Take your dog to your local football field and get ready to toss the ball around. Work on your throw and your dog will be able to work on their chase! Everyone wins!
Get your dog involved in watching the big game by teaching them to recognize and get excited for a touchdown (by your favorite team of course). There is nothing as fun as celebrating your team scoring that to rejoice with your pup. Your dog may already be aware of your favorite team based on your reactions to the TV - dogs are smarter than you think! So encourage this behavior and get your dog even more involved in the game with a touchdown treat tradition. After a few touchdowns with this new ritual, your dog will get very excited when football comes on the TV!
Sign your dog up to play in their own football league. While this will mostly consist of your pup running around in a jersey with other dogs, that sounds like a ton of fun!
Head to a football field with your dog and a football. Practice punting the ball down the field as your dog runs to chase it.
Football isn't just for dog owners, it can easily be for your dog as well! Your love for the game should be shared with your pup who will also get just as much enjoyment out of football as you. Besides, dogs love any game that allows them to chase a ball or get a treat. All of these activities are perfect for owners who like football and they make sure everyone in the house is into the big game, including the dog.