Are you a gymnast, former gymnast or just love watching gymnastics? Do you also own a dog? Maybe you should think about combining your love for gymnastics with your love for your pup! Yes, it is possible to incorporate your dog into your gymnastics filled world. There are many gymnastics related activities for your dog to do alone or with you. Gymnastics isn't just for people anymore! So get your pup in a leotard and get ready!
The balance beam is definitely a hallmark of women's gymnastics. It combines the need for balance with the ability to do difficult acrobatics without falling off a small beam. Do you think your pup is up to this challenge? You can teach your dog not only to walk across a beam but also to do tricks. If you do not have an actual beam, a smooth piece of wood will do. You can even mark the ground with a piece of tape for your pup to walk across. Your pooch will be a regular old gymnast in no time! We give that dog a perfect ten!
While trampoline isn't actually a gymnastics event, gymnasts use trampolines to train and practice all the time. It gives a gymnast the ability to jump high and get a little extra spring help in order to learn a new trick. If your dog is one who loves to bounce, then they will also love jumping on a trampoline. Going up and down, up and down with ease can be fun for everyone! You can even jump alongside your pup - how fun! Big trampolines are perfect for outside or you can look into a small, indoor trampoline to play with as well.
Gymnastics isn't just floor, vault, beam and bars. There is also the whole world of rhythmic gymnastics. Rhythmic gymnastics combines dance with gymnastics and also uses props on the floor event. These props may be something that interests your dog. The ribbon dancing event is one idea specifically that your dog may love and be able to participate in. A long stick with a ribbon tied onto it is used for the gymnast to wave around with beautiful motions. Why not let your dog try to do the same? And if your dog isn't into dancing with the ribbon, they may really enjoy chasing it!
Have your dog run down a runway just like a gymnast and then leap over a vault or similar apparatus. While we don't expect your pup to do flips over the vault, they surely can jump it!
There are dog gymnastics classes available especially around urban centers. Enroll your active pup in one and watch as the next great doggy gymnast is born!
Make your love for gymnastics into a family affair and don't leave out your dog! While it may seem crazy, dogs definitely can partake in gymnastics in one way or another and these activities are a great place to begin. So get ready to jump, flip and tumble along with your pooch. You no longer need to separate your gymnastics loving life from your happy life with your dog. Everyone can flip together and your dog may surprise you by being a natural gymnast!