Activities For Dogs With Owners Who Like Gymnastics

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Introduction

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! 

Balance Beam

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
2 hrs
Items needed
Balance Beam, Wood or Tape
Treats
Activity description

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!

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Get a beam
Find something that you can use as a balance beam for your dog. While an actual beam may be out of the question (unless you have a lot of storage space!), you can purchase a floor beam, use a smooth piece of wood or even just mark the ground with a straight tape line to resemble a beam.
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Balance walk
Start by teaching your dog to walk across the beam or to walk in a straight line. This step is the most challenging as it can be tricky to walk on a small surface when you have four paws! Be patient, use lots of treats and make sure your dog is safe at all times.
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Beam tricks
Once your pup has mastered walking across a beam, teach them to do a few tricks as well. This doesn't have to be too hard (a dog doing a back flip on a beam may be out of the question) but something like 'sit' or 'lie down' will be very impressive on a balance beam.
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Trampoline

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Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Trampoline
Activity description

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. 

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Trampoline search
Buy a trampoline for you and your pup to have at home. If you aren't ready to take this big financial plunge into your dog's gymnastics career, head to a trampoline park or find a friend who already owns a trampoline. It is worth testing with your dog before buying!
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Jump on
Help your pup get up on the trampoline and see how their 'trampoline legs' work. Your dog may be a little wobbly at first which could scare them. Reassure your pup with affection, praise from you or treats to let them know that the trampoline is suppose to be fun.
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Up and down
Start bouncing a little bit on the trampoline so your dog gets the idea of how to jump. Start off slow so that your pup is just gently going up and down. If you dog seems to like it, bounce higher! Once your dog has the general idea, let them try to jump by themselves. Your pup will learn how to enjoy the trampoline in no time. Be aware of fatigue; a tired dog could experience injury. Start slow and build up endurance, as with any sport.
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Ribbon Dance

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Ribbon Stick
Activity description

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!

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1
Get a ribbon
Find a ribbon and a long stick that you can use to make your ribbon wand. You can also buy these online or at most gymnastics stores but they are very easy to make. Cut the ribbon long or short depending on your dog's size and also how you intend to use your stick.
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Dance and enjoy
Begin by waving the ribbon around yourself. Use slow gentle motions so your pup can watch and track the ribbon. Hand the stick or wand to your pup and let them give waving the ribbon a try. Your dog may create the next great rhythmic gymnastics routine!
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Chase and dance
If you dog isn't very smooth with their dance moves, try just playing chase with the gymnastics ribbon. Dangle the ribbon in front or your pup and pull it away right as they try to catch it. Run around with the ribbon trailing you and have your dog run after you. This game of chase may actual create a beautiful dance as well!
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More Fun Ideas...

Dog Gymnastics Class

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!

Vault

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!

Conclusion

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!