Activities For Dogs With Owners Who Like Karate

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Introduction

You may think that karate is all about hand to hand combat which revolves around powerful leg and arm movements - something that may be quite difficult for a dog. While yes, this may be true, that doesn't mean that a dog can't partake in lots of karate driven activities. While your pup probably can't chop a board in half with their paw, they can definitely do lots of training activities that will help you get better at karate while spending time with your dog. 

Balance Games

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20 min
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Balance Ball
Treats
Activity description

Learning to balance and working to improve your balance is actually a major benefit to anyone who does karate. Not only do balance workouts help to strengthen your core but they also help in keeping you on your toes, centered and sturdy as you fight your opponent. Your dog can join you in practicing your balance and get better at keeping steady on their paws. While dogs do have a natural advantage (four paws instead of two legs), your dog will love doing these activities as they get a good workout and mainly because they get to spend time with you! 

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Balance ball
Purchase a Bosu ball for you and your pup to share in your quest to gain balance. A Bosu ball looks like an exercise ball cut in half that you can stand on top of or flip upside down and balance on the base as it rocks. Have your dog stand on the ball and try to catch a treat without falling off or simply have them try to stand without falling off - it's harder than you may think!
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Beach games
Head to the beach or any sandy location to practice your karate with your dog. The sand will add an extra element of difficulty as your feet sink as you move about. Let your dog run in the sand, getting a good workout in while you practice your balance. Your pup will also have to balance as they run across the beach - it isn't like walking on the pavement, that’s for sure!
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Two paws
Standing and balancing on one leg is a skill that karate professionals practice all the time. Have your dog practice something similar by balancing on only their back two legs. Hold a treat up high, just out of reach from your pup and see how long they can balance, trying hard to get that treat!
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Karate Principles

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20 min
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Three of the main principles in the art of karate are respect, discipline and humility. Those practicing karate need to have respect for the sport, their opponents and themselves. They need discipline in their practice and in their day to day life. Humility comes when one does not boast but is humble. All of these ideas can actually be passed on to your pup and are things that any karate lover can easily train. A dog who can display these three standards of behavior not only will be a true karate-loving dog but also a complete joy as a pet. 

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Respect
Teach your dog respect by being a consistent positive factor in their life. Your dog will respect you if you protect them, comfort them, provide food, give them plenty of exercise and always follow through with your commands (if you say sit, make sure your dog sits!). Rewards and treats are also always a bonus!
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Discipline
A disciplined dog is one who obeys commands. You do not need to be harsh or mean to your dog in order for them to be disciplined. In fact, all you need to do is be consistent in what you are asking. Dogs like routine so if you tend to feed your pup at 7 am, do it every day at 7 am. They will like this dependability and become more disciplined themselves.
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Humility
While it may be hard to believe that a dog can be humble and practice humility, they definitely can. You may be surprised to learn that dogs can feel guilt, shame, fear and, most importantly, love. Praise and reward your dog when they are just being themselves, a perfect pup who wants nothing more than to be with you. A dog who is appreciated day to day for no reason whatsoever will be humble and happy.
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Endurance

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1 hr
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Hurdles
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Karate isn't all about kicks and punches. In fact, practicing karate will force you to use muscles you never knew you had and leave you exhausted. Not only do you need to work on the main karate skills but you also need to do endurance exercises to prepare you for a long sparring match. This is a part of karate where dogs will flourish. Many pups are naturally skilled at endurance exercises; however, there are some who may benefit from a few extra runs and jumps. Time to get that pup off the couch and start practicing some karate endurance moves! 

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Jumps
Jump repetitions are a common strength conditioning exercise that karate professional do. Jumps not only help build leg muscles but they also help increase your heart rate. Set up a few hurdles for you and your pup to run and jump over or just practice jumping in place. Your dog will leap through the air if you hold their favorite treat high enough!
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Runs
Go for slow, long distance runs with your dog some days but also take your dog with you for a few quick sprints down the road. Combining longer endurance runs with short, fast, bolts of energy will help your overall karate. Your dog will also love both of these activities - going fast and also going far.
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Play fight
While you should never hurt your dog and you should also never allow your dog to bite you, play fighting with your pup is a great way to simulate a karate fight. Chase your dog and have them face you and chase you back. Keep this activity light and playful as no one wants a real fight!
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More Fun Ideas...

Karate Movie

If you love karate, watch a fun karate movie with your dog. Choose from one of the hundreds of karate movies and then curl up with your dog on the couch for a nice movie night. The movie Karate Dog is a good choice!

Meditate

Practice calm, meditation with your dog by sitting quietly together and slowly breathing in and out. When you both are relaxed and peaceful, your overall moods will improve and you will be centered and ready to practice the art of karate.

Conclusion

If you are a karate lover and also a dog lover, you are now well equipped with ways to combine both of your loves with some fun activities. Practicing any of these games will not only make you better skilled in karate but they will also make you a better dog owner as you will be spending lots of time and attention on your pup. Who knew that karate and dogs would mix so well!