Activities For Dogs With Owners Who Like Skating

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Introduction

Twirling around on the ice, gliding effortlessly around on a thin blade and just enjoying the frigid air is all part of what makes skating wonderful. Wouldn't it be even better if you could include your dog in this activity? Well, you can! Chances are, your pup will love skating just as much as you when provided with the right skating related activities. So don't leave your pup behind when you head out to skate, take them with you and do one of these fun games. 

Ice Ball

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Cold Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Ice Skates
Ball
Activity description

Just because you want to go skating doesn't mean that you can't also play ball with your pup. In fact, skating and playing ball is the perfect combination of activities! This game is especially great when ice skating specifically as your dog will absolutely love sliding around across the ice as they try to chase down the ball. You get to practice your skating and your dog gets to go with you on an adventure and run around with their favorite toy. What could be better than that?! So grab your dog's favorite ball and your ice skates and get ready to go! 

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Small pond skating
Find a place where you can ice skate and can also bring your pup. Small outdoor ponds or rinks will probably be your best bet. However, always make sure that the ice is completely frozen and safe before stepping foot on the rink. You don't want your pup or yourself to fall in! (That would ruin the game for sure.)
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Warm up
Let your dog get adjusted to walking around on the ice for a few minutes. It may take a little bit for your dog to learn to balance and not fall. They will get their "ice legs" though and then be ready to play! Also, be sure to keep an eye on their paws as very, very cold weather can be painful for a dog.
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Fetch and slide
As you skate around, toss your dog their favorite ball and watch as they stumble to chase after it, sliding the whole way in excitement! Not only will your pup be playing their favorite game but they will also be working harder than ever to get the ball, a surefire way to tire them out.
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Roller Skate

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Roller Skates for Your Dog
Activity description
You may have heard of dogs who skateboard but what about dogs who roller skate? Well, there are plenty of pups who have started strapping skates on to their paws and rolling around with their owners! Why not teach your dog how to skate as well? While this can be a challenging activity, it is so much fun! You will also feel very proud of your pup when they get the hang of roller skating on their own. Then, the two of you can skate together anytime, anywhere! As always, be careful when teaching your dog this new trick, skating isn't for all pups and safety and happiness always come first!
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Equipment for your pup
Find a place that sells roller skates especially for dogs. If you search online, you will probably have the best luck. However, you can also just use roller skates for children which are much easier to find and will fit your pup well - just don't forget to buy 4, one for each paw!
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Safety and praise
Go to a place that has a nice, flat paved surface that will be easy for your pup to roll around on. Place the skates on your dog's paws and gently push them around, giving lots of praise and treats and also paying attention to your dog's demeanor to make sure they are having fun. Chances are, your dog will be frozen in place, a little scared of the new way of moving around. Don't worry, they will get adjusted soon!
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Roll!
Keep pushing or gently pulling your dog around on their new skates. Soon, your dog will try to take a step and really learn how to skate. Be sure to be near your dog the first few times out of skates in case they fall - you want to be right there to catch them! Your dog will get the hang of skating with a little practice.
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Skate and Run

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Collar
Leash
Roller Skates
Activity description

One of the easiest things you can do with your dog to incorporate your love of skating and your dog's basic needs is to bring your pup on a nice run while you skate beside them. In fact, this is actually even better for your dog than a regular run or walk as they will get to go even faster (you most likely skate faster than you can run or walk). Running isn't for all dogs so be sure that your pup will enjoy a nice jog around the block and keep in mind how far your pup can go. Dogs with short legs may be better at shorter distances while others will be able to run for miles as you skate along next to them. 

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Gear up
Strap on your skates and put a sturdy collar and leash on your pup. Head out the door and get ready to skate! Before heading out on any long runs, you may want to try just skating down a short street with your dog in tow and assess how they do.
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Run the route
Once your dog is comfortable running beside you as you skate, map a nice route suited for your skating and your dog's needs (don't go down any busy roads or through a forest that isn't skateable). Plan to run and skate frequently to give your dog some great exercise while you get to do your favorite activity too - skating!
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Cold version
Once you have skated on the road with your pup, it's time to make this more of a challenge by moving to the ice. Ice skate along a sturdy pond or rink while your pup slides and tries to run next to you. This will require more balance from your pup and from you as well! A perfect wintertime activity.
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More Fun Ideas...

Hockey

A dog can definitely play hockey and will be the best at fetching the ball if you happen to miss the goal! Bring your dog to your next hockey game and you can skate while they play.

Skateboard

While you may love regular skating the best, skateboarding can be just as fun and is surprisingly easy to teach your dog to do with you.

Conclusion

Skating is definitely an activity that you can incorporate into your dog's life. There are many ways to introduce your dog to the sport and they will have fun learning a new skill and playing with you at the same time. So whether it is cold outside and you are going ice skating or it is hot and you just want to rollerblade down the street, bring your dog and teach them how to skate!