If you are an avid table tennis player, chances are your dog may be interested in playing too. Surely your pup has sat near the table, eyes glued on the ball as it goes back and forth, back and forth. So why not let your pup play too? There are many ways in which you can incorporate your love of table tennis and your love for your dog into a great activity where everyone is involved.
In table tennis, a great serve is necessary to begin a winning game. You most likely practice your serve with the other side of the table flipped up so that the ball bounces back to you. Now that you are ready to play with your dog, it is time to flip that table back down so that the ball can fly off the table for your pup! Instead of the table returning the ball to you, that task is now your dog's job! It is a job that your dog will love doing and all the while, you get to practice your serve! If using a small ball, have another person on hand to watch that your pup gives the small ball back right away.
If you play table tennis at home frequently, chances are that you have a good number of ping pong balls lying around the house. Your dog is probably a big fan of chasing these balls which may, or may not be something you are okay with. After all, a dog could easily puncture the ball with their sharp teeth since the balls are so soft and light. Rather than chase your pup around the house, trying to get your ping pong balls back, why not get your pup a few dog-safe balls of their own and a new toy to help serve them up to your pup!
If your dog is very good at paw eye coordination, you may want to consider teaching them to play ping pong with you! This trick may take your pup a little bit of time to learn but once they master holding a paddle and hitting the ball, the possibilities are endless! Not only will your dog have a fun new skill but you will be able to play table tennis anytime without having to call a friend - your pup can just play with you! You may need a good amount of treats and also a good amount of patience to help your dog learn this game but hey, that's what table tennis is all about right? Practice and patience!
While table tennis and real tennis are definitely different, there are many similarities between the games. Bring your dog to a real tennis court and hit a few balls with your pup!
Table tennis doesn't have to be a game just for humans - your dog can definitely be involved too! From simple serve and catch to actually playing table tennis with you, there are many ways to show your dog the love of the game. So grab your pup and your table tennis paddle and get ready for some fun. Who knows, you and your dog may just start playing as teammates in table tennis competitions!