Activities For Floorball Players With Dogs

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Introduction

Are you an avid floorball player? Do you spend all your spare time practicing, playing and thinking about floorball? But are you also thinking about your beloved dog at the same time? If this sounds like you, then you definitely need to find some activities that combine your love for floorball with your desire to be with your dog. This guide can help merge those two dreams, letting you play your favorite sport with your favorite pup.

Goal Keeper

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Any Day
Cheap
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1 hr
Items needed
Floorball Stick
Floorball Ball
Floorball Net
Activity description
When playing floorball, your main goal is to get that small ball into the goal. However, as you well know, that is easier said than done. It can be hard to get the ball into the goal especially if there is a good goalie guarding the net. Know who would make an ideal goalie? Your dog! Having your pup stand in front of the goal will almost ensure that you can't get any balls in the net, past those four paws! Practice shooting goals with your dog as the goalie any time, inside or outside for a minimal cost that results in a lot of fun.
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Set up
Head to a floorball court or just to your backyard with your pup, your floorball stick and a ball. Set up a net as well and get ready to play. Let your dog wander around a little, sniffing the ball and net and getting comfortable with all the equipment. Once your pup sees the ball, they will likely get excited!
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Guard dog
Have your dog sit and stay in the center of the goal. Command them using treats to continue to stay while you back up a few feet and put the floorball down. Your dog will likely see the ball and start wagging their tail, super excited to start playing! This game won't take much training on your dog's part as they will naturally want to catch the ball, they just need to stay in front of the goal!
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Shoot with care
Use your floorball stick to hit the ball and try to get it past your dog and into the goal. Your pup will likely jump at the ball, not letting it anywhere near that net! Retrieve the ball and have your dog get back into position as goalie. Once your dog has caught a few floorballs, you can try to shoot them with a little more skill. Always be aware of how hard you are hitting the ball (those floorballs can be tough!) and try to practice your aim rather than your force. You can practice shooting with force when a human is in nets as opposed to your dog.
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Running Drills

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Sunny Day
Free
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1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Activity description
While the main goal of floorball may be to get the ball into the goal, there is also a lot of running involved in the sport too. Running back and forth, left to right is a constant part of the game. Running that long isn't easy and you need to be in good shape in order to play floorball. Luckily, your dog can help you with this and will love to be your running partner! While most of these running drills are best to do outside when the weather is nice, you can practice others inside as well. The best part, running is free!
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Distance run
Grab your dog's collar and leash and head outside to clock a few miles. When playing floorball, you will constantly be running which means you will need to improve your endurance. Running a few miles every day will help this. Be sure to match your dog's pace and never pull them ahead or force them to go further than they are able.
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Sprints
Head outside with your dog on a sunny day and get ready to run fast. Mark a short distance, say 20 meters (half of a floorball court) and then head to the "starting line" with your dog by your side. Sprint to the 20 meter mark and then turn around and sprint back to the starting line. Who will win - you or your pup?
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Stair workout
When you are unable to go outside to run, you can easily get in a good workout just using your stairwell. Start at the bottom with your dog and run all the way up, then all the way back down. Repeat the run several times until you, or your pup, are too tired to run anymore. Time to curl up together and take a floor-nap!
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Zig Zag

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Floorball Stick
Floorball Ball
Cones
Activity description
When playing floorball, you want to keep your ball away from your opponents, dodging their every advance toward you but keeping control of the ball. In order to do this, you need to practice weaving around objects while holding onto the floorball. This is an easy drill to do at home with a few cones placed on a nice flat surface with your dog by your side. That's right, your dog likes weaving in and out of things too! In fact, there are whole doggy agility classes based around this move. So grab that stick and a few cones and get ready to have fun with your pup while also practicing your favorite game.
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Cone placement
Find a place with a hard, flat surface, similar to a floorball course, where you can set up a few cones. You will need about 5-6 cones at least but, the more the better! Place the cones on the ground in a straight line, leaving some space for you to go in between them. Let your dog give them a good sniff so that they see that the cones are nothing to be afraid of.
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Walk through
With your dog on their leash, walk them through the cones, going left and right around the cones, coaxing your dog to follow you back and forth. Reward your dog when you have gone through the cone path and then, do it again but a little faster. After a few rounds, when you feel like your dog is weaving nicely, let them off the leash and have them follow you through unrestricted.
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Keep the ball
Start at the beginning of the cones and place the floorball down on the ground. Start hitting the ball around the cones, going left to right. Meanwhile, your dog will likely be on your heels, following you around the cones but also trying to get that ball! Don't let your dog grab it away and keep full control as you go back and forth.
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Study The Game

When you aren't playing floorball, you can watch a few floorball games, study some techniques or brush up on what is happening in the floorball world. As you study the game, cuddle your pup on the couch!

Stretch Together

Before playing floorball, it is a good idea to get a good stretch to loosen your muscles. Have your dog come with you and, as you stretch, reach toward them to hand your pup a treat. Have your pup sit farther away so you need to stretch more!

Conclusion

Dogs are big fans of any game that involves a ball and therefore, they will be automatic fans of floorball. All of these activities will help incorporate your dog into your floorball lifestyle in a fun and seamless way. You don't need to be in the middle of an active, five player floorball game in order to get better at the sport and with these activities, you will improve your game while also spending time with your best friend.