Activities For Lacrosse Players With Dogs

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Introduction

Maybe you are a professional lacrosse player or maybe you simply enjoy playing the game in your spare time but whichever is the case, you love lacrosse. You also love your dog. What better way to enjoy life than to combine these two loves and play lacrosse with your dog? That's right- there are many ways you can play your favorite game while also playing with the pup you love. Lacrosse isn't just for humans; dogs can play lacrosse in a variety of ways too.

Throwing

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Lacrosse Stick
Treats
Lacrosse Ball
Activity description

One of the main skills you need to have in order to be a great lacrosse player is to throw the ball with accuracy and force. As an avid player, you have probably gone to toss the ball against a wall once or twice, throwing the ball with your stick at the wall and catching it when it bounces back. While this is good practice for lacrosse, it can be a little lonely. The perfect way to get practice throwing the lacrosse ball while also enjoying the company of someone else is to bring your dog alone for your practice. Skip finding a wall to bounce the ball back and have your dog be your retriever! 

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Find a field
Head to a lacrosse field or large fenced in area where you will be able to throw the ball far and your dog will be able to freely run. Make sure to grab some treats, your dog's collar, your lacrosse stick and a lacrosse ball or two (you may need a back up if you throw too far and the ball gets lost).
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Sit and throw
Have your dog sit in front of you while you load the ball into the lacrosse net and throw. As your stick comes forward, pushing the ball out, tell your dog to fetch and let them chase the ball! Call your dog back, guiding them to return the ball to you for another toss. Have your dog sit again and then release them with the command "fetch"!
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Practice and play
While your dog will have fun running after the lacrosse ball no matter what, you can use this time to practice playing the game. Try to aim the ball at a tree or an actual lacrosse goal to work on your accuracy or try to throw the ball as far as possible to work on your force. Practice and play can go hand in hand!
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Running

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Collar
Leash
Treats
Activity description

Lacrosse is a game of endurance so being in shape and able to run is directly related to your ability to play the game. Performing training exercises that will help you get in shape to run the entire lacrosse game are something that every player should do. Of course, lacrosse isn't just running at one pace the entire game in a straight line. Lacrosse is about quick bursts of speed, running and changing directions quickly and also running back and forth across the field over and over, trying to score that goal! All of these lacrosse running needs can be practiced with your dog in tow! 

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Sprints
Start off by doing some wind sprints with your dog. Begin at a starting line (or anywhere you choose to be your starting line) and sprint to a marker a short distance in front of you. Tap the ground, turn around and run back to the starting line. Turn around again and run to a second marker, further than the first, tap it and head back to the starting line. Go a little further each time as fast as you can while your dog follows, chasing you in excitement!
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Agility running
Being able to move around on the field is necessary in lacrosse. You need to be nimble and quick! Set up an obstacle course for you and your dog to run around. Place a few objects that you need to run and turn around, a few things to jump over and some obstacles to weave through as your run. Who will be better at the obstacle course, you or your dog?!
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Endurance
While lacrosse isn't about running in a straight line, you can still get some good practice getting your heart rate up by going for a distance run. Make sure to pace yourself in line with your dog and never go too far the first few times out with your dog - they need to get in shape just like you!
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Mirror Play

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Water
Goal
Treats
Lacrosse Stick
Lacrosse Balls
Activity description

While it may be possible to teach your dog to play an actual game of lacrosse, stick and all, you can also aim to teach your dog to simply mirror your play and use their mouth to control the ball. With this exercise, you and your dog will both get a chance to run around the lacrosse field (something you love), scoop the lacrosse ball and also practice throwing the ball into the net. You will need your lacrosse stick and a few lacrosse balls but all your dog will need is their excited personality and maybe a bowl of water for after the game! 

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Set up
Find a lacrosse field where you can practice with your dog - fenced in fields are always better so you don't have to worry about your dog running away! Place a few lacrosse balls around the field at various spots, putting two balls in every location (one for you and one for your dog).
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Scoop and shoot
Start to run, calling your pup along with you, and head for the first set of balls. Scoop the ball up with your net and instruct your pup to pick up the second ball then run toward the goal. Flick your stick and shoot the ball into the goal and have your dog drop the ball in the net. Then head for the next set of balls - never stop moving!
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Play lacrosse!
Run around the field with your dog, scooping up all the balls and shooting them at the net while your dog grabs the ball and runs it toward the goals as well. Once you have made all your goals, take a water break and set the game up again! Your dog will have a good night sleep after all this running!
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Footwork

Practice your fast footwork ( a necessity in lacrosse) by setting up a few rings on the ground. Run through them, one foot in each ring and train your dog to do the same - much harder and more challenging for you and your pup than running in a straight line!

Agility Course

Set up a doggy obstacle course for your dog and train them to run through. Your dog can even compete in dog agility contests once they get really good! You will be winning medals for lacrosse while your dog takes home agility trophies!

Conclusion

Lacrosse is a team sport and your dog should definitely be part of that team. As you can see, there are many lacrosse games that you can play with your dog that will not only make your pup happy but help with your own lacrosse training as well. From running exercises to practicing tossing the ball far and with accuracy, you and your dog can play lacrosse together in a variety of ways any time you would like!