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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!