Activities For Obedient Dogs

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Introduction

Each dog has a unique personality. There are some who are playful and lively while there are some who prefer sleeping all day or staying indoors. Some dogs have a mischievous streak while some are immensely obedient and compliant. Out of all the different dog personalities, the obedient dogs are some of the best kinds. This is because they are easy to train and call. Furthermore, obedient dogs are responsive and can easily pick up commands. If you have an obedient dog, you may want to check out some of the activities listed below. 

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

If you have an obedient dog who complies a lot, why not take things further and actually do obedience training? This type of training involves the application of various techniques, such as games, in order to teach dogs some basic commands and tricks. There are levels to obedience training; some owners simply want their dogs to learn new things and commands while there are others who take things further by doing competitive obedience training. For the latter kind, the services of a professional dog trainer are usually acquired. However, you can train your dog in obedience without the help of a pro. This activity can be done both indoor and outdoor, depending on you. While no expense is involved, a lot of patience is needed when doing obedience training.

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Do your research
If you are a clueless owner who does not know where to start, you need to do your research on do-it-yourself obedience training. There is lots of information on how you can do obedience training with your dog, found both online and offline. Look for things you need, activities and games for obedience and other related information.
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Try the training out
When you have gathered all the information you need, what you have to do is to try it out. Prepare all the things needed for the training and put your newly-acquired knowledge to the test. Start out with basic games and commands to avoid getting your dog all confused. Also, do not forget to reward your dog for doing things correctly. This will give them that extra motivation during the obedience training.
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Dock Jumping

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Toy
Flotation vest (optional)
Activity description

Dock jumping or diving is a canine sport whereby dogs run the entire length of a dock and jump into a body of water as far as possible. This is usually achieved by throwing a beloved toy into the water, similar to fetch. While dock jumping is a sport participated in by lots of dogs and their owners, it can be done by others casually. This is a good way to test your dog’s obedience and to check if they are compliant enough to jump in the water and retrieve the item you threw. It is also a fun and refreshing activity for your dog as they get to splash and swim while bonding with you.

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Find your spot
Needless to say, dock jumping is impossible without the presence of a dock. Hence, you need to find a dock where you and your dog can do the sport. You need to make sure that the place you find is dog-friendly and that the water that your dog will be jumping in is not too deep. Check any possible hazards to your dog before embarking on the sport.
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Watch your dog fly!
After you find the perfect spot for you to do dock jumping, make your way to the place. Make sure you have the essentials for you and your dog. If your dog is not an experienced swimmer, use a flotation vest to prevent the risk of drowning. When everything is set, find the toy that you will use and call your dog’s attention to it. Once you have your dog’s full attention, throw the toy into the water and watch your dog run after it. Get your dog out of the water and do it all over again. Watch your dog for signs of fatigue and always hydrate.
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Musical Canine Freestyle

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Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Routines
Music
Activity description

Musial canine freestyle is a new canine sport that features elements of obedience training, dancing and tricks. While it started out as a creative way to bond with dogs, this activity is considered as a competitive sport in some countries all over the world. In fact, in the United States, an organization called the Canine Freestyle Federation has been established specifically to cater to dog owners who want to participate in the sport. Though it is treated as a competitive sport by some, any dog and owner can try this activity. If you are a fan of music and dancing, then you will definitely enjoy dancing with your pooch. It is an entertaining way to build a connection with your dog while also honing their obedience skills. 

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Look up routines
Generally, there are two types of musical canine freestyle – freestyle heeling and musical freestyle. These are usually for serious competitors. However, you can use this as a starting point. The best way to learn is through watching videos. Ultimately, your goal is to find a simple enough routine that you and your dog can start with. Practice the moves with your dog until you both get the hang of it.
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Bust a move!
After a bit of practice, find the music that you would like to dance to and dance away! You may start with simple and basic movements such as the “chacha”, wherein you step forward while you get your dog to move back and vice versa. Once you find your rhythm, you can start to incorporate some tricks into your routine. Remember that this is a process and you should not try to do too many things all at once so that your dog will not end up bemused.
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Put on a show
One of the best things about canine freestyle is showing off what you and your dog can do. Perform for both human and canine friends, and before you know it, you will have requests to teach the moves to others! It is a great way to exercise - and the more the merrier.
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Skijoring

If you live in a city where ski resorts abound, take advantage of this and try skijoring. This is basically a sport where dogs wear a harness and assists a skier. This is a cool (literally!) way to have some fun with your dog while also putting their obedience to the test. 

Fetch

A true test of obedience, fetch is a standard dog game that owners love to play. When playing fetch, all you have to do is pick a toy and throw it some meters away for your dog to retrieve. Once your dog picks the toy up and returns it to you, reward your dog with either a gesture of affirmation or some doggy treats.

Conclusion

Obedience is an important quality in dogs and one that should be appreciated and taken advantage of. Obedient dogs are intelligent, trainable, fun to be with and simply a cut above the rest. These activities help put your dog’s obedience to good use and can also pave the way for a better dog-owner relationship.