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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.