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To be progressive means that you promote change and innovation. It can also refer to doing things in a step by step manner. So how does this apply to dogs? Well, with the games and activities that they play of course! If you have a progressive dog it means that they are well beyond a typical game of fetch and are ready to take the next step into new and exciting games. If this sounds like your pooch, here are the next, more modern activities you should do together.
In the past, many types of dogs were bred to help herd animals on farms. These dogs would chase flocks of sheep or cows and guide them into new pastures. Even though many herding breeds are now away from the fields and lounging on your couch, they still have an innate desire to herd. So what is a more progressive way to satisfy your dog's need to herd without finding a field of cattle? Play a game of treibball! This awesome dog game is a few steps away from herding live animals but the general mentality is still there which will make your pup's inner herding dog very happy!
If you have never heard of parkour then you are missing out! The general idea of the practice is to get from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible. This means running, jumping, climbing and scaling objects in order to reach a destination in the fastest way possible. Need to get across the living room but there's a couch in the way? Don't go around, leap over! Imagining your path and navigating your surroundings in a new way is what parkour is all about. The best part, your dog can join too! Dog parkour is excellent exercise for your pup and it is fun to train them to use this progressive way of getting around.
Sure, fetch can be a fun game to play with your dog but it isn't very progressive. Your progressive dog needs something new, something a step above fetch, something more fun. Flyball is the game for them! Flyball is a dog game that involves your pup jumping over hurdles in order to reach a box which will shoot out a tennis ball when pressed. The general idea of flyball is speed and precision - your dog should aim to jump the hurdles and retrieve the ball quickly and without distractions. This awesome game can also be played as a team with dogs taking turns racing through the hurdles and getting the tennis ball prize. With a team or alone, flyball is perfect for progressive dogs who need more than just fetch.
When skiing and dog sled racing combine, you get skijoring! Put on your dog's harness and hold on to your pup's leash as they pull you across the wintery ground. A progressive way to get around and a step up from a typical dog sled.
Why would your dog just walk into the water when they can take a flying leap?! Train your dog to run and jump off of a dock and into the water. Once they can jump really far, enter them into a dock jumping contest to show off their skills!
A modern dog needs more progressive activities in their day to day life. Your dog doesn’t want to be sitting around all day in the house or be entertained with typical games like fetch. So skip that regular old walk around the block and bring your dog for some fun doggy parkour. Help them entertain their herding instinct with a game of treibball. Skip fetch and practice flyball. Your progressive pup is going to love these new, step ahead games.