You love soccer. You are out there day after day, kicking the ball around. Perhaps you just play recreationally or perhaps you are a professional soccer player but, whatever the case, did you know that your dog loves soccer too? That's right! Even dogs can play soccer and many of them are fantastic at soccer related games. So, grab your pup and get started with one of these activities directed toward soccer players and their beloved pups (that's you!)
While you already know that you are very good at playing soccer, have you ever let your dog try to play? Now, we're not talking about just having your pup chase around a soccer ball (they probably do that all the time when your ball is left laying around anyway), we are talking about really having your pup play the game. If you are adamant about teaching your dog to play soccer, you should definitely go ahead and try! In fact, it may not be as hard as you think. You can certainly teach your pup how to score that goal and here is how!
To play soccer as a human, you need to have a certain set of skills. Being agile is one skill that any super soccer player has. The ability to change direction on a dime all while keeping control of the ball is something that takes years to practice. Running quickly is another skill needed for soccer. Of course, being able to aim a ball into a goal is an imperative skill of the game. While you may train to perfect all of these talents, why not also train your pup to be adept in them as well? Try these exercises to help your dog gain some great soccer skills while also having fun. The best part is that you can practice with your dog too!
If you have never heard of treibball for dogs, you should definitely look it up, especially if you love soccer and want to incorporate the game into your dog's life. While treibball isn't exactly the same as soccer, it is very similar especially when it comes to canines playing sports. In treibball, your pup with 'herd' or push a bunch of large balls toward a soccer goal, getting all of the balls into the goal as quickly as possible. Does this concept sound familiar? Sounds a lot like soccer, right? Time to start playing treibball!
Speed is an important part of soccer so take your dog for a run with you. Keep in mind that many dogs aren’t the best runners so start with short quick runs around the block.
Teach your dog to bring your soccer ball back to you after you kick it. This way, you can practice kicking the ball far or aiming it toward the goal and not have to chase after it. Your dog gets exercise and you get to play soccer!
By now, you are probably ready to head out the door with your soccer ball and your dog in order to try one of these activities. Who can blame you? They all sound like so much fun! You should also try them all to see which your pup likes best. Whichever game you begin with, just know that you are making your dog extremely happy by including them in an activity that you love. A family that plays soccer together, stays together!