Activities For Wallyball Players With Dogs

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Introduction

A room. A net. A ball. A dog? Can your really incorporate your dog into your passion for playing wallyball? Absolutely! Not only can your dog help you improve your wallyball game but they will also have just as much fun as you. So forget finding a dog sitter for the night, don't put out that dog food before you leave, just bring your dog with you and play these fun wallyball games with your pup by your side!

Serve It

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Wallyball
Court
Net
Activity description
One of the most important skills you can have in wallyball is a killer serve. You want to be able to hit that ball over the net right past your opponents. Of course, in order to improve your serve, you need to practice! Know who is the perfect practice partner? Your dog! Not only will your dog enjoy just being with you in the wallyball court but they will be super helpful in retrieving the ball for you! Since wallyball courts are indoors, you can do this activity in any weather, any time of year. The only cost is that of using the wallyball court, which is often free.
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Ball fetch
Start your wallyball serve practice just by introducing your dog to the ball itself. Let your pup sniff the ball and then roll it forward, encouraging your pup to push it back to you. After a few of these roll and fetch trials, you are ready to really practice your serve with your dog as your ball retriever.
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Gentle serve
Begin by serving the wallyball a few times gently, making sure your pup is aware of where the ball will land and travel. Once the ball is on the ground, have your pup bring it back to you. Give them a treat and gently serve it again. Your pup will love bringing you the ball and the gentle serves can help you practice your aim rather than your power serve.
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A little harder
Time to really get some strength behind your serve! Have your dog stay by your side as you serve the ball at full speed. Once the ball is flying through the air, tell your dog to fetch! The fast ball will excite them and they will be ready to fetch over and over, encouraging you to keep on practicing until that serve is perfect!
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Strength Drills

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Any Day
Free
Normal
60 min
Items needed
Dog Treats
Activity description
As with almost any sport, it is beneficial to your wallyball game develop core strength, arm strength and leg strength. It is also easy for you to work on all of these things right from your home. You can even do a number of exercises with your dog as your assistant! Won't a boring workout be much better with your dog helping you along the way! Not only will your wallyball game improve when you practice these drills but your dog will also be entertained and enthused when they get to participate. These drills are all free to do and can be done inside or outside.
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Plank
To work on your core strength, hold yourself in a plank position (a push-up position but leaning on your elbows instead of your hands) which works your abdominal muscles. Place a pile of dog treats in between your arms and, while holding the plank position, grab a dog treat and put it under your stomach. Your dog will run under you to get the treat - don't fall down on them! Repeat until the treats are gone and your stomach muscles are burning.
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Wall sit
Stand against a wall, holding your dog's favorite treat and then lower yourself down into a seated position with your back still against the wall. Hold your arms straight out, holding the dog treat right out of your dog's reach. Have them stay and wait, not nipping toward temptation, until your legs muscles can't sit any longer. Stand up and toss your dog their reward for patiently waiting.
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Arm strength
Grab a tennis ball and head outside with your dog to play a round of fetch. Throw the ball as far as you can and then have your dog chase and retrieve it. Next, throw with your other arm. Throw with both arms, trying each time to throw the ball as far and as fast as you can. Your dog will love this training and your wallyball game will improve when your arms are stronger.
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Run Faster

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Dog Treats
Collar
Activity description
When playing walleyball, you may not run very far but you are constantly moving, making your heart rate rise and your step count for the day increase. The best way to get in shape for a competitive game of walleyball is to run and practice a few running drills that will improve your footwork. Know who likes to run with you? Your dog! Your pup will have a great time running with you in order to get in shape for walleyball. Running is also great because it is completely free - it doesn't even cost you a penny! Running is better when the weather is nice but if you're serious about getting better at wallyball, you can run anytime!
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Regular running
Grab your running shoes and your dog's leash and collar and hit the road. While you don't need to run far or fast, just getting out there and letting your heart rate rise will be beneficial. When running with your dog, you should always be aware of how they are feeling and make sure you match your pace to theirs.
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Fancy footwork
Start at one side of a room and get ready to do a grapevine to the other side! Keeping your body facing forward, move sideways by stepping to the side and then crossing your foot in front of the other. Then take another step to the side and cross your foot behind the other. Continue doing this until you reach the other side of the room. As you grapevine across the room, hold out a dog treat for your pup to follow you. maybe they will even start to walk sideways! This motion will greatly help you move around the small wallyball court in any direction.
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Side to side
Head to a larger outdoor space where you will be able to practice this running drill in a nice open space. Of course, bring your dog! Keep your body facing in one direction and move to the side by taking a step to the side and then jumping your feet together in a skip. Take another step to the side and skip your legs together again. This side step motion will be something you repeat often on the wallyball court and will help your body learn the motions well. Your dog will have a great time chasing you, skipping along or just running around you in circles.
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More Fun Ideas...

Bump It Up

See how many times you can bump your ball into the air and then, once the ball falls to the ground, give your dog the subsequent number of small treats. Your pup will seriously hope you get better at this game!

Lunges

Improve your leg strength by practicing lunges. Lunge all the way across your room with your dog by your side. Toss your pup a treat after every rep of ten.

Conclusion

It may not seem like wallyball is a very dog-friendly game. The court is small, the ball is big and there are plenty of opportunities for your pup to get in the way. However, as you can see, your dog can easily be part of your wallyball life. After these activities, you will be a better wallyball player and a better dog owner too! Time to improve your wallyball game and have fun with your pup!