Activities For Water Polo Players With Dogs

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Introduction

A Water Polo player is one of the strongest people in the world. This sport is so physically demanding that they are always in their top form, which means that they also like their dogs to be energetic and have a lot of stamina as well. Even better if they manage to connect their two loves, dogs and water. Luckily, most dogs love to swim in rivers, pools, and oceans, so finding the perfect activity you can share with your dog will not be that hard. 

Water Fetch

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Doggy Life Vest
Stick, ball, or toy
Activity description

Water Polo can be described as a sort of a water fetch game. Basically, the players swim to catch the ball and score a goal, so kind of like reversed fetch. Most dogs love playing fetch, so combining these two is a perfect way for a water polo player to get their exercise, and for their dogs to have loads of fun and build muscle as well. All you need is a body of water and a toy, ball, or a stick you can throw. You can even race your dog to the toy and see who can retrieve it first.

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Find water
First off, you need to find a large enough body of water to play in. If you are lucky enough to have a dog-friendly pool around, go there. If you are even luckier and live near the beach, go there and use the sea as your playground.
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Throw and swim
Throw the stick, toy, or a ball and have your dog go after it. Doggos love to swim and they would happily go after the thrown object and try to bring it back to you. Just make sure that you are not using a heavy object that can sink to the bottom. As well, do not throw the toy out into deep water. If your pup is not a confident swimmer, have them wear a doggy life vest.
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Twist it
To introduce a twist to the game, you can swim after the toy too and race your doggo. This will bring more excitement to the game, as your pup will rush towards the toy to try to beat you and become a champion of the water fetch game.
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Swimming Competition

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Doggy Life Vest
Activity description

Most doggos love to swim and doggy paddle, and it is absolutely the cutest thing in the world. However, if you introduce a moment of competition into your relaxing swimming activities, it will make the game more exciting and make your dog try harder. Make sure that your dog is an excellent swimmer before you do this; you don’t want any accidents to happen! As a precaution, you can have your pet wear a life vest. As you need your exercise to thrive, so does your dog, and swimming is the perfect sport for this, as it activates all the muscles in the body and builds strength in a healthy way that does not put pressure on the joints.

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Establish a goal
Get some floaters and place them a few meters away from the starting point. You can assess how far apart to put them, but for beginner doggo swimmers, start with shorter distances and move the floaters further away as they become more proficient swimmers.
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Ready, set, go!
Now race! Whoever gets to the finish line first gets a tasty treat back on the shore. Include a lot of praise and let your dog win from time to time. Yes, you are a great water polo player, but your doggo wants to be the champion once in a while.
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Doggy Water Polo

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Doggy Life Vest
ball
Activity description

You play water polo with humans all the time, and while that is fun and all, sometimes you want to include your dog in the game. Now, since doggos can never be the champions of Summer Olympics, you can at least make them feel like one by playing Doggy Water Polo with them. The pool is the perfect playground for this, so get a ball and teach your dog how to be Aleksandar Šapić! Fun fact, Šapić translates to “little paw”, which is perfect as your doggo’s water polo nickname!

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Set the rules
Teach your dog the basics of water polo. Practice for a while and show them how to score a goal. Encourage them to push the ball towards the goal using their nose and paws. Praise them when they get it right and let them know that they are doing a good job. Start slow and build up the challenge of the game as you go.
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Game on!
Time to rock and roll! Bring some friends and their dogs over and have a fun water polo match. Humans vs. dogs, or mixed teams, it is up to you! When you’re done playing, serve a delicious snack and cold water to the players to rehydrate them and keep them healthy and ready for the next competition.
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Water Jumps

Go to a dog-friendly pool that has jumping boards and jump your heart out. Your dog will be so happy when they get the chance to show off their skills and cool down on a hot day.

Relaxing Swim

Sometimes, you just need to relax your muscles. Those days, you can simply have a nice, slow, relaxing dip with your doggo. No rush here, no competition, just floating peacefully and enjoying the day.

Conclusion

Water polo players do exercise a lot, and so their dogs must be able to follow. Teach your pup how to be a good swimmer and start building that muscle mass! Just because you are an athlete, that does not mean that you don’t have the time to spend with your pup, just bring them along and teach them how to enjoy the water activities and keep you company!