Activities For Wrestlers With Dogs

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Introduction

Wrestlers are known for their active lifestyles. Between workouts and fights, wrestlers with dogs need to find something to do with their favorite pooches. Many choose to live an active lifestyle with their pet, which means that they need dogs that can keep up with them. While there are numerous activities that wrestlers could participate in with their dogs, we have a few that we recommend. Take a look at our list of activities that wrestlers can do with their dogs.

Wrestling

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

While this is the most obvious choice, it has to be on this list. Wrestlers will love rough-housing with their pooch, and what better way for both of you to get a little exercise and burn some energy. We love that this activity can be done in any weather for free at your home with no tools other than you and your pooch and maybe a treat at game's end. Limit your wrestling time to less than an hour to prevent overdoing it for your dog. While this isn't a hard activity, it can be easy to be too rough for your pooch. Additionally, take precautions to ensure that your pooch won't get hurt during your in-home wrestling matches.

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Create commands
When you start an activity that allows for rough play, you need to have a command. You want your dog to understand that this is only acceptable behavior when it is prompted by a human. You also need a command that signals the end of this roughhousing. This will show your dog that the playtime is over.
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Make boundaries
Even during roughhousing, not all behaviors are considered acceptable. You should never allow your dog to bite or become aggressive. You should take a break if your dog starts to show behaviors that you don't want to encourage during playtime. It can take time to figure out what you deem appropriate, but when you see a behavior that you aren't okay with, stop the game.
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Have fun
Dogs love when people get down on their level to play with them. Your dog will love this kind of interaction. As long as you are are going about wrestling in a safe way, your dog should have a great time. If you notice that your dog seems scared or stressed, stop wrestling. It is never okay to make your dog feel uncomfortable. Be sure that you are respectful of their boundaries as you teach them to respect yours.
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Running

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Water
Activity description

To stay in peak shape, wrestlers need to do cardio exercise and lift weights. While dogs can't hit the weight room, they can accompany their owners on runs. Take your dog with you on your next run for a fun adventure. While you do need a day without bad weather to get outside and run, this is a free, easy activity that most dogs will have no problem participating in. Limit your time, especially at the beginning, to make sure you aren't pushing your dog too hard. If you are feeling really brave, you can even let your dog lead your runs.

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Chart a course
If you want to take your dog running with you, the first thing you need to do is find a safe area. While you don't have to stick to a specific course, you will want to make sure you are always in a safe area. If you let your dog lead on your runs, make sure that you change course if they ever start to take you somewhere that makes you feel uncomfortable.
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Hit the pavement
Once you have a good place to run, all you need to do is get out there. You will need to bring water and invest in a quality leash. Depending on how your dog likes to walk, you might want to get a harness instead of a collar for your runs. Harnesses will prevent any injuries to the neck that your dog could sustain from a collar.
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Biking

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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30 min
Items needed
Bike
Bike Leash
Water
Activity description

If you are used to hitting the stationary bike at the gym, switch things up so you can spend more time with your dog. If you already have a bike, it won't cost very much to get started on this activity with your dog. All you need aside from a bike is a bike leash and some water. This is a moderately difficult task, because it requires a little training and building up endurance, but it won't take a lot of time out of your day. Unfortunately, you shouldn't take your dog out when the weather is bad, so stick to biking only on sunny days without harsh temperatures.

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Start with a walk
To train your dog to use a leash near a bike without getting tangled in your bike's wheels, you should start by walking your dog next to your bike. Just walk your bike with your dog on the opposite side of the bike. Once your dog gets this basic step down, you can start training with a bike leash.
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Use a bike leash
The safest way to bike with your dog is to use a bike leash. It may take your dog a little time to get used to this kind of leash, so you should start off doing the same thing you did with the regular leash. Just walk your dog beside the bike using the proper leash. Once your dog has mastered this, you can start biking with your pooch.
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Hop on the bike
Find a good place to get out on your bike near your home. It is a good idea to stick close to your home at first in case your dog gets tired. In the beginning, you won't want to bike too fast. You should also limit the time you are biking until your dog builds up the proper endurance. Once you are both ready for longer rides, you can explore the world together. Always bring water with you to prevent dehydration and overheating issues.
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More Fun Ideas...

Flyball

Teach your dog the competitive sport of Flyball, which is a lot like relay races for humans. Instead of passing the baton, dogs pass the ball as they compete in the race.

Swim

Not all dogs enjoy swimming, but some will. If you want a good workout with your pooch, try to take your dog swimming. Start with a lifejacket on your dog for protection, and get out in the pool or lake.

Conclusion

Active humans need active dogs. Keep your dog fit and healthy with activities that not only challenge them but also keep them moving. As a wrestler, you are putting a lot of hours in at the gym. When it comes to spending time with your dog, use that as an opportunity to get a little extra cardio in your day.