Cooper may be little, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have seemingly endless energy. From the moment you walk through the door, your little dog is leaping up and down in anticipation. You take him out for a walk and you’re the one that tires first. A family barbecue in the sun usually ends up in most of the family napping by the afternoon. But Cooper is still happy to charge around, hoovering up leftover food and in search of fun. It’s quickly becoming apparent that you need an effective way to meet his energetic needs.
Training your small dog to play baseball may do just that. You’ll find that instead of causing havoc in the evenings, he's curled up asleep. Baseball happens to be a favorite sport in your household too. So this could give you a great way for your dog to get involved and bond with the family. Finally, this sort of exercise will help his muscles and joints grow lean and strong!
Training your small dog to play baseball is actually more straightforward than many owners realize. The trick is to keep it fun and light-hearted so it feels like a game. To do that, you’ll need to use an array of positive reinforcements. You’ll also need to gradually ease him into his new sport and use verbal commands to teach him the rules.
If your little dog is just a puppy, then you have the perfect student. He should be eager to please and highly responsive. As a result, he could be playing baseball in just a week. However, if Cooper is older, stubborn, and more interested in napping, then it could be several weeks before you see results. If you can master training, you’ll soon have a fun game to play with your dog and an important additional member of your baseball team. Lastly, if his energy is spent playing baseball, he's less likely to be chewing your new rug to pieces!
Before you get to work, you’ll need to gather a few items. Some baseball equipment will be needed from bats to balls and any safety gear. You’ll also need a tennis ball for one of the methods.
A large space to train will be essential. A local park or fields may do the trick, as you don’t want to risk breaking a window or worse. Set aside around half an hour several times a week for training. Bear in mind that if Cooper is just a puppy, you should keep training sessions short, allowing him time to rest and preventing him from losing interest.
Once you’ve got all of the above, just bring patience and a can-do attitude, then work can begin!