There is no doubt that Charlie is a true member of the family. In fact, you’d rather snuggle up on the sofa with your dog in the evenings than you would with your partner most of the time. And let’s not forget that your dog probably has better table manners than your kids. You’re pretty confident Charlie has just as much energy. In fact, he may even have too much energy. While you wouldn’t change that, you could do with a way to release some of that energy so he spends some of his time napping, affording you some privacy.
Training your dog to play baseball is the perfect way to channel Charlie’s energy into something safe and fun. In fact, it’s a great way to bring the whole family together as you all head out and play baseball together. If Charlie is tired after baseball, it also reduces the chances of him chewing your favorite rug to pieces too.
Owners are often surprised to learn training a dog to play baseball isn’t actually too complex. The trick is to get him familiar with the equipment and the rules gradually. To help with that, you’ll also need the right incentive. Food often works pretty well. Of course, simply playing with the ball is also usually fun enough. You may find if your dog isn’t too keen on playing, you’ll need to use some steps detailed below to encourage him.
If your dog is a puppy, then he should be full of energy and eager to please his owner. As a result, he could be playing baseball in just a week or so. But if Charlie is older and not the keen student he once was, then it could be several weeks before he gets the hang of it. Persevere with training and the rewards will be numerous. You’ll have a great game to keep your dog fit, lean, and strong!
Before you put on your gloves and start swinging, you’ll need to check that you have a few things. Some space to practice will be the first requirement. A large field or a yard away from other dogs and distractions is ideal. You’ll then need baseball equipment, plus a tennis ball. Friends and family members will also need to be enlisted.
Set aside around half an hour for training sessions, several times a week. Sneakers and correct safety equipment will also be necessary.
Once you’ve got all that, just head outside with a proactive attitude, then coaching can begin!