Your active little puppy seems to have an endless amount of energy. By the time you’ve walked downstairs in the morning, she's already leaping up and down, tail wagging furiously. You take her out for several short walks each day but she's still insistent on following you around every room. She never seems to be ready for bed at night either. You can't help but love her full-of-life attitude.
However, it would also be nice to have some downtime in the evenings. So you need an effective way to tire her out. You’d also like to teach her a fun game and maybe some sports. Therefore, training your puppy to play baseball seems like it will tick all the boxes. Plus, your family loves baseball, so it means Lucy can join in with your family games. It’s also a great way to channel her energy down a productive avenue. Lastly, watching a puppy play baseball is bound to be hugely entertaining!
Training a puppy to play baseball is actually surprisingly straightforward. The trick is to make the whole thing feel like a game. It also means easing her into the game gently and giving her all the support she needs. Training may also require using some temptation techniques to get her eager to get involved. Of course, positive reinforcements will play a key role throughout.
If your puppy is keen to please and highly receptive, then it could be just days before she's playing baseball. But if she has a short attention span and would rather laze around, then you may need a number of weeks. If you can perfect training, you’ll soon find yourself with a dog that’s the talk of the town. You’ll also have a fun and interactive way to both exercise and socialize your dog. Who knows, maybe she'll even be in the first national doggy baseball team!
Before you get to work, you’ll need to check that you have a few bits. Firstly, you’ll need a large yard or a local field to train in, as you don’t want to risk anything getting broken. You’ll also need friends or family members who can help play and train. Of course, a baseball, glove, and a bat will also be required. You may also want to use a helmet and other safety equipment.
Then you’ll need some incentives. This could be some tasty treats or it could be a toy for her to play with. Try and find around half an hour to train, several times a week. Keep training sessions short because she's just a puppy.
Apart from that, only patience and a positive attitude are needed!