Great Water Games for Your Dog
If your dog loves water, they aren't alone. Even though dogs may avoid baths, most love water on their own terms. They love swimming in, splashing in it, and running through a sprinkler. Water games are a great way to indulge their love of water safely and give them plenty of exercise. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite water games you can share with your canine. And don’t forget, a waterproof dog collar from Pupups will keep them looking stylish while they play!
If playing fetch is also on your dog’s list of favorites, try combining it with their love of water. Start slowly by tossing a floating toy or tennis ball into shallow water and let them bring it back. Don't move into deeper water until you're confident of their swimming ability, and be sure you're aware of currents if you're in moving water. You can add depth and distance as they progress, but never venture into a strong current that will needlessly tire them out or even sweep them away.
Water Training Games
If you're training your dog the basic commands of sit, stay, come, etc., working on them at water's edge adds an element of fun to your training sessions. First, the water will be somewhat of a distraction that you can use to help overcome their tendency to lose focus in new situations. Second, it makes training more fun. Finally, letting them splash around in the water after training is over is a great reward. Start with simple commands such as sit and stay at the water's edge. Wade into the water and call your dog or use the "come" command. Reward your dog with generous praise as he moves deeper into the water to respond to your commands.
A flirt pole is a stick with a long rope or string that attaches to a toy. If you’re on the beach with your dog, you can play a form of “keep away” with your dog to let them run and splash through the waves while trying to capture the rapidly moving toy waved above them. Let them catch it occasionally, but not every time, in order to hold their interest.
If you can't get to a body of water, break out a rotating sprinkler and start a game of tag with your pup. Encourage them to chase you as you weave back and forth through the water. You'll soon notice whether they're trying to avoid the water or get more of it. Adjust accordingly and get wet yourself so you can both cool off on a hot day.
Kayaking or Paddleboarding
If you love kayaking or paddleboarding, you may be able to train your dog to spend time watching the world go by while you paddle. If you pursue some paddling with your dog, make sure they have a properly fitted life vest just in case they decide to dive into the water suddenly. You’ll find some great tips for introducing your dog to the water here.
If your dog is already a water wonder, consider introducing them to dock diving. This is a sport where dogs are trained to jump in the water after a lure. They are judged by how far they can jump before hitting the water. There are dock diving contests around the country with sometimes substantial prizes, but your dog will need discipline and training to participate. In an upcoming blog post, we'll "dive into" (we couldn't resist!) dock diving in more detail.
No matter what water fun you engage in with your best friend, keep their collar on so they’ll be safe in case they wander off. At Pupups, our waterproof collars and leashes make it easy to indulge in water activities in style without ruining their leash or collar.
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