Dog Training: How to Incorporate Dog Training into Dog Play and Exercise!

Just like people, dogs need exercise. How much exercise depends on the dog’s breed and physical condition. Dogs bred to herd or hunt are strong breeds with great stamina requiring good, daily workouts. The more mentally alert and active your dog, the more exercise and/or playtime he’ll likely need.

Just because your dog is out exercising and having fun doesn’t mean that they don’t have to be obedient. While exercising your dog, you should use some of this time to practice your dog training.

A dog getting little or no exercise can become lazy and overweight and develop health problems; or fretful, stressed and unhappy, and resist training.

It can be dangerous to feed your dog before or after exercise. Don’t feed your dog for at least 4 hours before exercise and wait at least one hour after exercise for your dog to settle down before feeding.

Here are some important Dog training techniques that you can incorporate into this game are:

* make your dog sit and wait before you throw the ball. When he returns the ball to you, have him sit and set the ball in your hand when you ask for it.

* make your dog sit and stay while you walk away from him and then throw the ball. (This is a more advanced training trick.) Continue to make him stay after the ball has been thrown. He must wait until you say he can go. This is excellent because you’re practicing the sit and stay command while overriding his desire to chase the ball, which shows great control over your dog.

* At the end of play, you must take the ball and set it out of your dog’s reach. This tells him you are top dog because you control when you play ball.

* If you play chase with your dog, you can incorporate dog training at the end by relaxing your posture and demeanour and being visibly calm. When you are calm and relaxed, call your dog over, make him sit and give him a pat. This will let your dog know that playtime is over and that you are back in control.

. If weather keeps you indoors, make use of your dog’s favourite toys to have fun. Dogs that like tug-of-war, for instance, can perhaps have a favourite tug toy tied to a stable metal railing to tug when you are busy. Incorporate dog training here by giving your dog permission to start tug ging and when he is finished, you remove the tug toy and put it out of reach. This tells your dog the game is over and that you are top dog. A more advanced version is asking your dog to leave the tug toy while playing and then giving the command to begin tug ging. If you can do this you have excellent control over your dog. (Important Note: dominant dogs or those you’ve not bonded with well may turn and bite you in this situation, so be careful when doing this exercise.)

. Use common sense when weather conditions are extreme. If you don’t enjoy exertion when it’s brutally hot and humid, it’s a safe bet that your dog doesn’t either. Choose the coolest part of the day during hot weather and the warmest part of the day during cold weather, to avoid health complications.

. Tiring him out doesn’t require tiring yourself. Take your dog to an area where he can safely run free and hit a tennis ball to retrieve. Ball-launching toys are a great way to train your dog to fetch. This is the ultimate exercise for a dog who enjoys this type of play, and a great opportunity to practice your dog training techniques. Walking your dog to the park and hitting a tennis ball for him to chase is so good because you can practice walking on a loose lead beside you on the way, and then you can practice sit at each kerb before you cross the road. When at the park, make him sit and stay before you hit the ball and then make him sit before he gives you the ball back. Another reason this exercise and training routine is so effective is because you begin the exercise with a warm-up walk, and progress into more intensive exercise, with the dog sprinting out after the ball and then jogging back. This can be repeated many times. Once finished, there is a warm-down walk back to your home. Be alert for signs of tiredness or exhaustion when doing this exercise, such as when the dog pants, the tongue hangs down further than usual and the rib cage moves more rapidly.

Exercising is a marvellous way to bond with your dog. A happy dog is one that is regularly exercised and has basic obedience training. And a dog that is well-exercised will invariably be better behaved. And that makes for a happy dog and a happy owner!


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