Take your dog to a large open area or backyard and have them follow you around as you deliver commands: SIT, DOWN, STAY, COME, etc. Give lots of praise when your dog completes the correct action. You can then move on to more advanced commands, teaching your do to BACK UP, JUMP over something, CIRCLE around, etc.
Try setting up a tube (such as an agility tunnel, available at most pet retailers) for your dog to run through, a pause table, a ladder, weaving sticks, poles to jump over, etc. Start with your dog on a lead, and walk them through the course in the order you want them to complete the obstacles. Give them lots of praise when they get it right, and recruit friends, family and neighbours to serve as judges-or to bring their own dogs to compete!
If you have access to a body of water that your dog is allowed to play in, take a couple of balls or toys that will float to the water’s edge and throw them in for your dog to swim after! If your dog hasn’t had much experience in the water, start by tossing the object just at the edge. Make sure to first teach them where they can safely exit the water.
In addition to being great exercise for you and your dog, walking is an activity almost anyone can participate in and a great way to get to know your neighbours! Organise a walking group for a neighbourhood or apartment building. Pick different destinations, or up the intensity by choosing portions to pick up the pace.
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