Have you ever thought of playing agility games with your large breed dog? They can be fun for both of you! Playing these games will allow him to use some energy, both physical and mental. Agility games rely more on the senses and the mind. You might notice he is a bit more tired, that is him using his mental energy! Here are a few agility games for large breeds dogs you can try at home.
Fun Agility Games for Large Breed Dogs
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Doggy Limbo: See how low your doggy can go! Fido may need some practice (have the camera ready to snap some comical shots!) It is just 3 PVC pipes and a couple dowels or pegs to hold the horizontal pipe. Move it up and down to see how low he can get. Be sure to start off with the pipes up high, so he can get the hang of it. You want him to enjoy this, not be afraid of it!
Tunnel Fun: You might even get in yourself! Well, you might actually have to crawl in so your dog knows he has to go through and not try and turn around mid-tunnel and possibly get stuck. Which, to be honest, makes me laugh at the visual. You may already have one of these tunnels for your kids (or not, not everyone has human kids). Either way, you can purchase those collapsible tunnels and teach him how he needs to run through it. Time him and see how fast he can go!
Frisbee: Using a frisbee is fun and can be even more fun with your dog. Toss it in the air and see how high your dog can jump up to get it after chasing it down the yard. I remember going to the local beach when I was a kid and always thought it was so cool seeing people play frisbee with their dogs. You do have to practice this if he doesn’t do very well bringing things back to you, master that aspect of fetch first. Or this game will be no fun.
Soccer: It doesn’t have to be a soccer ball, but something of the same size. He can’t put the ball in his mouth; instead he has to push it around with his nose and paws. You can even make this a bit more challenging by having him push the ball around while weaving in and out of weave poles! Which, unless you are creative, you can just use orange traffic cones.
There are many agility games you can play with your dog; these are just a few that I thought would be fun. Agility is about him using his mind just as much as his body. Your pooch will be well worn out after a good agility session and ready to cuddle on the couch with you (if you are one of us that let’s our four legged friends on the furniture).
What sort of agility games have you played with your large breed dog? Is this all new to you? Share your games and experience with us below in the comments!