National Fetch day is right around the corner. It is celebrated on the 3rd Saturday of October every year. Playing fetch with your canine companion provides benefits for both you and your dog. You can play fetch in your yard or local park. If going to a park make sure your dog has a solid recall and you are following local leash laws.
Fetching can improve your dog’s balance and coordination. It strengthens their muscles while providing mental enrichment. This activity provides exercise for both you and your canine companion. It helps create a bond between you and your furry family member.
This activity will tire them out. It can help prevent destructive behaviors with your dog I have found that if I play fetch with Zelda Sayre for a short time she is more focused on training. However, she is a high energy herding breed.
You can incorporate basic commands while playing fetch too. Such as sit, wait, drop it, and/or leave it. Short bursts of fetch which are five minutes or less will keep your dog engaged.
You can play fetch with any kind of ball. Kong balls, jolly balls, and even tennis balls. We even play fetch with frisbees and other toys. Just make sure the ball is large enough that it cannot get lodged in your dog’s throat.
Playing fetch is a fun and exciting way to spend quality time with your furry family members. It may take time to learn the perfect fetch game but in the end it will be worth it.
Have a Barktastic week. Remember to give your furry family members lots of attention you are their entire world. ~Charley