Thursday, September 26, 2013

Indoor Dog Parkour Class

Here in Ohio the days are starting to get shorter, the weather is getting colder, and soon enough there will be snow. (Or worse yet, ICE. This is central Ohio after all.) But this doesn't mean we will stop having fun with Dog Parkour. (If you don't know what dog parkour is, see this blog post). Outdoor class will still continue, for those brave (or foolish) enough to deal with the weather and lack of sunlight, but we will also be offering indoor class.

At first class Indoor Dog Parkour class looks like a combination of tricks, agility, fun, and a bit of silliness. This isn't far from the truth. In our indoor class we still work on moving through the environment, but instead of walls, benches, logs or rocks we have chairs, boxes and toys. The dogs learn about objects that move, items that make noise, climbing, going through and under objects, jumping and balancing. Because this class is inside the distractions are less, so it is more suitable for a less experienced dog, yet still challenging for even an agility champion. And we have fun. Lots of fun. After all what good is training your dog if it isn't fun?

If you want to see what kind of activities we do at class watch this video!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Go Play Outside!

Go Play Outside!

Outdoor activity has numerous positive benefits! A 2010 study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that the:

positive impact of being outdoors and around natural elements on subjective vitality, above and beyond the effects of physical activities or social interactions that can take place in natural settings. This is potentially important because subjective vitality has been implicated as an important component of wellbeing and even physical health.

Long story short, simply going outside is good for you! Dogs love being outside too, so take them with you in your outdoor adventures.  Long gone are the days when taking the dog outside was limited just to the walk around the block.

Try some of these fun outdoor activities you can enjoy with your dog:

Local: Stay close to home!
-walk dog
-dog park
-read a book while working on mat behaviors

Movement: Exercise for both you and your dog

Training: Teach new skills, work on old skills or get ready to compete
-basic training

Water: Although your car might smell like a wet dog you and your dog will still have a blast.
-dock dogs’

Winter: Don’t let the cold and snow keep you from going outside.

For the adventurous/crazy: Yes, we are serious. People really do these activities with their dogs.
-scuba diving

Something new! Don’t limit yourself just by our list. What other fun things do you like to do outside with your dog?

While researching for this article we found this boring (to most!) science journal article, and this really awesome video.  Just in case you didn't believe us Sisely the parachuting, skydiving, jet skiing dog: