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Friday, April 20, 2012

Weekly Wag #17:
Competitive Fun With Fido

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
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Tanner Relaxes on His Float
Tanner has enjoyed his new Unbreakoball sooooo much! This week's adventure takes on a whole new approach to ball games. 

Team Soccer-- You vs. Fido: No treats inside the ball means the game itself is now its own motivation. Make it even more fun by engaging with your dog in the game. Compete with your Fido in that soccer game, using only your feet. Tanner and I enjoyed this immensely. His mouth is clearly more talented than my feet.

Oliver watched with interest from a corner of the house, but was not quite ready to get into the mix. I can't blame him; the Unbreakoball is almost as large as he is! Indoors I made sure to give him his own time with me, playing a silly game that he loves as only a Toy breed would. I'll save that for another day.

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Xena Loved the Float Too
Fetch the Sinker: After a soccer game with Tanner in which he was the winner (my bad!) we created a new game that gave each of us an edge. In our pool, Tanner enjoys a foam float. I placed the ball on the float and watched him pick it up, nose it around....until ooops! It went over the edge and plummeted to the bottom of the pool. 

Now it was my chance to dive to the bottom, fetching the ball and returning it to the float. After following me, could he get back on the float without losing the ball again? That was his new challenge. We played several rounds. He gained some degree of skill, quickly figuring out that he must mount the float from the opposite end or *very carefully*, so as not to dump the ball again. It was fun to watch his mind at work trying to solve this problem. Such fun!

Weekly Wag ButtonTanner slept like a rock that night. I do wish I had a photographer around to capture our games, but all I can do today is supply representative photographs. Nevertheless, I'm sure you get the idea. Please report on your own game success, and share the new skills that your pup learns as he figures out ways to beat you. Happy wagging!

PS--Don't forget to enter the giveaway by Unbreakoball. It closes Thursday night at midnight, so get your entries in pronto! Good luck :) provided a ball for Tanner to test, and for us to devise these games for the Weekly Wag. We were not paid to give these ideas or our input on the product. There is no purchase required to enter the giveaway at the link above.
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kingslandkennels said...

Nice blog!

Gary Maglipay said...

Wow! I got envy to that dogs.. It's really hot these days. I really want to go swimming, but i can't coz' of the works.

FANCY the Red Standard Poodle said...

Hi Y'all,

Just hopped by to say "hi" and see how y'all are doing.

Why do they always say "the life of Riley"? Looks to me like a "dog's life"!

Hope y'all are having a great weekend!

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Anonymous said...

Hey Tanner, Jet here. Hi Miss Carrie,

Dude, you look like you're having a cool time in the pool.

Mom asked me to share a thank you for the float idea. We're not sure if JJ likes to swim yet, so, that may be a good idea for summer.

evie said...

love the picture of tanner, he is so cute! i just want to kiss him....what a personality!

Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

@Evie: Tanner just sent you a virtual kiss :)

Rumpydog said...

I GOTTA get one of those balls!

M. Leigh said...

Those dogs look like they have it MADE! Am super jealous of them. :D My golden used to do the same thing when we had a pool in our back yard. Would swim around and around for hours before finally getting up on a floating thing and just laying there as she moved around the pool.

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