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Games to Play With Dogs

Updated on September 25, 2015

Fun Things to do With Your Dog

Doggy Games

Finding a great game to play with your dog can be fun and entertaining. It's just a matter of choosing the right game.

The three most popular games that you can play with your dog include Frisbee, or Flying Disk, FlyBall, and Tug- of- War. But, that surely doesn't limit the fun games and activities that you and your dog can play.

If you and your dog get really good, you can enter him into Frisbee Tournaments or FlyBall Competitions. As for Tug- of- War, well, that's just a fun training/ play exercise for you and your dog; as far as I'm aware, there aren't any Tug competitions out, yet.

Wallace the Pit Bull

Flying Disk (AKA Frisbee)

Playing frisbee, or flying disk, with your dog can be a fun game that will definitely tire your pup out.

You can play just for fun or go competitive. There are different types of flying disk competitions that you can enroll your dog in.

There's the Toss and Fetch, also known as MiniDistance, Throw and Catch, and Distance/ Accuracy. In this competition, you have 60 seconds to throw as many frisbees as you can. The dog must catch the frisbees within a 50 meter area. The dogs get points for each catch based on the distance of the throw. They are awarded more points for mid- air catches. The catch is that you're only allowed to use one disk, so you must make sure that your dog is reliable at returning the flying disk.

The Freestyle Flying Disk competition is by far my favorite flying disk competition. The team (dog and handler pair) has between 1 minuted and 30 seconds to three minutes, depending on the competition rules and regulations, to perform incredible flips, catches, and vaults. Freestyle Frisbee is probably the more popular flying disk sport for dogs. It's highly competitive and very interesting to watch.

But, you don't have to get registered for an actual, official competition, you and your dog can just have fun on the weekends and evenings. This is a great way to rid your dog of all his energy. That's what Wallace's owner did, but now he is the Purina Flying Disk Champion.

Frisbee Dog


FlyBall is a fun sport for any dog to participate in. It's a great way to run out the extra energy in the high- powered, high- energy dogs. But, any dog of any breed can participate in a game of flyball.

I've seen Yorkies to Australian Shepherd to Labs to Golden Retrievers participate in the game.

The object of the game is to be the first dog back to the starting position.

The dogs must jump over various hurdles (usually 4), sized appropriately, until they get to the end where the flyball box (a spring loaded box that releases a tennis ball) is situated. At the box, the dog must jump to release the tennis ball. The dog grabs the ball and runs back to the starting position where the handler is waiting.

Once the dog returns the ball, it's now the next dog's turn. The first team to get all four dogs to pass the finish line without error, is deemed the winning team.

To include the 15 - foot flyball box, the entire stretch is about 51 feet with the hurdles about 10 feet apart from each other.

Flyball is a great sport to get any dog of any breed or mix involved in.

If you don't want to find a flyball group in your area, you can still play flyball with your dog, as an afternoon sport in the backyard or empty field.

Flyball - Crufts 2007 Final

Tug- Of- War

Okay, this game really isn't a competition dog sport, more just a fun game to tire out your dog. If played properly, you won't come short of any behavior problems.

This game is a great workout for you and the dog. I know when I play with my APBT pup, she definitely tires me out.

Anyway, tug- of- war is a good confidence builder for shy dogs. In this case, let the dog win every now and then to build confidence, but don't over do it. If the dog wins ALL the time, you can create and over confident dog.

In confident, alpha dogs, don't let the dog win. I remember growing up, always hearing you have to let the dog win. But, when the dog wins all the time, especially in an already confident dog, you can create a monster- a dog who thinks he's in charge because he beat you... Over and over and over again.

For the most part this is a fun game that you and your dog can play. Turn it into a training session where you use commands like sit, down, drop it, etc. Teach the dog a little patience by making him sit before allowed to grab the tug toy. Make him drop the rope, or tug toy, when you want to teach the dog that no matter what you're in charge and if you want it, you'll get it.

This is a fun training exercise where your dog doesn't realize he's practicing his behavior commands.

A lot of energy goes into playing tug with your dog, so be prepared for a fun game of tug- or- war.

Below, is a video of my and my APBT playing Tug- of- War. This was solely, a fun game to tire her out. As a puppy, she has a lot of energy.

Dog Tug- of- War


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      someone 6 years ago

      My yorkie loves to bite.... He loves to play but he barks in the morning when i leave.we tell him to stop but doesn`t stop.He chewed on the wall so can someone tell me how to maKE HIM SHUSH.SHUT UP PUPPY.

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      The Lifestream 7 years ago

      I have a cocker spainal mix (4 months) and it seems as if when ever he gets the chance to run off into our neighborhood he wil take it and it takes hours or more for me to find him,punish him, and put him in his crate. Why does he do this?

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      mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Whitney05, I enjoyed this hub a lot. I had never watched flyball competitions before viewing them here on your hub. I liked your tug of war video, too... ummm I think you lost that final match tho' - I hope your pooch didn't gloat over that lol it was a pretty close match!


      Thx for sharing.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      so she does bring it to you sometimes then? if so you can try to trade the ball for something to get her to release and then not give her the other thing, (trick her basically). then throw the ball. sometimes that will work. if you keep playing tugofwar, she's getting more enjoyment out of that and that's her reward for bringing it back not the run. if that makes sense. i'd not play tug of war, she may get bored and just drop the ball and then throw it again.

      It's kind of hard since she is bringing it back sometimes. it's t letting go that's the problem.

      I hope that I can help. That's what I'm here for. :-)

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      Leah Kay, The Pup 9 years ago from Anywhere-USA

      She loves to play balls, but seems she gets "bored" after a few minutes. I'm going to try and create a free zone; but it's kinda hard, since we live in a 5th wheel camper.

      She gets upset after a while with us, when we refuse to play the tug-a-war with the ball (we will ignore her if she won't drop the ball).

      She also use to chase her frisbee, but that seems to be "old" now to her. As she is learning to stay close to us while NOT on a leash, we want her to be able to run after things we throw-for excersice. And to bring it back to us.

      Whitney; Thanks for your energy and effort! I greatly appreciate it. I've actually learned a few things from your page(s) and have put some thoughts about what you write...


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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      You're going to have to start in a distraction free zone. Probably a hallway with all the doors closed, and slowly move her into more and more distractions as she becomes more and more reliable with bringing the ball back.

      Does she run after the ball at all?

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      Leah Kay, The Pup 9 years ago from Anywhere-USA

      How do I get Leah to bring the ball back? And sometimes she just not interested, she would rather go on a "sniffing" hunt or a "bug" hunt.

      How can I keep her interest in playing with the ball without distraction?


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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      If you're referencing playing fetch, there are ways to teach her that she needs to bring the ball to you and let go. It's just a series of training steps. If you're interested in learning how to do it.

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      Leah Kay, The Pup 9 years ago from Anywhere-USA

      Thanks! I've enjoyed reading your hubs-specaily on dogs. Leah Kay loves to play and run, and we will have to try some of these games with her.

      Sometimes she won't give the ball back to us and it becomes a tug-a-war with her....

      Anyways, check out her hub page and we will continue to come back to yours and read!

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      helenathegreat 9 years ago from Manhattan

      That is one happy Border Collie in the first video. I love when she jumps to rebound off of him and when she does back flips. Incredible!

      Great hub.

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      Stephanie Hicks 9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Love the dog hubs! The photos, videos, etc. really make it a keeper.

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      JerseyGirl 9 years ago from Jersey Shore

      I really enjoyed this! Thanks for sharing.