Are you struggling with a hyper dog cooped up this winter? We know this can be hard for you and your dog.
Luckily, there are things you can do to exercise, wear out and bond with your dog during the winter time.
Dog sports are a great option to exercise your dog. I use to do flyball with my last dog, Seiki, and it was a great to exercise him.
There are many sports that you can do even when the weather is bad and plenty of facilities and clubs that offer them.
I have heard many good things about Paws N Claws and they offer agility. They are located in Streetsboro
FurNBlur is located in the Cleveland area. S.W.A.T. (Speed With AttiTude) is a team in the Akron/Cleveland area.
You can contact: Denis Breno at Dkbreno@hotmail.com for more info. You will want to make sure they use reward-based dog training because as a Burton dog trainer I am not sure if they do or not. Punishment should never be used in training especially when teaching a dog sport.
3.) Rally and Scent Training (K9 Nose Work)
Chardon has an awesome facility with Carol Peter, a Burton dog trainer, who is a positive trainer that offers rally and scent training.
All About Dogs in Auburn Township also offers Rally.
I don’t know much about Barns and Noses, but they look very reward-based and are located in Kirtland.
Make sure you are dealing with a positive trainer. I did a bit of research as a Burton dog trainer and Spicy Lamb seems very positive for a herding.
This might be better when the weather is good but I am guessing there are things you can train and practice indoors.
5.) Dock Diving
I am sure there are indoor places that you can do this. I know there is an outdoor place in Mantua called Dukes Canine Dash N’ Splash.
The great thing about doing a sport is that you and your dog have bonding time. The learning never stops as there is always more to learn.
You will meet others dog owners that are into the same sports as you. As a result, you can practice together. You can even compete.
Clubs are generally less expensive than classes. I don’t know if Cleveland All Breed Kennel Club uses reward-based dog training but you can check it out if you have a pure breed.
Most clubs will allow you to observe.
Have fun this winter. You can find activities that you and your dog will enjoy doing together.
Johanna Teresi, Four Legged Scholars LLC, Burton Dog Trainer