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    Creating a Dog-Friendly Backyard

    Help your dog exercise and learn new skills with simple tips for backyard fun.

    You can create a dog exercise course in your backyard using common, everyday items from around the house. Your dog can learn new skills and get exercise while receiving the attention he craves. It's a win-win! Get started today by planning how you’ll play with your pet in the backyard. 

    Throwing a Flying Disc or Ball   

    One of the easiest, most inexpensive games you can play with your dog is fetch with a flying disc or ball. Dollar General sells a wide variety of toys that your dog will love to run and catch. 

    Weaving Poles or Cones   

    You may have seen this on TV, when dogs weave through a long set of poles or cones. You can easily set up this activity in your backyard to work on training your pet. Purchase a few floor cones from a janitorial service supplier, and you're set. Use treats to coax your dog through the course and be sure to follow up with lots of praise each time he maneuvers through the cones successfully. 

    Setting Up Jumps   

    If you really want to increase your dog's agility, practice jumps. Start by using common items from around the house like a hoop or a broom handle. Have a helper hold the hoop to the side while you work with the dog on stepping through the hoop. Gradually raise the hoop so the dog has to step higher each time. Eventually he'll hop through the hoop — and hopefully jump! Or practice by balancing a broom handle on two bricks. As the dog gets used to the low height, increase the elevation by using larger cement blocks. 

    The key is to have fun and enjoy some bonding time with your dog; don’t try to make him a perfect athlete. As long as he's wagging his tail and you're smiling, you're off to a great start! 

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