Trainer reveals the secret to having more fun with your dog on walks — and we can't wait to try it out!

A bull terrier dog jumps over a wooden obstacle lying on the grass
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Parkour has been around for almost three decades now, but its roots go back centuries. It involves all sorts of different movements, all with the aim of getting you from one point to another in the fastest, most efficient way possible. 

And you can even get your dog involved, too, for their own canine version of the activity. It can help build their confidence and their trust in you, and it’s easy to do when you’re outside together — all you’ll need are some of the best dog treats!

In a recent Instagram post, certified dog trainer Melissa Goodman of Mission Pawsitive has explained why parkour can be so beneficial, and how to get started. It's one of our favorite tips to help keep dog walks fun!

“If you want to build your dog’s confidence and strengthen their trust in you,” Goodman begins, “Parkour is a great way to do that, and you don’t need any fancy equipment. You use what is around you, plus some yummy treats to guide your dog.”

In the video, she gets her dog to walk on large logs, and jump over and put her paws on things that they pass on their journey. Nothing overly strenuous is involved, but it adds an element of excitement and enrichment to proceedings — it’s actually one of our 10 great brain games for dogs, too!

As Goodman sums parkour up, “It’s fun, makes your outings more interactive and enriching, plus teaches your dog that they can trust your guidance and you will keep them safe.”

If your dog enjoys agility, they may enjoy parkour, too — both activities share a lot in common. The main thing to consider when trying parkour with your pup is safety. It’s a great way for your dog to have fun, and for you to strengthen your bond with each other, so it’s important that your dog is physically safe and mentally comfortable. 

Keep in mind your dog’s abilities, particularly when they’re new to parkour, and don’t push them too much – after all, you can keep enjoying parkour for a long time. Why rush things? 

If you’d like to try parkour and other activities that provide your pooch with that all-important physical and mental stimulation while you’re on your walks, you might find this article insightful: My dog doesn't like long walks so I use these four brain games to tire her out

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We gave these to our tester Isaiah for his dog Hayes to try. He reports back that they're his new favorite treat and are a suitable size for training. "He could and would eat the whole bag if allowed!"

Adam England
Freelance Writer

Adam is a freelance journalist covering lifestyle, health, culture, and pets, and he has five years' experience in journalism. He's also spent the last few years studying towards undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in journalism. While a cat person at heart, he's often visiting his parents' Golden Retriever, and when he's not writing about everything pets he's probably drinking coffee, visiting a cat cafe, or listening to live music.