Dogs playing pool is a thing now

What can’t dogs do these days?

No seriously, what can’t they do? They can play cards, pull sleds, open the fridge and grab you a beer, even skateboard. 

Now all those skills are pretty unbelievable, but this one really blows all the others out of the park.  Dogs can even play pool now!

Don’t believe me, well check out the quick video of dogs playing on brunswick pool tables below and tell me what you think. 

Pretty amazing right?! I mean how do they even understand how to do this.  Well here is a 5 step guide to teaching your dog to play pool. 

Step #1 – Train him to recognize the different types of balls. 

Place a solid and a stripe in front of your dog and say “solid” if he sniffs the solid ball, give him a treat. If he doesn’t tell him no.  Do this consistently until your dog understand which is which. 

Step #2 – Train him to stand up to the pool table

Get your furry friend to rest his paws on the edge of the pool table with his head over the bannister.  First off, he needs to be big enough to actually do this so if you have a tiiny pooch you are wasting your time.  A newfie will be able to do this no problem.  Reward your precious pet when he goes up onto the pool table. 

Step #3 – Get him to push the ball with his nose

This can be difficult to do and some dogs will pick this up quicker than others. Put a treat on the other side of the ball and wait until your dog pushes the ball across the table. Then reward him. 

Step #4 – Teach your dog the rules

Pool is a difficult game for dogs to comprehend but it can be done. Once he knows the stripes and solids, then you need to show him that getting it in the pocket will get him a treat.  When he touches the ball with his nose, take it with your hand and put it in the pocket. Then reward him.  After a while he will enentually push it into the pocket himself. 

Step #5 – Play the game

If you don’t have a pool partner, get your dog to play the game with you! 

There you have it, how to train your dog to play pool. If you are looking for a pool table I would highly recommend Sanders Recreation and Fitness They have amazing products and a huge selection of pool tables.