Got Golden Game? Basketball With Your Dog

I enjoy watching the big kids play basketball in the park. It fascinates me how they throw the big ball in the air to catch it. One time, I stepped on the court but they informed me no dogs are allowed as they don’t know how to play basketball.

I’m proving them wrong … so one early morning at the park., mom taught me the game of basketball. In the process while mom explained to me the game, she realized that the hoop was a bit too high for me. She used her creative mind to modify the game by using the free throw line as the imaginary hoop.

Sugar's mini Basketball: Sugar The Golden Retriever

The main objective was for me to catch the ball, bring it to the other court and drop it on the free throw line. To make it dog appropriate, I was using a mini soft basketball.
If you wish to try this game, make sure your dog knows how to sit and stay. It will be very helpful too for your dog to know/love to retrieve a toy. Remember, to make it a FUN Play with your dog.

Sugar Got Game! Plays Basketball from Golden Woofs on Vimeo.

What do you think…Got Game?

Got Golden Game! Sugar The Golden Retriever

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  1. Sugar, you do got game! Well done. That mini basketball is cool. My dad tries to get me to play with a real basketball. I mean, I’ve got a big mouth, but not that big!

  2. Great job Sugar! Our friend Garth knows how to play basketball too. Pretty cool :)

  3. Nice pics and nice idea for a game Sugar. You & your mum are full of good suggestions to stay active

  4. Pretty awesome Sugar! I love basketball but haven’t brought Kayo for the same reasons you weren’t at first welcome. ;0(

    But now we’re going to go on a mission to prove people wrong. Kayo would be an awesome basketball player like you! One day the two of you will have to get together and shoot some hoops!

  5. Well done, sugar. Our games mostly involve racing around.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  6. Hey Sugar!! WooHoo you are one talented Golden. Before long the scouts at the NBA will be knocking at your door.
    Hugs Madi your BFFF

  7. Frankie and Ernie says:

    Your mom is so VERY creative. THAT looks like a lot of fun.

  8. MadSnapper says:

    i saw a great movie about a golden that played basket ball and saved the day. can’t for the life of me remember the name of it right ow…

  9. Looks like a super fun game!! We’ll have to give it a try as well.
    ~Rebecca & Teach

  10. Your Mom needs to get you one of those dog sized basketball hoops and teach you to drop the ball in it :)

  11. Good job Sugar. You can play basketball!

  12. HAH! You sure showed those kids. I hope you go back and show off your game to them.

  13. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Mom was teaching Lily to pit the ball in the basket? Good job Sugar
    Benny & Lily

  14. Sugar!!!! OMD! I love the photo of you with the ball in your mouth and your eyes closed. BOL You definitely have Golden Game, girl. And what fun your mom made a new game for you to play. (Unfortunately, the video won’t load for me so I couldn’t watch it.)
    Have a Golden Super-Duper weekend with your mom and dad! Give them big *Cairn cuddles* for me.

  15. You totally “got game” Sugar!!!!

  16. LOL Love it Sugar! You should go pro!

  17. Now that’s wonderful! Maybe you could get one of those toddler sized basket for her to dunk.

  18. We couldn’t get the video to work but we loved seeing your photos! You are the cutest basketball player ever!

  19. Nice game you got there Sugar! I was thinking you would have a big ball, but that one is perfect for your needs!

  20. What a pretty girl you are, Sugar! And yes, you got game! :)

  21. Fun! Sometimes I play soccer with the dogs at the kennel where I volunteer when we go out in the field.

  22. OMG we’re loving the pics, too cute,. I never thought of basketball as a dog sport, but you pull it off with style :)

  23. You are so clever Sugar! My game is soccer I always want to join the guys playing in the park on Sundays. Did you see I learned to slide? Love Dolly

  24. Sugar – Always LOVE your posts and pictures. So Basketball was my game for nearly 15 years!! Love it – You Got Game!

  25. I wish I could train Gretel to bring her stuffy nut back to us to throw again but I have no idea how to start. I tried but how do you communicate to your dog that they need to pick something up in their mouth? If I could get that down I think I could teach her to bring it to me be first putting it in my hand and then increasing the distance.

  26. Your Golden Game is super duper!

  27. Sugar, you are such an athlete. And, your mom is so clever and creative. You are Golden lucky.

  28. I think you’re ready for the All Stars Sugar!!

  29. Very smooth Sugar!

  30. What a great game! Lee and Phod

  31. That’s awesome! Love your game and the video and pics too! We’d love to try basketball… need to get a mini ball like yours!
    Your pals,
    Diane and Rocco

  32. We’ll play too, Sugar. But we aren’t too good at retrieving. We can catch pretty well, though.

    You sure can run fast for a senior:)

    Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  33. You definitely got Golden game, Sugar! :)

  34. Looks like you and your Mom had a great time, Sugar!

  35. Oh Sugar, you certainly do gots GAME!!!! Wowsa!! I likes your moves fursure!
    And, I likes your ‘kicks’!! BOL
    Ruby ♥

  36. AWESOME!