We know that you love to play with your dog. The most loved game among dog owners is fetch and play. It is the best opportunity for you to have fun with some exercise as a side advantage.
But if you are looking for some new options to try with your dog that will keep them active and occupied, go for some brain games. It will be great fun. Here are some ideas:
- Treasure Hunt
Letting your dog try his nose will be great fun. Keep the level easy in the beginning so that your dog won’t get discouraged. And as your dog gets trained, increase the difficulty level.
Put your dog in a sit-stay and hide his favorite toy at some obvious place. You may let your dog watch you doing it. Give him a signal to find it. Reward your dog every time he gets successful.
As your dog develops interest in the game, hide it in another room or in his food dish. You may increase the number of items to find as days pass. Your dog will enjoy this treasure hunt.
- Hide and Seek
We have tried this game as kids, now it’s time to recreate the fun with your dog.
Excite the fun of treasure hunt by being the treasure yourself. You’ll need someone’s assistance to play this game. One person will distract the dog and give him stay and release cues. The other person will hide meanwhile. You can enjoy this game both indoors and outdoors.
- The “New Trick” Game
This game is quick to learn for dogs that undergo clicker training. But even if your dog isn’t one of them, don’t panic. Keep the game simple until your dog learns the deal and make it hard gradually.
Here’s how you play it:
You say “new trick” and your dog sits. Give him a treat.
Say again “new trick” and your dog stands maybe. Give him a treat.
“New trick” and your dog rub his nose. Give him a treat and so on.
Repeat the game and give a reward to your dog every time he does something new. If your dog repeats behaviour, don’t reward him. Tell him to do something else.
This game is great fun and your playing sessions may last 30 – 40 minutes.
- Hot and Cold
Another clicker training exercise, this behaviour shaping game is awesome. If your dog has a strong brain and he doesn’t get frustrated fast, then this game is perfect for you.
All you need to do is to sit on a couch and make your dog do things you want it to do. Be it anything like opening a door knob, picking keys from the floor or fetching the blanket from the room. Grab your bag of treats and shout HOT when your dog is closer to your target object and throw a treat. When your dog moves away from your target object, quietly say cold and reserve the treat.
- Jumping Rope
This game will improve your dog’s eye and body coordination. You need to train your dog on concentrating the pace of the rope, a target object and jumping of course. Train your dog on how to concentrate on a target. Once learned, use a rope. Every time the rope touches the ground, cue your dog to jump. This game demands a lot of physical and mental effort on your part as well as your dog’s. But once trained, you’ll both have a great time.
These were 5 amazing games for your dog. Try them and share your experience with us.