Tired of playing fetch the stick with your dog? In this blog you will find new ideas for games with your dog.
Play hide and seek
Wait until your dog is distracted by a treat, another person, or a ball. Then hide in a closet or behind a large piece of furniture. If your dog doesn't come to you right away, call him and give him a treat when he finds you.
This game is also useful when you can't get your dog to come back to you at the dog park.
Set up an obstacle course
There are countless ways to train your dog with an obstacle course. You can put tape or thin rope across a door to practice jumping, or poles for him to walk under.
The shell game
For the shell game you need some treats and two cups. Show your dog the treat and let him watch as you place it under one of the two cups. Swap the bowls once or twice and ask your dog to find the treat. Most dogs will knock over the cup that contains the treat. Once your dog has learned the game, you can make it more difficult. For example, you can add a third cup, use a treat that doesn't smell as strong, or spend more time moving the cups.
tug of war
Tug of war is another fun game and can be a great indoor exercise for your dog. However, keep in mind that tug-of-war can induce excessive competition in your dog and lead to aggressive behavior in some breeds. Use a larger or longer toy for this. While your dog holds the toy in its mouth, grab the other end and give it a gentle tug. Depending on the breed of dog, you can also grab a little tighter. Remember to lighten the mood if your dog is too engrossed in the game.
Keep Away is a game that you can easily play at home if you have some space. You need someone to play with you and your dog. Just grab any small object that you can easily pick up, throw it to each other, and let your dog run after the toy. If you can't find another person to play with, grab a bouncy ball and throw it against a wall to make it bounce back to you while the dog stands between you and the wall.
The game "Which hand" is an excellent memory training for dogs. Pick up a treat, clench your fists, and show your dog both hands. Have the dog decide which hand has the treat by sniffing its fists. When the dog chooses the right hand, reward it with the treat. If he didn't make it, just try again.