Thursday, January 8, 2009

Indoor Games Anyone..... Have fun!

Playing games with your pet is a fun and inexpensive way to bond with your furry friend. Games don't have to be super involved, just something to keep you both occupied when you can't get outside for some exercise. Hopefully these suggestions will give you a good laugh and leave your pup happily BRAIN exhausted.

Simon Says – Who says obedience training needs to be a chore? Teaching your dog to sit, stay, down, drop, and come are engaging activities for your dog. Challenge him even further by turning your back while you give your commands.

Treasure Hunt –

Have your dog stay in a "down" position while you place a treat a few feet away within sight. Return and release him. Next time, try putting the treat further away until you are hiding treats in different parts of your home. If he gets stuck, give him hints by guiding him in the right direction and praising when he gets close. If all else fails, at least he'll be preoccupied sniffing around for those treats!

Hide and Seek –

Start with having your dog sit and stay. Stand a few feet away while you call her. Next time move farther and farther away until you are hiding behind doors and chairs. This may be challenging, especially if she isn't trained to stay! Dogs of all ages love to play, and what better way to spend quality time with your dog than by playing games? Although most dogs don’t mind venturing out into the rain or snow, dog owners would usually rather stay indoors when the weather isn’t suitable for outdoor play. There are a number of fun indoor games you can play with your dog, and more than likely you’ll have just as much fun with your dog while playing the following indoor games.

Find the Treat

It’s common knowledge that dogs love treats, but did you know that dogs searching for them? This game is highly enjoyable for dogs because tasty treats are the prize. You’ll find out how keen your dog’s sense of smell is when he sniffs out treats you hide for him to find.

Teach your dog to search for treats by showing him a treat and placing it beneath a piece of furniture, a rug, or any other accessible hiding place. Let your dog see where you’ve put the first treat, and encourage him to get it. Hide the next treat without showing him where you’ve put it, and enthusiastically tell him to find the treat. It may take him awhile to catch on, but in time, he’ll learn your hiding places and he’ll enjoy seeking out his tasty rewards.

Softball Fetch

Dogs require exercise all year long, and indoor activities can be just as beneficial as outdoor activities. Dogs and their owners usually play fetch outdoors, but a game of indoor fetch can be just as fun. Instead of using hard tennis balls, consider buying softer rubber (for the little guys use a practice golf ball) balls made especially for dogs. They’re a safer alternative to tennis balls since they aren’t as rigid, and they don’t have fabric covers that present a choking hazard.

Hide and Seek

A regular game of hide and seek can be one of the most enjoyable indoor activities you can play with your dog. Begin a game of hide and seek by hiding around a corner, and playfully jump out at your dog when he investigates what you’re doing. Gain the assistance of a family member, and have someone hold the dog’s collar while you hide somewhere else. Before the dog enters the room, call his name, and wait for him to begin looking for you. This fun and exciting activity will definitely become a favorite indoor game that you and your dog will look forward to playing anytime of the year.

1. Chop up some of your dogs favorite foods and scatter small chunks of them around while the dog is in another room. Once they have been well hidden open the door and give the command 'FIND IT' . The dog will instantly smell the treats and put his/her nose to the ground when they do find a treat use the word find it again and then praise do this until all the treats have been scoffed. Its great stimulation and fun for the dog plus you will have taught the dog a new command for obedience 

2. Cups. Take roughly 3-4 old plastic cups and some chopped up treats in your pocket. Begin by placing the cups face down and placing a treat under one of the cups making sure that your dog knows where it is going then ask your dog to Find it, wait until your dog has given you a sign that it knows which cup it is in either by Pawing it Sitting next to it Lying by it even barking then lift the cup and let the dog have the treat once your dog understands what is needed of him/her you can make it harder by changing the position of the cups before you ask them to find it or pretending to place it under all of the cups etc.

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