Three brain games to play with your canine
There are some days when poor weather makes it impossible to spend time outside with your pup. In these cases, brain games are an excellent tool for keeping your canine mentally engaged! Not only that, brain games are a big way to lower stress and ward off mental decline in your dog while serving to build a secure connection. Here are a few pleasurable ideas
It’s a treasure hunt.
Ideal for canines with a high retrieve and search instinct, you can play this game in the yard or house.
Begin by collecting and then hiding various dog toys around the home or garden. Place a high-value treat (e.g., a piece of cheese) next to it.
Once setup is complete, take the high-value treat and allow your canine to smell the treat. Next, encourage him to explore by throwing the delight in the first toy area and firmly saying the word “seek.” When he discovers the play toy, give recognition.
Repeat this with several playthings. The more you restate, the more he’ll learn what he needs to do and will eventually scent out the toys based on your “seek” command only.
Name that toy!
Offer one toy and invite Fido to pick it up. Identify the toy and calling it by its term. “Ball,” as an illustration.
Repeat the label each time he leaves to that object.
Eventually, throw some other playthings into the same direction and repeat the word “ball.” Each time he takes up the correct toy, complement him.
Identify his remaining toys in the like manner. Finally, he’ll be able to fetch the right toy on request!
Water bobbing retrieval
This game is perfect for canine who loves water and is ideal for chilly days when swimming is not an option. It’s also a perfect way to calm him down on a sweltering afternoon!
Head over to the bathtub with Fido and several of his favored sinkable toys. Lob the first one into the water and invite him to step in. Be sure you have a flexible mat at the bathtub base so that he doesn’t slide. If he seems reluctant, this exercise might not be to his liking.
After he gets the hang of it, toss in other playthings or sinkable treats – think of it like apple bobbing for canines.
This playtime is best played after “name that toy” and can double as bath time for dirty canines!
Brain games are an excellent tool for intensifying the relationship between pet owners and their dogs. They foster creative thinking and are a brilliant resource for bored, stressed, or house-bound canines.