Dogs need a lot of entertainment and it can get tiresome even for the most loyal owners. The good news is there are plenty of ways to have fun with your dog if you’re a bit fed up of the same routine.
Here are three games that will help to increase your dog’s agility, give them a mental workout and help to strengthen the bond between you.
Agility Fun with Your Dog
This is an easy game to play together and it’s a great way to help train your dog a new skill. All you need to do is find some old blankets or towels, clear some space in the garden (or a room in your home) and place a few on the floor. Walk your dog around the course you’ve made until he gets used to it and understands he is to go over the towel bundles. Once he has grasped the idea ask him to wait at one end of the room until you call him from the other.
Once he has the hang of it you can make the hurdles higher and change the layout, you can also treat him to a dog agility set. This is a great game to play with the kids too!
Hide and Seek
Help your dog enjoy the garden (and perhaps try to discourage him from digging in your newly planted boarders) by hiding toys or treats around the garden. Place the goodies in areas where you’re happy for the dog to go but don’t make it too easy, let him put his nose to good use. This is a great game to play when you fancy sitting outside with a cup of tea to enjoy the sunshine while entertaining the dog at the same time.
Teach your dog to help you round the home with a game of basketball. Okay, it might not be too easy for everyone but with practice and positive rewards your dog will learn this trick. Grab a laundry basket or a wastepaper bin and make sure it’s empty. Get your dog’s attention and drop the ball in the basket while saying the word ‘drop’. Repeat a few times making sure your dog is watching intently and then give it to your dog to try. Ask him to drop the ball in the basket and each time he drops it offer him a reward or some fuss. Focus on emphasising the command word ‘drop’ and keep showing your dog what you want him to do if he is struggling.
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