Dogs just love to play. You own a dog, you already know that. Dogs are also very smart and even though we should know that, we often forget that one. Because they are so smart it’s a good idea to do more than just have them fetch or take them for a walk. Dogs get bore too. So, why not play some games with your dog. That’s right games. Your dog is smart enough and will love you for it.
Here are some favorites of my dog and I thought that I’d share them with you.
You need one milk carton that’s been washed out. It needs to have a handle on it. Then any length rope you want and a few small rocks. Tie your rope onto the handle of the milk carton and then put the small rocks in the carton. The next thing you do is take the end of the rope and make a loop in it for your hand to go through. Once you’ve done this take your dog outside and find a good place you can run and then hold the rope in one hand, start running and let the milk carton with rocks drag behind you. The noise will get the attention of your dog and before you know it he’ll be chasing you all over the yard.
Find the Treats Game
Hiding dog treats from your dog and then having them find them is a wonderful game that teaches them commands like “find” and “search” plus it’s a lot more rewarding fun for them to find their own treats.
Here’s How You Play:
- Make sure your dog is in a different room. Make sure to close the door.
- You don’t want your dog to see what you are doing.
- Hide different treats in 3 or 4 different spots in the house where you know your dog can easily reach it once he’s found it.
Your dog then can be let go and then tell him to find his treats. Just make sure that the treats aren’t really big because you don’t want to overfeed him. Because this is a game he’s going to want to play a lot. One because of the thrill of the hunt and two because he loves his treats.
Catch Me If You Can
This is a good game for teaching your dog to pay attention to where you are at all times. For fast dogs you can use a bike for slower dogs you can do it on foot.
What you do is wait until your dog is paying attention to something else and then get on your bike and ride off quickly and as quietly as possible. Then see if your dog realizes you’re gone and comes running after you. If they do come and catch up to you make sure to praise them and give them a reward for catching you. With the slower dog just do it by either running away or walking away quickly.
Hide and Seek
My little dog just loves this little game. He just gets a kick out of it if you just hide under a blanket. But you can do it any way you like. You first need to make sure your dog is in another room and while they are you need to find a place to hide. It could be behind a curtain, behind the couch, under a blanket or under a pile of pillows, whatever. Once you are hidden call for your dog and have him find you. Your dogs will love this game.
Scented String Looper That Bounces
Fun little homemade toy you can play tug of war with or your dog will just love playing with it by himself because it has your scent on it.
Just take an old sock and fill it up with tissues and a couple of tennis balls. Then attache an old shirt of yours to the sock and you have not only a sock ball but a tug of war toy that comes complete with your scent that your dog will just go crazy over. This is a fun game to play with your dog and it’s a fun and easy toy to make. Only takes a few minutes to give your dog hours of enjoyment either playing with you or taking it and playing with it by himself.
Just remember, games and toys are a wonderful way for you to get to know your dog better and besides it’s fun. Admit it.