Apr 05 , 2020
Looking for a fun way to keep your dog entertained and out of trouble? Try adding a few games into to your dog’s routine. Here’s 10 fun games to play with your dog, published in https://www.puppyleaks.com/
1. Use a Flirt Pole
Using a flirt pole is fun way to keep your dog mentally and physically active. A flirt pole is a long pole with a rope attached to the end. On the end of that rope is a lure that’s used to entice your dog to chase. Flirt poles provide great exercise, and they’re mentally stimulating. They’re a way to let let your dog use their natural prey drive in a non-destructive way. And they’re a great for practicing some basic impulse control such as letting go on command.
2. Play Tug of War With Your Dog
It’s fun, it’s engaging, it’s great physical exercise and it’s a good way for dogs to practice their manners. And if you spent a lot of time training with your dog I’ve found a tug toy to be one of most motivating rewards around.
3. Play Frisbee With Your Dog
Another fun game to play with your dog is frisbee. Frisbee is a game I refer to as an advanced game of fetch because it promotes your dog to chase over long distances. A game of frisbee is great exercise, and it’s a lot of fun for dogs that have a natural drive to chase.
4. Create Your Own Agility Course
Another fun game for dogs is creating your own agility course. It’s a fun way to teach your dog some new tricks, and it’s a great source of mental stimulation for dogs.
5. Use Kong Stuffing & Food Dispensing Toys
Using a stuffed Kong or some food dispensing toys is one of the easiest games to play with your dog. It’s fun, it encourages them to use some of their natural scavenging ability, and it’s mentally stimulating. If you’re not a fan of Kongs check out the West Paw Tux toy — it’s my favorite alternative.
6. Teach Your Dog to Chase Bubbles
One of the funnest games to play with your dog is teaching them to chase bubbles. I had my doubts, but it’s one of Laika’s all time favorite games. As soon as I start walking over to the kitchen sink where those bubbles are she starts to get excited.
7. Play Some Water Games With Your Dog
Going to the local beach can be a lot of fun for dogs, especially those that already love swimming (don’t forget a doggie life jacket for safety). You can bring along some dog toys and play a game of fetch in the water. Just remember to check if they float first – we’ve lost a few toys in the water much to Laika’s dismay.
8. Play Find the Treats With Your Dog
When it comes to games to play with your dog “find the treats” is my absolute favorite. It’s super easy to play, and the best part is my dog never gets sick of it. It doesn’t matter that I pick the same 20 hiding spots and that we always play with chopped up carrots — she loves it every single time. My lack of creativity doesn’t bother her at all. Find the treats, like all nose work games, are mentally stimulating and a fun way to let our dogs hone in on their natural sniffing abilities.
9. Use a Digging Box
Some dogs love digging, and having a dedicated digging box for them is a way to encourage them to dig in one approved area — one that doesn’t include your landscaped garden. You can make your own digging box with some wood and sand from your local hardware store. If you have a lot of cats in the neighborhood you might want to build a top to keep it from becoming a litter box.
10. Play a Game of Hide & Seek
Another fun game to play with your dog is hide and seek. Laika absolutely loves it, and it still surprises me that she’s not sick of it even though I keep picking the same 3 hiding spots over and over. Hide and seek lets your dog use some of their natural scent tracking abilities in a fun and stimulating way.