Bad weather? Have fun indoors with your dog with these games

  • Animals
  • Monday, 13 Jan 2020

Playing hide and seek with objects is a great way to have fun with your dog indoors – and, incidentally, also to train it. — dpa

Rain doesn’t have to mean total boredom for you and your dog. Here are few fun games that also help you train them.

Whether you use your phone, reading glasses or car keys, playing hide and seek with objects is a great way to have fun with your dog indoors – and incidentally also train them.

Gently wave the item in front of your dog, then place it in plain sight for them and then give a search command, like “go get it!” or “find!” say dog training experts.

Your dog finding the item is then rewarded enthusiastically with a treat and a pet. The hide and seek game can be made more and more difficult until the dog has to rely on his nose to find the item.

Another popular game is the treats-seeker game, where you hide pieces of treats in things like toilet rolls or crumpled up newspaper. Just like the previous game, your dog can see you hide the treat but they have to use their paws and teeth to get to the treat.

If your dog prefers fetch, you can play a lighter version inside. Roll a ball and only when you say the command “Bring the ball!” is the dog allowed to fetch it.

Repeat with other items, but be sure that the items are always clearly named.

When your dog has mastered this you can place two items on the other side of the room and ask your dog to bring only one of the two back. It is a great way to spend time together inside and work on their energy and intelligence. – dpa

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