Inside Games to Play with your Pup
Here are some inside games you can play to keep your dog active and stimulated on snowy or rainy days. These games will also assist in reinforcing the training you have done with your dog.
Find it!– This game involves hiding tiny bits of a treat throughout the house. Your dog will need to use his/her nose to seek them out. Start with putting the treat next to your dog and say, “find it!” Gradually move the treat farther away and increase the difficulty. Gradually increase the difficulty and spread the treats throughout the house.
Hide and Seek– Hide somewhere in your home, then call your dog to you. Reward your dog with a tasty treat. This game assists with reinforcing recall and is lots of fun. This could be a game the kids can play with their canine companion!
Back and Forth Recall Game– If there are two humans in the home, distance yourselves from one another. One person calls your dog. Then the other person calls the dog. The dog will practice recall and get a bit of exercise running from one person to the other. This works great if you have a two-story home and one person is upstairs and the other person remains downstairs. Again, rewarding your dog with a tasty treat reinforces the recall.
The time you spend with your dog will reap plenty of rewards as you reinforce positive behaviors while keeping them stimulated and physically active. You’ll have a happier, well-behaved canine companion as a result!
Lots of Woofs!