7 Fun Games To Play With Your Dog

7 Fun Games To Play With Your Dog

Podcast | Kiara – 7 Fun Games To Play With Your Dog

 

Games are not only important for your dog’s physical exercise but can also be used as a reward for reinforcing positive behaviour. Games also provide an opportunity for you and your pet to bond and interact. While those trips out to the dog park may not be as frequent because of the pandemic, the following are seven games fun games to play with your dog at home;

 

 

So these are the 7 Fun Games To Play With Your Dog:- 

Table of Contents

  1. Tug-of-war
  2. Hide-and-seek
  3. Find the toy
  4. Fetch
  5. Toy-on-a string
  6. Follow your nose
  7. Digging box

 

1. Tug-of-war

This is one of the most popular games to play with dogs at home. As the name suggests, the game involves tugging on a tug toy with your dog. The size and texture of the tug toys vary according to your dog’s size as small dogs may prefer smaller toys while big dogs prefer bigger toys. Tug-of-war is a good game to exercise your dog and provide a basis for interaction.

 

dogs playing with a stick

2. Hide-and-seek

Dogs are hunters just like other canines and hence they are naturally predisposed to search and find things. Playing hide-and-seek with your dog is a great way of encouraging them to use their nose actively to trace where you are hiding. All you need is to get them to understand a few rules of the game and let the fun begin. You can use hints such as whistling or clapping if your hiding spot is too creative. Always be ready with a treat for your pet once they find you as this is what keeps the game exciting for them. Hide-and-seek can be played both indoors and outdoors.

happy dog

 

3. Find the toy

While dogs may not go to school as your kid does, this doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve to exercise their mental faculties. One such game that can help your pet use their mind creatively is find-the-toy. This game is similar to hide-and-seek in that the dog has to trace a hidden object but find-the-toy is a little more mentally tasking. All you need to do is hide your dog’s toy somewhere and let them use their sense of scent to trace the toy. Hide-the-toy can also be played indoors or outdoors.

dog playing with a squeak toy

 

4. Fetch

This is one of the most physically engaging games to play with your dog at home. However, it should be noted that not all dogs are enamored by this game. To play this game with your dog, drop or throw a toy or ball and then tell your dog to fetch it and bring it back to you. To make the session more intense, you can use several dog toys at once such that immediately your pet returns a toy you throw another one and order them to fetch it.

Dog resting after playing

 

5. Toy-on-a string

Toy-on-a string is another game that allows your dog to get some vigorous physical exercise and you too! This game is played by having a toy tied to a string and then quickly moving it around on the ground, challenging your dog to catch it. Toy-on-a string exercises your dog’s reflexes as it requires them to be highly alert and to move fast to catch the toy.

 

Dog resting on couch beside letter

6. Follow your nose

Dogs’ scenting abilities are a key fixture in their games. Follow your nose is a game that challenges dogs to use their sense of scent but at a higher level than in hide-and-seek and find-the-toy. This game involves dragging along the ground an object with a strong, yummy scent whether it’s a food or rope toy tied in a bag. Your dog is then supposed to trace the scent across various landscapes or objects until they track down the bag.

 

cute little furry dog

7. Digging box

Your pawed companions deserve to get a chance to scratch with their claws once in a while and there is no better way of doing this than using a digging box. You can use sand and wood to make your own digging box at home. These materials can be obtained from a hardware store near you. To avoid ruining the beauty of the compound due to your dog’s digging, designate a spot where to bury your dog’s digging box.

cute bull dog looking out of a carton

Games are a great way of giving your dog some much-needed exercise and allowing them to have fun. The utmost care should be taken to ensure your dog does not choke or sustain injuries during games.

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