It's a hard time at the moment and some may be self-isolating in the house! This could mean less or no walks for the dog! Don't worry... we've put together a few things for you and your dog to do to keep their minds stimulated.
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1. Sniff Games
Start off your games simple and dont advance too quickly so that your dog will be successful at the game.
Which hand? - Place a treat in one hand and close your hand into a fist so they can't see the treat, close your empty hand the same too. Hold them out in front of your dog and see if they can choose which hand has the treat in. When they touch or paw the correct hand open it and give them the treat.
Find the treat - Hide treats around the room for your dog to sniff out and find, once they have mastered it, try hiding for them to find you.
2. Teaching toy names
Grab two or three toys and line them up. Point to a toy and say a name, reward your dog if they pick it up. Play with the toy for a bit then place it back in the line-up. Repeat with different toys, if the dog goes to the wrong toy at any point, just dont reward them. When the dog is getting the hang of it, stop pointing and just say the name to see if they can do it!
Fill the KongBall with your dogs' favourite treats and play football in your living room! Let your dog chase after it and watch as the food falls out and they gobble it up. Once the food has run out then continue playing football!
**** Fill the ball with big and small treats, the big treats stop the small treats coming out as often and when your dog is tired of KongBall then they can just eat the yummy treats inside
4. Fetch & Tug
Using a soft toy or ball throwing and rolling it around the room for your dog to chase is a fun activity that will tire them out and get some exercise in
5. Practise Recall
Stuck in the house, no distractions... perfect time to start the recall practice! Wait till you have lost their attention then call their name if they come to you then reward them. Repeat it until they're coming to you every time you call them. When allowed outdoors, continue this training but this time there will be distractions!