In the previous post, we gave an introduction to brain games for your dog as well as our first tip for a fun, mentally stimulating game idea. Today, we’re bringing you another two tips to keep your furry friend entertained!
Brain Game #2: Hide and Go Treat
When dogs use their noses, they are also forced to use their brains to make sense of the information that is being provided to their brains. Since nose work often involves finding a tasty treat in the end, this method is a wonderful way to engage your pet mentally. One fun game to play is called Hide and Go Treat.
To begin, break up high-value, smelly rewards (such as liver treats, pieces of cheese, or other favorites) into small pieces. Dogs do not have a concept of portion size, and a smaller treat will cause your dog to work harder.
Next, place your dog in another room and ask him or her to stay. Hide the small treats around your house, such as on chair ledges, under throw pillows, and behind chairs. When you let your dog free, help him, or her find the treats while also overlaying the word “find.” Provide verbal praise when your dog uncovers a reward.
At first, your dog might need your help to understand that he or she is supposed to search for treats. However, once your dog gets the hang of this fun game, you will have to make your hiding places more deceptive.
Brain Game #3: Hot and Cold
Another fun game that requires little effort from you is called “Hot and Cold.”
First, arm yourself with a handful of training treats.
Next, mentally pick out an object in the room, such as a chair that is far from your dog’s current location. When your dog takes a step towards the chair, excitedly say “hot!” and toss your dog a treat. When your pet moves in a direction away from the chair, yell “cold.” Your dog will try to determine the rules of this game to unlock the secret of hearing “hot” and receiving the tasty rewards.
Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy™ blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy™ blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.