Who doesn’t love owning a dog? No matter the amount you own, or how old they are, all that matters is that you have what’s best known as man’s best friend by your side. The best part is their huge obsession with playing games, whether it’s a simple game of fetch or a challenge that they may face with resisting a treat until they’re told to eat it! Most owners are even trying out some mental stimulation games to further test how smart their furry friends are, and while it may seem like a lot to go over, the actual games aren’t too hard to understand if you know what you’re doing (and if your dog can follow along, too). Let’s go over some playing brain games that are both fun yet challenging for your dog!
Hide & Seek
You’ve got some doggy treats in your hand, but you want to test your dog’s senses. They should be familiar with not just the scent of the dogs, but anything that would let them know of your presence! Try hiding in a spot that would be easy to find, as slowly raising the difficulty would help your dog better adapt to its quests for you and the treats you possess. Playing hide & seek is great in your house and your garden, but trying it out in a park would be recommended only if you have someone with you to hold your dog on its leash.
Teaching New Tricks
While it’s cute to have a dog sit, roll over, or fetch for a treat, there are even cooler tricks that you can teach! Taking advantage of training sessions with your dog helps them learn new ways to earn treats, but it’s also great when their bond with you starts to grow overtime. As always, it’s best to teach them the simpler stuff before progressing up to the more challenging tricks, but doing that actually helps your dog improve its behavior as it gets older; it’ll have a mind that’s well-trained by the time it reaches its adolescent years.
Giving Them Toys to Play With
Why give your dog a chew toy that just squeeks when it can have something that’s more interactive? Aside from giving it something to chew on, having your dog play with toys that are more complicated in terms of the puzzles they contain might make them better motivated to trying out the challenge they contain, especially when there are treats hiding from inside. Heck, you can even make toys of your own by recycling old household items like paper rolls and boxes, so they can find a way to get that little dog treat without ruining the toy (which teaches them to not be destructive rascals).