Quick fun games to boost your puppies brain power
Below is a list of games you can try when you have a spare five minutes, they will enrich your puppers lives, boost brain power and tire them out.
This is a great fun way to make meal times more exciting, Food is wasted just being placed in a bowl.
Hide and Seek
Even more rewarding than finding kibble at the end of a search is finding you. Hide and seek is a fun game for you both.
Puppies are capable of learning names for objects, use this simple exercise to teach your puppy names for their toys.
Roll up, roll up, find the hidden treat in this introduction to scentwork game.
Make mealtimes more fun - use bits of kibble and hide treats around your home and garden. This is a great exercise to get puppies stimulating their nose and brain.
Step 1-You always want games to be successful, so make it really easy on your pup and ask for a down stay so they can watch you plant treats in easily visible locations that are easy to both see and reach.
Step 2- You can help them by pointing out any they miss and get really excited during the hunt.
Step 3- Once they catch on to this fun game you can get more adventurous with your hiding places.
Be careful though not to put the rewards in places you don’t want puppy going, like grandpas prize roses.
Hide and Seek
What is the best reward to find at the end of a game? You! Hide and seek is great fun.
Step 1-Throw a ball, or leave a few pieces of kibble to keep puppy out of sight while you hide.
Step 2- Whistle on your puppy, staying silent as they enter the room.
Step 3- Get very excited when they find you.
Once they have the idea you can try different hiding places and even take it outdoors to the park.
Step 1-Take one of your pups toys, give it a name i.e Teddy.
Step 2- Ask your puppy 'Where's Teddy?'
Step 3- Reward a look, touch or going over to 'Teddy'.
Once you puppy is confident going to 'Teddy' add in another toy with a new name.
Step 1-Get out 3 cups and line them up in a row in front of your dog.
Step 2- To start put a treat under one of the cups while your dog is watching, give him the OK to show you which one is the right cup.
Step 3- When he chooses correctly praise him and let him have the treat.
Once your dog seems to get the hang of it you can make it more challenging by mixing the cups around after you place the treat.
Forget me Not
The aim of this game is to encourage your puppy to offer new behaviours
Step 1- Wait on your puppy offering a behaviour, click and reward.
Step 2- Ask 'What else?' click and reward a different behaviour.
Step 3- Click and reward each new behaviour if they repeat a previous one say 'Oh Oh' and reward the next unique behaviour.
Step 1-Teach take and drop with a box at your feet. Click when the ball hits the box.
Step 2- When your puppy is consistantly dropping the ball in the box, move the box slightly so they have to aim better to get it in the target place.
Step 3- Move the box further and use the cue 'tidy' so they are delibrately heading for the box each time.
You can add more toys gradually to tidy away.