Dogs need to get enough exercise. They are always looking for ways to entertain themselves, and daily walks do not suffice. As a pet owner, taking care of their well-being, and physical and mental health is important. Engaging them in physical and mental energizing exercises can be a great way to keep them healthy. This process also strengthens your bond. We have put together a list of entertaining games you can play with your dog.
- Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek is a great game and also a great training tool to let your dog use their scent-tracking abilities. Find a hiding place in your house, and once you’re sure you’ve got a good hiding spot, call your dog, and wait for them to seek you. When they seek you, praise them or give treats as a reward. Repeat the exercise and hide in better places each time. Once they get used to this game, they will sniff you out pretty quickly.
Fetch is a classic game for humans and dogs. It provides plenty of physical exercise and training. All you need is an open space, a tennis ball, Frisbee, or any other toy that your dog likes. Keep your dog interested by throwing the ball or Frisbee to a shorter distance. When they return their toy to you, don’t forget to praise them. You can also try different objects for them to run after. Limit the game to only twice or thrice per week.
- Tug of War
Tug of War is one of the popular games to play with your dog. It is fun, engaging, and also a good source of physical exercise. Before you play this game, it is important to keep in mind that you do not overexcite your dog and don’t let children play this game. Suppose you are playing this game with a puppy, pull gently for a few seconds at a time because they still have baby teeth, and it can cause teeth and gum problems. Also, try using a rope, or a soft toy made with rubber.
- Agility Training
Agility Training is a type of training with significant mental and physical stimulation benefits for dogs. You can create your agility course by using some things around the house like ropes, chairs, boxes, and cones and placing them on the way as an obstacle for them. Teach them to jump over or weave through the mini obstacles. Whenever they do a new trick and learn to overcome the obstacle, reward them with treats that help them make progress.
- Play water games
You can take your dog to a local beach or a lake nearby for swimming. You can also bring some of your dog’s favourite toys and play games in the water. For safety measures, bring a dog life jacket. You can also play some water games in your backyard by arranging a small pool which can also be a great way to beat the summer heat.
- Digging Pit
Digging is a natural activity for dogs, and it can be encouraged by filling a digging pit. Cover some of their favourite toys, treats, or bones in a pit with sand. Encourage them to dig through the sand for their favourite toy.
- Chase Bubbles
Chasing bubbles is one of the most fun games to play with your dog. Use flavoured bubbles that are non-toxic, specifically made for dogs. Make sure they don’t consume too much. If your dog doesn’t have any clue on how to chase bubbles, you can start catching the bubbles and encourage your dog to do the same. After playing the game, make sure that you wipe off your dog’s face.
Conclusion: There are many other games to play with dogs, both indoor and outdoor. Make sure you don’t make them aggressive while playing, which can lead to overstimulation. Strengthen your bond with your dogs each time with play sessions and leave them excited for the next games.