A tired dog is a good dog is the first thing most dog trainers will tell you. We all know the importance of a physical exercise in humans and our furry friends. However, some days that outside play time just isn’t going to happen.
Penny, the Pet’s I’ve Met spokesdog, is
a total diva very sensitive to weather changes so there are days where outside playtime or long walks aren’t ideal for her. Plus, a nice long walk doesn’t always provide the mental stimulation that pups need. Some dog trainers even argue that mental exercise tires out dogs faster and more thoroughly than physical exercise!
Here at Pets I’ve Met we like to play a little game of hide-and-seek when Penny needs some stimulation. She loves it and so do we!
This is such an easy and fun game. The only prerequisite skill is that your pup knows how to sit and stay.
Here’s how you play:
Step 1: Grab some treats or a toy your dog enjoys — depending on what motivates them you can reward them with with treats or a game of tug-of-war
Step 2: Tell your dog to sit and stay
Step 3: Find a hiding place out of sight of your pup — best to start easy like behind the couch or just on the other side of a doorway
Step 4: Holler for your dog to come find you — you might have to start with a couple of calls so they can follow your voice until they get the hang of it
Step 5: Shower them with love for finding you!
Step 6: Start increasing the difficulty of hiding places — our favorites are closets and bathtubs
What other games do you like to play with your pet to get them active? Tell us in the comments below!