3 Tricks to Tire Out Your Dog While Getting Things Done

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3 Tricks to Tire Out Your Dog

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Nose game

What it is

You hide an object, a toy or a treat somewhere, and let your dog find it by sniffing it out.

How to teach this game

If your dog likes to retrieve, throw the toy somewhere where it will be out of sight, and then release your dog to fetch it to you. For example, you can throw it down the stairs or to another room. Slowly progress to more sophisticated hiding spots. It is important to let your dog wait until the toy is in place, so he can not see or hear it, and only then release him. That way he will learn to search for it with his nose.

If your dog does not like toys and fetching objects, hide a tiny portion of a treat somewhere. Let your dog observe you hiding it at first, so that he knows the treat is hidden and the approximate location. Dogs will naturally look for food with their noses. As soon as he knows that the search is what you want, make the game more difficult by hiding the treat, so it is harder and harder to find.

Why this game is a lifesaver

Nose games are great because dogs love them and because they exercise the entire dog (body, mind and spirit).

Best time to play the game

When you do your chores around the house. Once your dog gets a good grip on the game, you can play it as long as you don't mind him running around.

Why I love this game

When I vacuum, mop the floors or wipe the dust, my dog knows it's time to play 'find it'. She brings me one of her toys and goes to hide in the bathroom. As I go around with my cleaning, I place the ball somewhere (on the shelves, behind the furniture, under her doggie bed, etc.). A few minutes later I will call her to come and find it. As she looks for it, I encourage her with praises and 30-40 minutes of housework pass quickly. Playing with my dog brightens up her day and lifts up my spirits too (who here loves moping the floors?!).

Get it out

What is it

You hide an object, a toy or a treat inside a piece of fabric and let your dog find it by unwrapping, digging and tossing it around.

How to teach this game

Start by covering a toy with a blanket or other piece of sturdy textile. Praise your dog for getting the toy out. Increase the level of difficulty by tieing knots and increasing the number of layers.

Why this game is a lifesaver

It may take 10-15 minutes of intense digging, sniffing, pawing and thinking that would tire out your pup.

Best time to play this game

When watching TV or using a computer.

Why I love this game

Does your dog beg you to throw a ball when you are enjoying your favorite show, and the second you do, the ball is back in place? I hear you.

I love this game because I don't have to be actively involved in playing while we both enjoy our evening. Usually, I have to hide the ball 3-4 times to tire out my dog. In fact, we are playing this game as I am writing this blog.

Ears game

What it is

Cover your dog's eyes. Make sure he can breathe and has some limited vision (or he will try to remove the cover). Now make some noise. The idea is that your dog follows the sound you make.

How to teach this game

Use positive reinforcement to make sure your dog associates covering of eyes with fun. Treat and praise for keeping the eye cover on.

Introduce the game in low light environment to explain the concept of following the sound. Use a treat bag, ball or any other sound that your dog knows and loves. Progress to covering of eyes. Have fun!

Why this game is a lifesaver

Dogs use their noses and eyes a lot. Focusing on sounds is a whole new level of play. In contrast to other games, your dog will learn to be very focused and careful with his movements.

Best time to play this game

When it's late and overly active, and noisy games are not desirable.

Why I love this game

It is a very fun experience for any dog, and it's fun to watch too!

I hope you will give this games a try and your dog will enjoy them. Share your experience here on the blog, or on our Facebook page. Next week I will be talking about selecting a day care, dog walker, boarding, and other services that are right for your dog. If you want to ask me a question, just add a comment below, fill up a form here, or sign up for the newsletter and reply to the email you will receive. You can also get me on Twitter. All of you folks are the reason that I write this blog every single week. And I want to hear what you are doing with your dogs. That’s it for this post. Talk to you soon.