Fun recall games you can play anywhere, anytime!
Before we start, there’s actually no microphones involved in this game, but the essence of this game is to LEAVE! What we want you to do is catch a time where your dog is otherwise engaged. For example; perhaps they’re having a good sniff of something in the garden. What we need you to do is RUN, take off at high speed, whooping and cheering as you go! (don’t worry what the neighbours will think!!)
As we know, dogs are fun-loving, so you running off will excite them and they’ll want to run over to find out what all the commotion is about! When they catch up to you, have a party!
Recall Game 2: Where did you go?
There’s nothing more fun than a good old fashioned game of hide and seek! This game is so fun to play with your dog! The only difference is that your dog doesn’t have to count to 100! You can play this anywhere, from hiding behind a door in your house to hiding behind a tree on a walk. The great thing with hide and seek is that it gets our dogs thinking about and looking for us. If we simply call them every time, they will get into the habit of; ‘it’s ok, I don’t have to worry where mum/dad is, as they’ll always call me’. We want our dogs to be aware of where we are and hide and seek is a great one for that!
In true Scrappy-Doo style, this game ignites the desire to hunt you down! The chase is on! For this game you will need a helper. Ask your helper to restrain your dog. The best place to restrain a dog is by grasping both hands around their chest or holding onto the back of their harness, not holding onto their collar. Whilst your dog is being restrained, RUN! When you are ready for your dog to be released, call their name! When they catch up to you, reward, go crazy, have a PARTY!
This game is linked to game 3, so check that one out if you haven’t already. An additional element to this game is to keep running around something when your dog has caught up with you! A bush, a tree, a picnic table, a bin…gosh, the list is endless! The addition of this is to simply inspire more fun! You will end up laughing and whooping as your dog chases you around and around! For obvious reasons, don’t over do how many times you go around something! Getting dizzy is a pitfall to this game! When you are ready to stop the chase, reward your dog!
About the Author: Lauren Langman is responsible for the design and development of all Devon Dogs classes, events and workshops. She competes in Agility at Grade 7, the highest rank of competition in the British agility arena. She regularly competes and wins at top agility events in the UK including Crufts and Olympia, and has represented the UK at World Agility Championship level on many occasions.