Winter is coming – Indoor Games Series!

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Image credit: Mel Taylor

With winter drawing in and days becoming shorter, it’s a great idea to have a toolbox full of ideas for indoor games to have fun training your dog.

Game 1: Scavenger Hunt!

Dogs LOVE to scavenge, they adore to seek out food and eat it! Scavenging is mentally stimulating, we love to set up scavenger hunts in our house to entertain our dogs! Pop your dog in a room or crate and close the door. The aim is that as you’re busy hiding food around a room, your dog is out of sight… this builds excitement and anticipation. It also means the game will last longer as your dog has no idea where you hid their favourite treats!

Once you are ready, let them into the room and watch as their inner-scavenger is released! Encourage them as they go on the hunt and if your dog is new to this or can get unmotivated when playing games, hide the food in easy-to-find places to start. Its all about having fun!

Games 2: Homemade assault course

What a great way to work on confidence and body awareness with your dog. All you need are some random household items! Be creative! Allow your dog to interact with each part of the course, go with their pace and reward for any interaction. The aim is for them to eventually place paws on each part of the assault course and then to finally walk from one end to the other. Keep the rate of reward high to help slow your dog down as they walk along the course!

Game 3: How many things can you do with….

  • Using an object explore what they offer. Have fun with shaping different things your dog does with the object! Let’s see how many things they can get rewarded for!
  • Did they; walk towards it, sniff it, place one paw, two paws, three paws, all paws on it.
  • Did they go round, over, through. Did they sit on it, turn around on it? The list is endless!
  • How many things can your dog do with an object?! Mark and reward what you want and have fun!

kelly-murrellAbout the Author: Kelly Murrell helps out with some of the work in the office at Devon Dogs, particularly with marketing and advertising. She used to work in the office at East Bowerland Farm, but recently moved to Vancouver Island, Canada with her husband. She is an avid dog trainer and regularly posts dog training tips for Devon Dogs and Bowerland. 

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