Most of us love to spend time lying on the couch and looking at the TV or laptop, but unfortunately, dogs are not particularly happy with this pastime. Pets prefer joint activities – walking, playing, and teaching teams. If it does not immediately occur to you what to do with your dog, then we suggest reading our selection, finding out how to play with a dog at home or on a walk, and have a great time with your pet tomorrow.
Playing with the Dog at Home
Leave the dog alone in the room and close the door. Call the dog to you. This exercise will be much easier if the door opens outward – the dog only needs to push it with his paw or nose. Doors that open inward are not an easy task. Let the dog find the door to open the door.
Take old boots or a folded handkerchief and pour the treat inside. Observe how the dog tries to get a treat.
In front of the dog’s eyes, open the drawer, put the treat in there, and close it again, but so that there is a small gap. Allow your dog to get a treat.
Tie a large treat, such as a pig’s ear, to a string or string, and tuck it further under the cabinet so that only the end of the string is within reach. Make sure that the dog is only rewarded for pulling the treat by the rope. Be careful, the dog must not swallow the cord!
Take a bowl of water and place a non-sinking treat lid or toy in the water. Order the dog to get the treat.
Lay out a path of treats in the apartment and let the dog along with it.
Arrange the stools one behind the other and cover the top with a blanket to create a tunnel. Use a treat to make your dog walk through it.
Hang a towel in the doorway so that it touches the ground. Call your dog to walk through this veil.
Tell your dog to run through the rolling hula-hoop. To make the exercise easier, do not start the hoop right away, first, hold it in front of you and run with it. Use a treat to show your dog how to run through the hoop. When it works out well, you can put on the hoop and order the dog to jump through it.
Teach your dog to jump over the bouncing ropes. Give one end of the jumpers to a friend, and hold the other yourself. Use the “Barrier” command to make the dog jump at the exact time. Be careful not to hit the dog!
Playing with Your Dog Outdoors
Bury the food or toy shallowly in the ground or under foliage and have your dog reach for it.
Stick a stick with the treat attached at the top into the ground, or hang it on a rope (be careful, the dog should never swallow the rope or stick). Exercise can be made more difficult if the stick with dainty wiggles. In this case, be sure to monitor the safety of the dog.
Invite your dog to jump over a series of obstacles if you find suitable ones on the playground.
Find a wide trunk of a rickety or fallen tree and order your dog to jump on it.
Teach the dog to move away from you in different directions with the command “Forward.”
Teach your dog to run around trees at your command. To do this, circle it around a small tree using a treat. Repeat the exercise daily and then increase the distance. Make sure that the dog, at your gesture and command, can run around trees that are 10 meters away from you.
Teach your pet to jump off walls and trees as described in the Parkour exercise.
Play a sport that’s right for your dog. Buy agility equipment (hurdles, slalom, etc.) or frisbee and start training on your own, or sign up for classes at the dog playground.
Order the dog to find a person he knows, provided that he did not see where he was hiding.
Walk with your dog and a friend along the stream that has a bridge across it. Then stay at this bank and ask your friend and dog to go to the other. Walk further parallel to the shore for 10-20 meters. A friend with a dog should do the same on the opposite bank. Then call the dog, and wait until it comes up with an idea to go back to the bridge to get to you.