8 Fun Games to Play with your Dog
Almost every dog owner loves quality time with their dogs, but having the same activities every day can get tiring and boring for both you and your pup. We are here to help you change up your routine and give you some ideas for games to play with your dog.
Outdoor Games to Play With Your Dog
Outside games and activities are perfect for high energy playtime and fun with your dog. If you don't have a backyard big enough to play these games, taking your dog to the park is always entertaining.
#1. Tug a War
Tug a war provides your dog with the hyperactivity it has always longed for. This game is best to be played with a dog that is trained. Commands like "sit," "drop," and "stay" will be useful when you begin this game. If your dog is new to these commands or hasn't learned them yet there are plenty of articles that can help you train your dog on these commands.
To start, you will need a rope, either one you have on hand or one that is designed for tug a war. Usually, thicker ropes work best. Make sure that you have a knot on both sides of the rope to make it easier to grab.
Hold the rope in one hand and say the command "tug." You can use other commands if they work better for you.
Tug the rope and play with your dog for about 2 mins. (You will want to tug in a side to side motion rather than up and down because pulling up and down can harm and hurt your dog's teeth, while side to side is more comfortable for your dog.)
Now you will use the command "drop." This will signal your dog to let go of the rope. (If your dog will not let go, slowly release pressure on the rope to show your dog the game is stopped.)
Once your dog has dropped the rope, you will want to reward it by starting up the game again.
Continue this process for as long as you please, making sure to immediately let them play with the rope once they obey your command to drop. (By doing this you help them realize the game will continue once they complete the command.)
You can switch it up if you wish by using commands to sit and stay and then letting them play after they complete these commands.
Once the game is completed, you will want to reward your dog with a treat or let them have alone time with the toy. (This shows them the game is over.)
Frisbee is a perfect way to give your dog exercise. You can never go wrong with a good game of Frisbee. Once you have this game down, it might even turn into one of your dog's favorite outdoor activities. You can make this activity easier by introducing the Frisbee to your dog a week before you begin playing the game.
To do this, you can have your dog use it as a food dish or rub a hot dog around the disk, lay it on the floor, and praise your dog when they go after it. For this activity, you will need two frisbees. Try to find Dog discs that are specifically designed for dogs as other frisbees can harm your pup.
Hold one disc by your dog's nose and praise it when it takes the disc.
To help your dog release the disk you will want to entice it with the other disk rather than saying the command "down."
Continue doing this as you begin to raise it higher each time.
Once your dog is used to grasping the Frisbee, you will begin tossing the disc on the ground in a rolling motion (Like a wheel) This will help your dog get used to focusing and catching the disc while in motion. You will want to do this multiple times before you begin the next step.
Now it is time to incorporate the throwing technique. To do this, you will want to be only a couple of feet away from your dog and throw it in the air. It might take a while for your dog to get the hang of catching the Frisbee, but make sure to reward it every time that it does.
From here, you will start to go farther and farther away until your dog has it down.
#3. Tag - A Great Game to Play With Your Pup
Tag is an awesome way for you to share some quality time with your dog. It’s also very engaging and fun for the whole family. The goal of the game is to get your dog to chase you and then chase your dog once they get you.
This can also be done using a toy or rope.
Start by chasing your dog and touch its back or head.
Begin running away and watch as your dog chases you.
Repeat the process once your dog catches up to you.
#4. Flirt Pole
This game is super fun and easy to play and gives your best bud tons of needed exercise. To play this game, your dog will need to be aware of the commands "stay," "sit," and "drop." You will need to have a flirt pole for this game. You can get one from the store, or you can make one of these on your own.
To make one, you will need to have a PVC pipe and a long rope. Next, take the rope and insert it in the pipeline, then add two knots to the rope, one on each side, leaving the longer piece of the rope hanging out from one side with a toy or tug rope added to the end.
Give the command to stay while showing your dog the toy.
When you are ready, give the command "okay" or "go," whichever one you prefer. This will give your dog the signal that it is time to play.
Immediately after the command "go," you will begin spinning the flirt toy in a circle as your dog begins to chase it.
Start fast and slow it down at the end, allowing your dog to catch the toy.
Let it play with the toy for a few seconds before giving the command drop.
Repeat these steps and have fun!!
Entertaining Games for Your Dog Inside Your Home
During the cold months, it’s hard to find time to take your dog out on a walk or do fun activities outside of your home. So we’ve put together a list of activities that you can do with your dog inside that will give them the active time, exercise, and brain training they need.
#5. Stairway Dash
Stairway dash is super fun and a creative way to give your dog the exercise it needs. Games like these will also help your canine sleep better and be calmer during the day.
All you need for this game is a toy or ball.
Start off the game at the bottom of the steps giving your dog the stay command.
Once your dog is sitting patiently you will throw the ball up the steps.
Create tension and excitement by making them wait a couple of seconds before going after the ball. Do this by saying “ready…..ready….GO!”
Continue the steps about five or six times before your dog gets tired.
#6. Hide and Seek
If you have children at home they are going to love this game. You don't need any supplies for this one, just a great hiding place!
Give your dog the stay command and slowly walk into the other room.
Find an easy hiding place to start with and slowly make it harder and harder.
Call out your dogs name and wait for them to find you.
#7. Find the Treats
Find the treats is not only super engaging but it also helps your dog think and use muscle memory. To play this game you will need a handful of treats.
You will start by putting a treat in your hand and showing it to your dog, making sure it doesn’t take it.
Next, you will close both your hands and let your dog sniff them.
Once your dog stops at one hand you will open it up and give them the treat.
Continue this process by making it harder and harder each time. Do this by switching up hands or putting it in a hand while your dog isn’t watching.
#8. Muffin Tin Game
This is a game for your pooch that allows you to relax and sit back as your canine does the rest. It also helps your dog use brainpower and practices recognizing scent.
To play this game all you will need is a tin muffin pan, some tennis balls, and some treats with a heavy scent.
Get a muffin tin and place a few treats in half of the slots.
Cover up each hole with a tennis ball.
Watch as your dog finds ways to retrieve the treats from the tins.
Did you know that playing games with your dog can decrease their separation anxiety when you are away? So what are you waiting for? Start exploring these fun games to play with your canine today! If you liked this article make sure to leave a comment below and share with your family and friends 🙂