Best Home Games For Dogs
Do you have a dog that is always looking for something to do? Well, we have the perfect solution – home games for dogs! These games are a great way to keep your furry friend entertained indoors. They are also a great way to help train your dog and give them some much-needed exercise.
In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best home games for dogs. We will also provide instructions on how to play these games. So, whether you are looking for some new ideas or just want to know how to keep your pup busy, read on!
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The Best Games For Dogs
Dogs are known as man's best friends for a reason. They are always happy to see us, they love to play, and they are always eager to please. Playing games with our dogs is a great way to bond with them, keep them entertained, and help keep them physically and mentally healthy. Here are some of the best home games for dogs that will keep them entertained for hours on end!
Hide The Treat
Hide the treat is my favourite home game for dogs. In the beginning, I placed treats all over the kitchen and my office:
- On a chair
- Behind the leg of a chair or table
- On our kitchen benches
- In their crates (if our neighbour's puppy is here as well)
- Inside a toy
- At first, I walked with them to the treat and let them sniff it out.
- Then I just walked towards it and let them find it.
- After that, I would hide them and sit down at my desk and continue working
Now I hide the treats in their toys, under a pillow, wrapped in a blanket, etc. I leave it up to your imagination where to hide them for your pup.
I trust that your dog(s) will enjoy this hide-a-treat game as much as ours does.
Playing fetch is a great way to keep your dog entertained and exercised. Here are some tips on how to make the game more fun for both you and your dog.
- Start by introducing your dog to the toy and make it fun for him to play with it.
- Next, you throw the toy a few feet away and entice your dog to come back to you.
- Get them to release the toy by making it boring. As soon as they let go throw it again.
- Repeat this a few times throwing the toy a bit further every time.
Fetch is my favourite game to exercise my 6-month-old puppy. Our neighbour's puppy loves to fetch a ball. So I play with them both. We have very cold winters so I play with them in the house. To make it more interesting for them I sometimes fill a ball with treats and roll it along the kitchen floor.
Tug Of War
Dog owners who know how to play tug of war with their furry friends often find that it's a great way to keep them entertained and active. Especially for those living in apartments or condos, where they may not be able to take their dog out as often as they like, playing tug-of-war is an effective alternative. It can also help establish dominance and improve your relationship with your pet.
The first time I learnt about the Tug of War game was when I did agility with my Westie/Bichon mix. They use dog toys without stuffing, called “Road-Kill”. Cloe loved the game.
I am playing Tug of War with my 6-month-old puppy on a daily basis. Sadie loves it as much as Cloe did.
Agility training can be a great way to keep your dog entertained and mentally stimulated indoors. There are a number of different agility obstacles that you can set up in your home, and many of them don't require any special equipment. You can use items like chairs, tables, or even boxes to create an obstacle course for your dog to navigate. You can also use everyday objects like hula hoops or cones to create challenges for your dog. Be creative and have fun with it!
I am using broomsticks and wood logs for jumps, cardboard boxes for a tunnel, and a tennis ball cut in half with a wooden plank for the seesaw. For the weaves, I am using broomsticks and cones as per Jenily's video.
Hidden Treasure Games
There are a lot of games that you can play with your dog. Some are more active, while others are more relaxing. One game that is usually both fun and easy to set up is the Hidden Treasure Game. This game involves hiding treats or toys around the house for your dog to find, so it’s perfect for dogs who really enjoy sniffing out their food! Here's how this game works:
First, you get your dog in a solid sit and stay or have someone hold them to give you a chance to hide the treats or toys. We use homemade beef and chicken jerky and lung treats for this game.
The hidden treasure game is very similar to the hide a treat game.
This is a game that can be played by any dog and in any situation or place. I love to play hide and seek. It is easy to play indoors. I hade behind a door or in another room. My dogs love this game as much as I do. This is an ideal game to do some bonding with your dog, or in my case, with my puppy.
I also play it on my walks when the dog(s) run too far ahead. I hide behind a bush or behind a tree and they have to come search for me. Of course, you can only do this if you live in the countryside as we do.
Many Obedience training games will keep your dog entertained and trained at the same time. Some examples include:
- Sit and stay
- Lie down and stay
- Sit and shake a paw
- Lie down and rollover
- Sit, turn in a circle and sit again
I use the clicker to make it fun for our dogs. It will help when you go out with them.
The perfect game for dogs is an obstacle course. Dogs like an interesting game to play and they like to try to get as close to the end as possible. This game is perfect for that! You set up the course, you lead the dogs, and you control the game. It’s a great way to keep dogs entertained and to help them learn.
Chase Bubbles has got to be the best home game for dogs. To teach your dog to chase and catch the bubbles you blow some very close to them. Point them out if they don't see your bubbles. Dogs are extremely fast learners. Just be patient at the beginning and don't try to force it. It took Sadie, my puppy quite a while until she figured it out and now she loves the chase bubbles game.
Running up and down the stairs is a great way to get your heart rate up, and it's even more fun when you do it with your dog. I play this game on a regular basis during the cold winter months. Please keep in mind that a puppy less than six months old should not do this too often. You have to wait until their joints are strong enough to handle the stairs.
Frisbee is a great game for dogs for a number of reasons. It’s fun, it helps to keep them active, and it’s easy to play indoors or outdoors. Here are some tips on how to play frisbee with your dog.
First, make sure you have a good frisbee that is specifically designed for dogs. Regular Frisbees are too thin and can easily break or be punctured. You also want to find a size that is comfortable for both you and your dog. A large frisbee is good for larger dogs, while a smaller one is better for smaller breeds.
The frisbee game is very similar to the fetch game. The only difference in my opinion is that you use a frisbee instead of a ball or another fetch toy. Make sure you roll the frisbee along the ground at first for your pup to see it better. Frisbee is a game that you should not play too long in one session. It is not good for your dog's joints.
Soccer For Dogs
My husband and I both used to play soccer. So, sometimes we kick the soccer ball to each other and let Sadie run after it and catch it. It's good exercise for all of us. Just make sure you play on the lawn or another soft surface.
Water games are a great way to keep your dog entertained and focused on the outside world. Sadie and I love the water. She has already started playing in our pond. It is a bit too cold for me still. As soon as the weather and water get warmer I will go to the river with her.
Towel Unrolling Game Or Indoor Digging Game
Dogs love to dig. Unfortunately, they can't really dig very well in the house. So, we started the towel unrolling game with our puppy. Our neighbour's puppy loves to dig – she was digging in the snow all the time – and she took to the towel-unrolling game right away. We take an old towel, hide some treats in it and roll it up to a sausage-like shape. The dog(s) are having fun sniffing out the treats and digging them out.
The flirt pole game is great to teach your dog the “Leave-it” command.
- First, we play with her and get her really interested in the flirt pole.
- Then we ask her to sit and stay.
- We slowly move the pole away and if she is successful in leaving it, she will get a treat.
- Be patient with this one and make sure your dog succeeds every time.
- If your dog misses, back up a little bit.
- This is supposed to be a fun game for both of you.
- There will never be a loser.
Muffin Tin and Ball Game
This is a game that can keep you and your dog entertained for a little while. The way it works you take a muffin tin, treats and balls. You hide the treats in the muffin openings and set the balls on top of them. Your do is then supposed to move the balls and find the treats. I love this one for Sadie. It is a brain game for her.
The Cup Game
This is a game that we love because it's such a one-of-a-kind opportunity to have our dog play with other players who are in the game at the same time. It's for this reason that we like the Cup Game. The game is played with a ball and two teams of players. The team that takes the ball to their opponents' goal wins. It's such a unique way to keep your dog entertained and it's a great opportunity to see how well your dog knows how to play the game.
Puzzle Games For Dogs
If you have a dog, you’ll love these puzzle games for dogs. I bought the above game for Sadie a little while ago. However, it is still too difficult for her to figure it out on her own. She loves to play it when I help her a little.
What Are Some Great Options For Obedience Games For Dogs?
There are many options for obedience games for dogs. Some examples include tug of war, hide and seek, physical in-home learning, and playtime with a pet sitter. Additionally, there are so many fun options for dogs that it’s difficult to list all of them.
Some Great Options For Therapeutic Games For Dogs?
Yes, there are many great options for therapeutic games for dogs. We like to see a bit of fun time now and then and we’re not disappointed when we go through the game list and see dog-related games. These games help keep us entertained and allow us to work on our goals. We hope you find them helpful!
What Are Some Great Options For Leadership Games For Dogs?
Leadership games for dogs can be played by both pets and humans. They can be used to help the dog in their role in society or to help them restore order in their home. Leadership games can also be used to learn more about the dog’s character. What makes a good leadership game is that it takes advantage of the dog’s natural abilities and you don’t have to worry about the bird or bird boat.
Brain Games for Dogs / Playing Board Games with Your Dog
Some of the best games for dogs to play are brain-boosting games that help keep your dog's mind sharp. They're also great to play with while bonding with your pet and getting some exercise at the same time. One of our favorite board games for dogs is
Catch the Treat
“Catch the Treat” is a game where you use treats as currency and you score points when your pup catches them in their mouths! It's a fun way to exercise your dog while having fun with them at the same time.
Scent hounds are a great game for dogs to play because it allows them to release their natural hunting instincts. In this game, you're supposed to hide a treat in one of four different containers.
Then has to use his nose to find the treat. Once he touches the right container with his nose or paw you click and give him a treat. You can play this game with all kinds of scents.
This game is used to train border patrol dogs whose job is to find drugs, narcotics or weapons.
There’s no wonder that many dogs love playing games, with different and interesting ways in which to do so. Game playing is a great way for dogs to learn new things, and develop their skills. Some games work well for all kinds of dogs, and that will make you and your dog feel happy.
I trust you enjoyed this article on the Best Home Games For Dogs. Please stay tuned for more blog posts to come shortly. Take care!
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