A great way to further fulfill your dog’s life is by challenging and stimulating his mind. Discovering ways to work with your dog’s instinct will bring out the best in him, enrich his life and help you establish a deeper bond with him.
Playtime with your dog does not just mean letting your dog outside to run around, as playtime can also be productive. Remember, a dog can play in two ways – as a dog, and as a breed. Knowing this difference and channeling his energy in a positive way is key to a new learning experience.
The most powerful sense your dog has is his sense of smell. You want to discover ways to make him use his nose as part of playtime. Go out and find sturdy boxes and portable stairs and create an obstacle course. Now, take his favorite treat and rub the scent in various places, hiding the treat in a place that will be tough to find. It is not unlike hiding Easter eggs for your kids.
Dogs are bred purposely to perform specific tasks, and your dog will get restless unless he can perform these tasks. Take the time to find jobs or tasks that will fulfill your dog’s breed. A retriever, for example, will thoroughly enjoy a game of fetch.
How many toys does your dog know the names of? Increase your dog’s vocabulary by teaching him names to even more toys. Use a lot of praises and treats when he figures out a new toy.
If you are the type of person who is always losing their keys, this game will benefit you. Rub your keys with his favorite treat and hide them in places like your purse, or under the couch cushion. Then teach your dog how to find them on scent, when he does give him a reward. In time, when you really do lose your keys, he will be there to save the day.
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