Covid-19 has definitely changed the way we live our lives (hopefully only temporarily). We’re encouraged to spend as much time at home as possible and avoid meeting other dog owners at the park or attending dog schools. For this reason, we’ve put together a few boredom busters that you can do at home with your dog. Let’s keep our fur babies entertained and out of trouble ;).
A simple way to keep your dog occupied at home is with the game of hide-and-seek. These games can be played in different ways and it will put your dog’s sense of smell to the test. Hide your dog's favourite toys or treats in different places. It’s important that your dog doesn’t see where you hide them – great places to hide their toys/treats are under carpets, pillows, on chairs or behind larger objects (and always make sure to praise your best friend’s efforts).
Teaching new tricks
Another fun activity is to teach your dog new tricks. Fortunately, you don’t need a lot of space and it can be done indoors or outdoors.
There are plenty of toys that will occupy and challenge your dog. For example, balls or puzzles with openings that can be filled with treats and your dog will have to work out how to get to them. You can even make one yourself. All you need is a simple hard plastic bottle. Wash it out, remove the label and fill it with treats. The aim is to make sure that the reward doesn't fall out right away, but fits through the neck of the bottle just enough to make things a bit more difficult. If the treats are too small, simply make a hole in the top of the bottle and don't forget to remove the plastic ring. Your homemade toy is ready!
The cup game
This is another favourite of ours. Locate three empty cups from your home and start off by placing a small treat under one cup only – with your dog watching you. Once the treat is hidden, ask your dog to search for the treat. As soon as your dog touches the cup with their nose, you give them the treat. Once your dog masters this game with one cup, you can increase the number of cups. A great game to practice obedience and patience in your dog.