As New Zealand enters into isolation, we’ve composed a set of family friendly dog well being things to do with your family. Here are our TOP 9 Things to do with your dog during the lock down!
Dogs with lots of energy needs diversions. Brain teaser are the best and you can even make your own from items you typically throw away. A boredom buster game with the likes of Crazy Chew Ball or Chew Stick can stimulate their minds. Remember to treats or rewards are vital for engagement.
- New trick
Old, young, no matter what the age, dogs love to learn new things, so give them a challenge by teaching them awesome new ways to earn treats. Searching on YouTube is a great start, as there are loads of lessons on how to teach specific tricks! Don’t get frustrated, just make sure you have loads of treats on hand!
- The Shell Game
The shell game is a simple problem solving game for dogs. To play the shell game with your dog let your dog watch as you place a treat under one of three cups. You then shuffle the cups around and encourage them to ‘find the treat.’ The shell game gives your dog plenty of mental stimulation, and helps them work on their problem solving skills.
- Hide and Go Seek
Playing a game of hide and seek is by far one of Johnny’s favourite games. Hide and seek might not seem all that complex or entertaining to us, but a lot of dogs get a real kick out of it. If your dog doesn’t have a good stay command down you can ask a friend to help by having them distract your dog as you go and hide (or you can practice your “stay” before you get started)
- The Which Hand? Game
If you’ve been thinking about teaching your dog some scent work games this is a great game to get you started. The only thing you’ll need is some dog treats, and if don’t any on hand you can use some chopped up fruits & veggies or make your own homemade dog treats. How to play the game:
- Place a treat in one of your hands.
- Close your fists and hold them out in front of your dog.
- Let the dog choose which hand it’s in.
- When your dog sniffs or paws the correct hand open it up and give them the treat.
- If he chooses incorrectly don’t discourage him, it takes a few tries to catch on.
- A gentle “touch” command will be helpful.
- Regular Grooming Sessions
Our dogs need to be brushed, bathed, have their teeth brushed, and have their nails trimmed when they start to get long. Some dogs tolerate grooming better than others, and the more you practice using positive rewards the easier it will become. Hand out lots of treats during a grooming session, you want to ensure your dog will associate grooming habits with a positive experience.
- Rotating Toys
Studies have found that dogs get bored with their old toys. You can either buy your dog a new toy to get their enthusiasm going or you can rotate their toys. Instead of giving your dog access to all of their toys all the time give them a couple set for one or two days only. If you rotate one of their old toys back into the mix after awhile they’ll have some of that original enthusiasm back.
- NetFlix and Nap
Reserve the most comfy spot on the couch for at least three house. Watch a canine Friendly flick together, like “101 Dalmatians”, “Best in Show” or “Marley and Me” and snuggle up for a nap. Unless your dog likes to bark at other dogs on TV, it might be better to watch Shortland Street to encourage nap or sleep.
- Stock Up on Quality Toys
Over the next four weeks will be hard for many of us, but we all know by the end as to what it’s like being stuck at home all day! Our fur babies need mental stimulation for their healthy well being and easiest way is choosing the right quality treat toys for the home, be sure to get your Crazy Chew Ball or Chew Stick!