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Indoor games to play with your pet

  1. 1. Indoor games to play with your petBy: Liam CroweBark Busters CEOGuest BloggerFor Pets Best InsuranceIf the weather outside is still frightful and chilly where youare, you might be looking for ways to keep your dog or catentertained inside. For those days that you miss yourmorning walk or just don’t feel like going outside, thefollowing indoor games will help work out your pet bothmentally and physically, which is good for overall pethealth. And just like training him, playing games withyour dog enhances your bond and helps keep him focusedon you.Change these games to reward your dog in the way he isbest motivated: praise, belly rubs, favorite toys, balls tofetch, or treats. To keep your dog from gaining weightfrom too many snacks, use some of his mealtime kibblefor the games. Make sure each session is short and fun! It’s better to stop any game before yourdog gets overly excited or bored.Name that ToyGet a group of your dog’s toys that are noticeably different (for example, a stuffed goose, rabbitand bear). Hold a toy up for your dog to sniff and see, get him excited, and toss it, saying“Where’s your bear?” When he comes back with it, give him lots of praise, then do the samewith the rabbit, then with the goose, etc. Repeat over and over, and be consistent with the namesyou choose. Once he has mastered a few, spread out multiple toys and tell him which to get.Find it!Put your dog in a sit/stay position and show him a toy or treat. Put it on the floor where he cansee it, and say “Find it!” Make the next prize a bit more difficult to find by placing it under atable or behind a chair. For a bigger challenge, set up a whole room of hidden rewards. Watch asyour dog searches, and tap your foot and give an “Oh” or gasp to help him find the ones he’smissed.Where’s the Treat?Start with 3 or 4 plastic cups or old, cleaned out butter tubs. Show your dog a treat or a favoritesmall toy. Put your dog in a sit/stay or down/stay position about 10 feet away, and make sure hecan see you as you place his reward under one of the makeshift buckets. Then say “Where’s thetreat?” and encourage him to come smell the buckets. Praise him when he paws, sits beside, orbarks next to the right bucket, and then lift it up so he can get to his prize!Pet insurance plans are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company. SS-ART2-0212-IAIC/AICC
  2. 2. Make it harder for him by changing the order of the buckets after you place the reward, orpretending to put them under multiple buckets.Clean Up!Teach your dog to clean up his toys after playtime. First, have your dog pick up a toy while youhold a box for the toys up to him. Tell him “drop it.” When he does, give him lots of praise.Repeat with the next toy. Once he starts to figure it out, put the toy box on the floor, guide yourdog over to it, and repeat “drop it.” Be sure to use the same words each time for every command.Work for your DinnerDogs use about the same amount of energy when they are challenged mentally as physically!Treat-rewarding puzzles, such as the Buster® Food Cube or the Wobbler by KONG®, makeyour dog work for his treats— you can even use kibble (instead of treats) and feed your dog hisentire meal this way.Remember that basic obedience is the foundation for having fun with your dog—games shouldbe a fun and rewarding bonding experience, not a stressful time, for you and your dog.For more information about pet health, behavior or pet insurance, visit Pets Best Insurance.Pet insurance plans are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company. SS-ART2-0212-IAIC/AICC