Stimulating your dog’s thinking and challenging him to try new things is one of the keys to a sense of accomplishment. Finding ways to deal with the instinctive nature of dogs can unearth the essence. Walking provides a structured routine that allows you to establish contact with dogs, but game time can give you more opportunities to challenge them, enrich their lives and establish deeper connections.
Many owners believe that “playing” means letting their puppies run wild, but the process of playing may also be fruitful and fun, and with a certain degree of concentration. In addition to physical, psychological factors are also considered. Dogs play two ways-the first is a dog, the second is a dog. Transferring energy and understanding the difference is the key to making it a positive learning experience.
This is the best technique Cesar can play with dogs.
1. Stimulate the nose.
All dogs can use their most powerful sense-nose to track. Make games by hiding food, or play hide-and-seek snacks. You can open the box, sturdy container, and portable stairs to build an obstacle training ground for your dog. Use the aroma to wipe the smell in each space, and hide the meal or high-priced food in the hardest place to find. It encourages the dog to solve problems, thereby also building confidence. You can think of this as an Easter egg hunting dogs. You can even hide snacks and high-end toys throughout the house or yard! Over the years, I have played this “game” with all the cubs raised.
2. Use imagination.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on toys or tools. Remember when you used bedsheets, chairs, and sofa cushions to build a fortress at home when you were young? You can do the same with your dog and create an agility course at home. Use snacks to lure dogs into the areas and activities you want them to perform through scents. Be patient. They may not solve the problem right away, but like any sport, the practice is perfect! Remember, all kinds of toys sold in stores can also be made at home. Snack balls are fun, but hiding kibble in an empty plastic bottle can be just as exciting. The dog doesn’t know the difference. This can also be a challenging way of feeding because it forces them to solve problems and get food. I know that some dogs quickly learn how it works, so much so that they realize that if they put the bottle in their mouth and turn their heads, all the food will come out at once!
3. Play like a dog.
All dogs like to run and chase things (even if they recover unnaturally, all dogs can learn). A game I like to play: tie a rope to the end of a long wooden stick and then tie a soft plush toy to the rope. Hang it in front of the dog to attract eye contact and attention. To make it more interesting, it can be stuffed with snacks or wiped with the aroma of snacks or food. Instead of moving it madly (which is our natural preference), move it slowly, stop and start again. This will encourage the dog to focus on the excitement and give you control over everything-the faster you walk, the more physical energy you consume; the slower you walk, the more challenging your thinking. In addition, it cultivates their natural prey drive in a targeted and disciplined way, which is very interesting for them and you.
4. Discipline can also be fun!
One way that people often teach puppy names is to play hide and seek games, not just enjoy food. Once the dog learns the “keep” command, this will become a very interesting exercise. This is also a way to teach “come” with the word “come” or any voice of your choice (such as whistling). The way it works is this: you say “stay” and hide in another room, behind a tree, or anywhere. First, stay close, then gradually increase the distance. When you are in a hiding place, make a sound or say a word. Then wait patiently for the dog to find you. Stop saying his name or order. Give them a chance to solve the problem. When he finds you, please reward him. It’s that simple. They will do better and better, and once they do, you can move to larger areas such as parks.
5. Tug of war-but be aware of risks.
Due to a large number of ropes and toys available to encourage tug-of-war, it is not surprising that so many dog owners play this game with their dogs. However, you need to be aware of this risk. This is a game that allows your dog to prey and is preyed on. If you don’t have trust and respect at the beginning, then this may be harmful to your relationships. You need to control the dog’s strength and instincts before you can play a healthy tug of war with them.