Quick and Easy Dog Games using objects around the house

Here are some simple, low-cost games to help keep your dog entertained. All games should be supervised in case your dog damages the material you have created the game out of. Also, take care to ensure your dog doesn’t become unduly frustrated by a game. Perhaps help them out to start with, for example, tip out a treat to get them going? Not all games suit all dogs – experiment!

Plastic Bottles

Does your dog love the sound of plastic bottles or simply just trying to get things out? This is a very simple game. Simply take a plastic bottle and remove the top. Drop some treats into the bottle and let your dog get them out. This should be supervised (like all games in case they bite trough the bottle and causes sharp edges)

Tennis ball

Make a wide enough slit in an old tennis ball to enable treats to fall out fairly easily, insert some treats and throw it to your dog.

Kong

Stuff a food toy (e.g. a Kong). Start with dry food, and the better your dog gets, the harder you make it. Eventually, you could stuff it with perhaps wet dog food, sweet potato or unsweetened natural yoghurt and freeze the contents – look on line for ideas? Mix layers of different food.

Toilet Rolls

Get a load of toilet rolls, stand them up in a bowl and drop food into them, if your dog finds this easy then use a rubber band to tie the rolls together.

Puzzle Towel

This is a fun game that any kind of dog that likes sniffing will enjoy. Simply put a piece of food on the floor and then spread a large towel over it and watch them figure out how to get the food

A variation of this game is to take a large bath towel and place it on the floor folded in half lengthways. Place a couple of treats on it and roll the towel over the treats and repeat until the towel is fully rolled up. Let your dog unwrap the treats.

Scatter feeding

This is a great game to do out in the fresh air of your garden. Throw your dog’s food on the decking or into the grass or hide it in various places, and let them spend 15 to 20 minutes hunting for it. I also play this game out on walks hiding food in the cracks and crevices of fallen trees.

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