Dogs are great, and if you’re lucky enough to have one, you know how much fun they can be. There’s nothing quite like a dog’s company and energy, especially if you’re looking for some good laughs as well.
Playing games with your dog is also a great way to bond with him/her on a deep level. You can buy your dog fun game toys at retail stores or online at PetCareRx. Just make sure the toys you buy are made from non-toxic materials and are safe for your canine friend.
Here is our top 7 list of game ideas for dogs and their humans.
Fetch is one of the most basic games you can play with your dog. It’s also a great way to get some exercise while bonding with your pup.
Here’s how it works: You throw the toy and let them run after it, then bring it back and repeat. Before you know it, you’ll be playing Fetch for hours.
To teach fetching skills to your dog, use toys that are durable enough for shaking and biting. Start by tossing the toy near them so they’ll chase after it. When they return with their prize, praise them lavishly. This will encourage them to do their job again next time around.
If your pup has trouble catching on at first, try throwing smaller objects like rolled-up socks or tennis balls. These are easier for fluffier paws to grasp in midair.
Tug of War
Tug of war is a great way to play with your pup, and it can help with their physical fitness and mental stimulation. You’ll need a rope toy.
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To play this game, loop the toy around your hands while they are held in front of you. Then let the dog take hold of it when they’re ready. Pull back on both ends until one of you wins.
Hide and Seek
Hide and seek is a great game for dogs. It’s one where the dog gets to use their natural hunting instincts, and it also helps with its problem-solving skills. You need to keep some things in mind if you want this game to be fun for both of you.
- Make sure your dog has a safe place they can go that’s not somewhere dangerous. If they get scared or tired, make sure there is an alternative hiding spot nearby where they can go if needed, so they don’t get upset or frustrated while waiting on their owner.
- Be aware of your surroundings when playing hide-n-seek with your pet because sometimes the best places aren’t always obvious. For example, if other people are having a BBQ outside, maybe avoid hiding behind them. Or perhaps find some bushes nearby instead. That way, everyone feels comfortable playing together without worrying about stepping on toes.
- Another thing before starting: teach your dog how to find his/her owner after being found. This will help them learn faster.
This game is a great way to get your dog moving and having fun. Teach your dog to catch the frisbee in mid-air by gently tossing it towards him, then rewarding him when he catches it. This can be played indoors or outside, and it’s a great exercise for both of you.
As per a report on U.S. News, dog parents who did moderate exercise 5 to 7 days a week likely exercised their dogs 60 to 90 mins a day or more.
Dog bowling is a great way to make your dog part of the family, and it’s also a lot of fun for you. Your dog will enjoy learning new tricks and getting treats, while you can have some fun bonding with them.
In this game, all you need is a ball that’s big enough for your dog to carry around but not so big that they have trouble rolling it and a crate or other obstacle course set up in your home. The crate should be large enough that the ball can roll freely through it without getting stuck anywhere on its path through the obstacle course. You’ll also need treats to reward your dog when he/she accomplishes each step successfully.
Follow the Leader
Follow the leader is a game that requires one person to lead and the others to follow. It’s a good game for your dog or family to play as it helps them learn commands, provides exercise, and gives you time with your pet.
To play ‘follow the leader’ with your dog, place an object on the ground, such as a ball or toy. Then call out “get it,” followed by whatever command you want him/her to do (like sit). When they do what you’ve asked, reward them with praise.
Once he starts getting good at this game, add another command between calling out “get it” and saying which action he should do next, e.g., walk toward me.
As per The Zebra, 85 million American families own a pet, of which approximately 48 million own a dog.
The most important thing is that you are having fun with your dog. There are lots of games and activities to play with your dog. Still, the one common denominator is that they all involve spending time with each other.
It’s important to remember that we don’t just train our furry friends. We also teach them how to be good canine citizens who listen when told what to do next. So get out there and play with your pooch.