Is it pouring outside and there is no promise of good weather for the next few days. Or have your dog had an injury and has to stay in and take it easy? Whatever the reason we offer you some fun activities with your dog.
If your dog already knows command “sit&stay” ask him to perform the command. (If your dog is not there yet, teach it with the help of Dogo). Show a treat and while your dog sits&waits go around the room, touching a few places and actually hiding the treat somewhere. Then release your dog from the position and let it search for the treat. Encourage your dog and support it by praising once it finds the treat.
*For the more advanced.
Your dog sits&waits in one room and you hide a treat in another. Be creative hide it in a cupboard, drawer, pot, etc. But do not make it too hard, so your dog does not get bored.
To perfect command “Come” play it at home. You need to be at least two people, but can be a whole family. Fill your pockets with treats, sit on the different sides of the room. One calls the command “Come”, dog runs to the caller and gets a treat. Immediately another person calls “Come” and the dog darts to the other corner. People can also sits in different rooms or even floors.
Teach toy names
There is a wonderful book by John W. Pilley Jr. and Hilary Hinzmann ‘Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words’. It is about teaching methods and learning process of a brilliant border collie named Chaser. Probably not a thousand but a few words or commands your dog knows already. Enrich its vocabulary by teaching the names of your dog’s toys.
Start with your dog’s favourite toy. Hold the toy in your hand repeating its name, e.g. “carrot”, “Roger”. Once your dog touches the toy, enthusiastically praise it or give a treat. Once the dog learns the name of one toy, then teach a second one.
To better understand the game look at the photo provided below. Your dog sits&waits, you put the toilet papers on a side and hide in each in the middle a treat. Release your dog from the command and encourage it to examine the toilet rolls.
Then put the roles on a bottom and throw a treat in the middle of each roll. Repeat a game. A third version is you put toilet roles on a side and on top of each other like pyramid, hide treats in each rolls and let your dog search them.
Cupcake tin and tennis balls
Take a cupcake form, in each of the cupcake forms place a treat and cover it with a tennis ball. Let your friend fish the treats out.
Have fun with Dogo!
The Dogo app is a great helping tool when training your dog. But keep in mind, your dog needs socialisation with other animals and people.