Hide treats or toys around your home or yard, and encourage your dog to find them using their nose. This game taps into their natural scavenging instincts.
Invest in puzzle toys and treat dispensers that require your dog to manipulate the toy to access hidden treats or kibble. These toys provide mental stimulation and keep your dog occupied.
Fill food-dispensing toys like Kongs with peanut butter, yogurt, or frozen treats. Your dog will spend time trying to get the tasty contents out.
Teach your dog the basics of scent work by hiding treats or toys in boxes, under cups, or around the house. Gradually make it more challenging by increasing the number of hiding spots.
Set up a mini agility course in your yard or a local dog park using agility equipment like tunnels, jumps, and weave poles. Agility exercises provide physical and mental stimulation.
Regular training sessions that teach new commands or reinforce existing ones keep your dog's mind engaged and strengthen the bond between you and your pet.
Instead of a traditional game of fetch, try using a flirt pole or Chuckit! ball launcher to add variety to your dog's playtime.
Engage your dog in interactive play with toys like rope tugs, laser pointers (for chasing the light, not direct eye exposure), or flirt toys. These toys encourage physical activity and interaction with you.