How to Easily Keep a Dog Busy on a Rainy Day
When it pours down outside in such a way that you would not even send a dog out, we usually decide how to exhaust our furry darling even without a long walk. The good news is that the rainy weather provides ideal conditions for training the dog's head. A couple of dog puzzles and fun games can be exhausting just like running across a meadow.
The easiest way to entertain your dog is through interactive toys. Just fill them with granules or treats and let the dog roll or lick dinner. Great are, for example, Kong products, which are known for their smart solutions and materials that last for a really long time and can be washed in the dishwasher. We can recommend, for example, Kong Wobbler with a loaded bottom, Kong Gyro with a dynamic construction or extremely durable Kong Extreme Bone for dogs who do not cuddle with their toys at all.
Sniffing is a great activity for dogs of all breeds and ages. Therefore, prepare a sniffing labyrinth for your pet. Take older towels or blankets, throw them on the floor and pour smaller treats or granules into their folds. You can also use a fluffy rug or a mop handle. The rewards can also be spread on a pile of spaced books or magazines or other randomly stacked items. You can also hide them in old toothpaste boxes or in toilet paper rolls. Then let your tearer conquer the treat. Celtic Connection rewards, for example, are perfect for this activity. If you haven't done similar games with your dog yet, start with really light variants and gradually increase the difficulty. The simplest option is to spread the dinner in the form of granules on the floor and let your hungry dog pick up the individual pieces. The greater the dispersion of granules, the more work for the dog.
Together you can try the reward search. Have your dog sit or let him wait on the spot (eager dog behind the door) and after the instruction let him look for a sweet-smelling reward. Lifestyle treats, for example, are suitable. If your dog doesn't know this game yet, set really simple conditions for him to start with. Start in a small space, let him see the treat. Once you are sure that your hunter has understood the conditions, start to make them difficult for him slowly. Set them so that he always finds the reward - but so that he has to engage his head and muzzle at the same time.
You can easily mentally stimulate your dog’s brain the moment you start learning a new trick together or dust off the old ones that haven't happened for a long time. Teach your pet to kiss on the cheek on command, to play a corpse after calling "bang bang" or to bring slippers on request. You will need a clicker and treats for these exercises. And if there are more of you at home, practice a name response. Each of the human players sits in a different room and gradually calls the dog by his name. When the dog runs up, he gets a joyful compliment and a treat. After a while - so that the hairy runner has time to eat his reward in peace - another member of the family calls in turns. The dog gets a little tired physically, and he also learns that running up after calling his name is a great thing.