Dogs tend to get bored easily. So when taking your dog out, you should also find time to play with your pooch. This is also a great way to spend some quality time with your pet pooch and make it feel loved.
There are plenty of games that you can consider playing with your canine companion outdoors. These games will not only entertain your dog but are also a great form of exercise. So, take a look below for some of the best games that you can play while taking your dog out for a walk.
To make your walk more exciting and fun, create obstacle courses and challenges along the way. Perhaps, you can pass along the stairs, walk over a hill, wave through trees, or climb on top of a bench! All these will make your adventurous pet get even more excited to walk with you. Plus, it’s also a great exercise for you and your pooch. Just be creative and think of the safety of your pet as you choose an obstacle course.
Stop & Go
Your game can also be as easy as simply commanding your pet to “stop” and “go.” While this game may be simple, that’s already enough to keep your pooch entertained and not get bored along the way. You can use other commands too, such as “red”, “stay”, or anything else. Don’t forget to give rewards when your dog follows your command.
A treasure hunt game is a great game to play with your dog, as it’s easy and enjoyable as well. But make sure you have some great treats prepared to entice your pooch to play. For this game, occasionally toss some treats on the ground as you walk.
Next, command your pet to look for these treats. Your dog will then start sniffing around to look for them. This game will also teach your dog to stay focused and not get distracted by other pets.
Faster & Slower
This game is pretty much the same as the stop-and-go game, except that the commands are “slow” and “fast.” The game will not only keep your pet entertained, but it will also be a great way to train or teach your dog a new skill. When you say “fast”, go for a jog, and your dog will follow. If you say “slow”, walk at a slower pace and your dog will do the same. The next time you will say this command to your dog, your pooch will know what to do.
Follow The Leader
Follow the Leader is another easy but entertaining game to play with your pet. It requires changing directions drastically as you walk and making your pet to follow you wherever you go. If your pooch leads the way, head to a different direction instead of following where your dog goes.
But for this game to be more comfortable for you and your pet, you need to use a retractable dog leash. That way, you’d be able to easily adjust the leash depending on the direction that you’re heading. The retractable leash can also help you make sure that your dog will be able to follow you regardless of which direction you take. This way, you minimize the risk of your dog getting lost.