Good puppy training games not only help to forge better bond between you and your puppy, they also provide the daily dose of stimulation required for healthy growth both mentally and physically.
The games listed below are designed for quick sessions in mind, aimed at sharpening focus and more importantly, boost their confidence.
These games are also designed to be quick to set-up and play so that with some initial supervising, even your kids can help with the training!
Call your puppy through a group of bowling pins and see how many pins she can knock over!
This can also be a fun 2-player game (not including your puppy) with one person at either end of the hallway. Set up the pins between the players and take turns calling your puppy. The one who gets her to knock over the most pins win!
Some puppies tend to worry about getting themselves hurt. This game helps to boost their confident and accustom themselves around loud sounds when they knock over the pins. Feel free to switch it up by replacing the pins with empty soda cans or plastic bottles.
If your puppy runs around the pins instead of through them, set up barriers on the side of the pins to prevent her from “cheating”.
If she tends to jump over them especially bigger puppies, spread the pins further apart. Praise and reward lavishly when she manages to knock down some pins. Also, holding the treat closer to the floor when playing the game will help discourage jumping.
Going through the tunnel
You need a child's play tunnel for this. It might not seem like it but going through a tunnel can be a tense experience for your puppy! With patience and consistency, your puppy will muster the courage and confident to navigate through the tunnel in time.
If your puppy is reluctant to go anywhere near the tunnel, collapse to shorten the tunnel and put some tasty treats inside it and let her explore it on her own. Don’t forget to praise!
Give this game a name and use it whenever you are about to play. “Tunnel”, “Hole” or anything that make sense to you but not too common a phrase which you might accidentally said it in everyday conversations.
Teach your puppy to spin circles by following your hand!
During the training phase, always use a treat. As your puppy improves, she will reach a point where she will spin just by following your hand without any treats, thou you should still reward her with one from your pocket at the end of a set.
The key here is getting her to focus and follow your hand at all time so only use treats she truly desire and make sure to go slow during the learning stage.
This is a great introductory to puppy training games as it teaches your puppy the concept of focus and training with you. Not to mention burning up all those pent-up energies too!
Teach your puppy to barrel roll from lying on her stomach position, on to her back and then back to her stomach again! An easy to learn yet classic among puppy training games.
It helps but not necessary to teach this trick on a gentle slope as following your hand and rolling down-slope is more natural for your puppy.
Finally, work this trick on a soft surface like a carpet or grass. Rolling on hard surface repeatedly is not comfortable for your little one.
To start off you need 3 small pails or small bowls and some dog treats. The goal of the game is letting your puppy guess which pail contains the treat!
This is perhaps one of the more mentally stimulating activity among this list of puppy training games.
Puppies tend to go straight to the last pail that produced the treat. You can help by putting the pails further apart from each other, eliminating her urge to sniff check every pail within her reach and making mistakes. Keep practicing!
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