Toy Hide and Seek
Tonight I want you to play a game of toy hide and seek with your dog’s toy.
Find a toy that your dog really enjoys, I personally prefer playing this game with squeaky toys and grab a human partner or two if you have them available. You can even use the toy that you named in last week’s game.
Grab the toy, squeak it and show your dog, hopefully he will get excited, now hide it behind you, or sit on it or stash it behind a pillow and encourage your dog to find it.
Tell him “Find It” if you are using the toy with a name use it “Find your ball!” and praise him as he gets closer and closer to it. If he scratches and uses his paws to move objects, praise him! If he digs his nose down toward the toy, praise him! He may need your approval to really feel like he can get into this game!
Allow him to grab it and play with it for a minute or two, then have him release it and toss it to your helper while you hold his collar and they hide the toy.
Let him go and encourage him to find the toy. You can praise him as he gets closer. It is like a game of hot and cold, as he gets hotter; praise if he gets colder just wait him out.
Continue tossing the toy back and forth among family members and having them hide it. As the game progresses you can make it more and more difficult to find.
I love this game because it is so interactive and I don’t have to put a lot of effort into it. I can hide the toy in my pocket, in my blanket,
under the pillow, under the sofa, behind the sofa, in my sock, under my rump and a lot of other places without really even having to get up! I simply hide the toy and wait for him to sniff around and find it! I love doing this in the evening as I curl up and watch TV.
It is great fun for you both, and is even more fun and funny if you get up and incorporate other rooms of the house.
You don’t even have to exert much effort for this one, so grab a toy and play a little game of Toy Hide and Seek!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.