Toy Hide and Seek

Lets Play Another Fun Game with Your Dog Tonight

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,

Toys are a Bridge to Endless Fun!

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!

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  1. elke says:

    what if he is not interested in toys and/ or does not know how to play? how to motivate/teach him?


    Minette Reply:

    use the search bar at the top of the page to search for my article on teaching dogs to play


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