How To Teach Your Dog Tricks (Play Hide And Seek)?. This is one of the cutest games you can play with your dog. As a puppy, they will not easily be able to follow the first step, namely having them sit and stay at the top of the stairs while you go hide. If you can train them early, even cuter. Otherwise, it is still plenty of fun to play hide and seek with you adolescent or adult pet.
- Once your dog is sat at the landing, you go down and hide. This part is obvious enough to a lot of people.
- Cue words are absolutely important. Sit and stay are the most crucial for this game. It is not like playing with a human, duh, so you need to keep saying ‘stay’ as you head to your hiding place.
- The dog’s sense of smell is sharp enough to find you (not that you stink or anything, in which case your pet will run away from you). Get to your hiding place in the meantime.
- Once you arrive, say something funny, slightly high-pitched, and attention grabbing for your dog. For instance, say ‘Save Me!’ in a pitched voice.
- Your dog will start looking for you. At first, they will rely on the sound to guide them; where did it come from. Next, they will resort to their sense of smell. Before long, the dog will get to you.
- It is a great bonding experience, not to mention amusing, to play this game with your pet.
- If or when your pet gets overly excited after finding you, let them frolic about. They will leap, bark, even play-bite – no harm done, they are careful when they do this, so don’t worry.
- These games are great ways to stimulate a dog’s senses especially in wintertime when they cannot often go outdoors to play.
- Do not hide in an overly undiscoverable spot. The aim is to let your dog find you soon but not too soon, otherwise they will lose interest and leave you playing the game on your own; stuck in your hiding place assuming your pet is out to find out when in fact they have indulged a nap.
- Praise and pet your dog each time they find you. It is their reward, which they are more than glad to receive (if only people could be more like dogs).
If you like, you can video graph the entire thing and play it back for your pet to see; if they have a penchant for watching television and noticing things moving on the screen. They might just react in surprising ways, you never know.