Taking your dog out for a walk is one of the best things you can do for them, as they love being active and playing outdoors. But if you want to start making your dog walks a little more memorable, or simply strengthen the bond with your four-legged friend, we suggest introducing a few games to make the most of open spaces.
Start by being creative. Using sticks and stones, you can put together an obstacle course for your dog to enjoy. This can be done in local parks and gardens, providing the space is large enough. By helping your dog to complete these obstacle courses, you’ll teach obedience and increase trust over the long-term.
Believe it or not, you can actually play a game of ‘Hide and Seek’ with your dog. Simply grab a handfull of your dog's favourite toys and hide them in different places in your back garden (again, providing there is enough space to do so). It’s important to ensure that your dog stays in the house while you hide the toys, as this makes the game more interesting for your pooch. When they find their toys, reward them with enthusiasm and few treats.
‘Tug-of-War’ and ‘Fetch’ are just some of the classic games that dogs tend to enjoy. They’re especially good games for younger dogs who are energetic and like to run around. ‘Fetch’ is an excellent game to teach dogs obedience and maintain a good level of fitness. Plus, dogs never get tired of retrieving sticks or balls!
Another game you can play with your dog is ‘Paw Basketball’. To play this, all you need is a basket and a tennis ball. The objective of the game is to teach your dog to retrieve the ball, before placing it in the basket. It can be made more challenging by hiding the ball and placing the basket at a safe height. Should your dog succeed, congratulate them enthusiastically and give them a small treat.
For further information about Oscar & Hooch products, please call +44 (0)1934 713667, or email email@example.com.
Can All Dogs Swim
7 things to think about when it gets hot for your dog….
Five amazing Easter hunt ideas for your dog
Simple training techniques to improve your dog's obedience
How to travel comfortably with your dog in the car
Meet our very first ‘Dog Walk of the Month’ giveaway winner
Five outdoor games to play with your dog
Our recent visit to Medical Detection Dogs
What to look for in a memorable dog walk
The principles behind keeping your dog happy and healthy
10 dog walking resolutions for 2015
Complete your family Christmas by adopting a rescue dog
How to assemble the ultimate Christmas stocking for your four-legged friend
Simple ways to decorate your home for Christmas with your dog in mind
Medical Detection Dogs get the green light for first breast cancer detection trial
How to prepare for those festive winter dog walks
Easy ways to keep your dog calm on Bonfire Night
Lovely in green
Pretty in pink
International sucess for collars and leads