Ever wondered how clever your pet is? Here are some great games to entertain you and your pet, while developing their mental abilities to learn, remember and detect. These will keep them mentally stimulated while teaching them some useful and impressive skills.
WHICH HAND IS IT
This is a very simple scent game which helps hone your dog or cat’s sense of smell by placing their favourite treats in the palm of your hands and let them guess which hand you’ve placed the treats in. Naturally, they have sharp noses, but as our beloved pets, they often do not need to use them. This game helps utilise their natural talent. We carry a fantastic range of tasty treats from only $3.95 that will make your dog drool! Check them out by clicking here.
TEACH THEM TO HELP
Dogs have been our comrades for centuries, as they love nothing more than being helpful (and the praise they get when they are). Teach them how to fetch your slippers, open doors, etc.
TEACH THEM WORDS
Teach them the names of their toys. On average dogs can learn 165 words which is as much as a 2-year-old child can learn! Some even as much as 250, with a border collie called Chaser learning as many as 1000 (roughly as much as a 3-year-old child)
GET INTO A ROUTINE
Try to do some stimulating activity before feeding time. This will make them associate following your commands with the pleasure of food and will ensure you remember to test them every day. Mix it up a bit, don’t always like them to sit, sometimes get them to roll over, or perhaps both so that they do not learn to preempt you. When it comes to feeding your pet, don’t forget to clean their bowls regularly for safety and hygiene.
THE CLASSIC GAME OF FETCH
This tests them physically and mentally and for many dogs is the epitome of happiness. To keep them on their toes see if you can get them to wait before they can fetch the toy you have thrown. With the CHUCKIT Ball Launcher, you get to throw the ball further with less effort. Check it out here.
EVEN CLEANING UP IS FUN – teach your dog to put their toys away. Have one place, basket or box where all the toys live. At the end of the play, session get your dog to collect all the toys and place them in the box, for each toy they successfully clean up you can reward them with a treat of a hug.