Searching for fun dog games to play with your furry friends?
Dog Runner - by Skyler
1. Tie the rope on the handle tightly and put the small rocks inside the milk carton.
2. Grab the end of the rope and tie it so that there's a circular loop for your hand.
3. Find a place were you and your dog can run.
hold the rope by the circle and start to run.
When your dog hears the
small rocks inside, he/she will start to run after it.
Bouncy Scented String Looper by Laura from Connecticut
She describes how a sock, tennis balls, and a shirt provide the perfect opportunity to play games with your dog!
Chase a Treat Dog Toy by Allison from N. Carolina
All you need is cardboard, tape, yarn, and a treat. First tape a treat on the cardboard. Then tape a piece of yarn to the cardboard, and there you have it - a nice chase a treat toy!
And two more visitor ideas:
And here's another by a young visitor from Barstow, California, named Tatiana:
"I like to play this game with a bunch of dogs. I toss a piece of dry dog food out to the lucky dog.
This game works well for dogs that are different sizes. I played this with a 3.7 pound Chihuahua, a Toy Poodle, a Pit Bull mix, and a full grown adult Yellow Lab."
(Tatiana went on to tell us that the dogs all bonded together, although the Lab and Pit Bull have sadly since passed away.)
Hide treats and have your dog find them! This can be good for teaching commands such as "Find" or "Search."
How to Play:
Method 2, suggested by Kara from Massachusetts:
Once your dog knows which cup, he/she will have a good time trying to nose or claw the cup away from the treat.
I used to play this with Comet when I was riding my bicycle in an open space area with no one else around.
I found this one to be really good training for him to keep an eye on me and not stray. With a slower dog, you could do this on foot.
It was also one of the more fun ways to exercise him in urban places.
How We Played It
I would bicycle around and wait until Comet was clearly paying attention to something else. Then I would quickly pedal as fast as I could in another direction. The trick was to do it with as little noise as possible.
Once he saw me, he would come after me like a blue streak! Naturally, I would laugh and praise him once he caught up to me... Being of Shepherd heritage, he would sometimes nip me a little to remind me who was herd boss!
Here's another fun dog game provided by Kara from Massachusetts:
First, ask someone in another room to hold your dog. With the dog in
the other room, hide somewhere. Ex. behind the couch or curtains or
bury yourself under pillows. My dog loves this game!
Another way is if you know exactly where you are going to hide, throw your dog's toy up or down the stairs or the hall so they go after it, and then quickly hide. Call your dog's name. Fun game!
Someone who tried this said: My dog LOVES playing hide & seek--great suggestion! We play it on rainy days when we can't go out for a walk, but I want to keep her entertained so she doesn't get up to any mischief. I live alone, so there's no one to hold her while I hide, but that's actually a great opportunity to do a little obedience training--I just put her in a down-stay on her bed (that's home base!), and then I go hide around a corner or in another room. If she "cheats" and starts to look for me before I call her, I just cheerfully take her back to "base" and start over. When I'm hidden & ready, I say our release command: "alright!"--and her reward for sitting & staying is the excitement of getting to find me! (In the beginning, I also had a dog cookie in my pocket to reward her when she found me--but that's not necessary anymore.) My dog has severe separation anxiety, and our trainer recommends trying to break her habit of following me around the house 24/7...this game is a fun, no stress way of working on that! Who says obedience training can't be fun?!
The Whipwhir is pronounced whipper. This was one of our fun dog games that got Comet going, literally!
We used it both indoors when he needed a quick workout, as well as outside when we didn't want to leave the yard. It was also useful in training him to "Leave it!" and "Drop it!"
The object is this dog game is to try and prevent your dog from catching an item you are whipping around.
A pole* (an old broomstick handle or the equivalent), a rope tied to the pole, and an item tied to the other end of the rope. This could be an old sock or two, some rags, a tennis ball in a sock, an old stuffed toy, etc.
*The pole is optional. We have also used a leash instead of the rope.
Instructions for Playing
Another of the fun dog games is an idea submitted by Naomi of Adkins, Texas:
"You know the game Truth or Dare, right? If you do, I made the dog version on how to play. It is very easy and simple.
Instructions for Playing
1. Pick your dogs for the game. You can have up to 5 dogs/puppies with their people. [We think more could be possible if the space is large enough and the dogs well trained. In other words, this could work well at a dog birthday party or at an obedience class graduation.]
2. Dogs should be standing.
2. Commands are:
3. Ask Truth or Dare?
4. Dogs that go into the Down position when you say Truth get a treat. If a dog does anything else, no treat.
5. Likewise, if you say Dare, reward the dogs that get into a Sit position.