So, this weekend was indeed VERY cold and since my dogs can't keep themselves amused playing NintendoDS I took it as an opportunity to try out some of the indoor games for dogs that I blogged about last week.
See the original blog here: http://www.petcareofduluth.com/1/post/2013/01/too-cold-to-play-outside.html
I tried out The Muffin Tin Game, Go Wild and Freeze, and Cups; we haven't attempted Name That Toy yet.
The games all went really well! I made the dogs take turns playing the Muffin Tin Game and Cups so when they got their shot at it they were really excited.
The Muffin Tin Game was probably the easiest to get them to play. They love treats and they love tennis balls so it was a win-win. However, a couple of times the entire tin was simply tipped over.. I think this game would be great for meal times, especially for dogs who inhale their food. Eating their food in this method would slow them down, which is safer, and would make meal time longer and more fun.
I did not get any good pictures of my own playing the Muffin Tin Game, but check out these dogs playing: http://jprairiedogs.blogspot.com/2011/03/muffin-tin-game.html
My dogs caught on to the simple version of Cups really quick. So quick, in fact, I ended up making them stay in a different room while I placed the treat under the cup because otherwise they watched me and immediately knew which cup to go for. They had a lot of fun with this game but I would like to put a little more effort in to it and teach them "Paw" or "Touch" so that they can touch the cup with the treat instead of knock it over with their noses. I think this would add a little more mental stimulation to the game.
Go Wild and Freeze was a really fun game because I let both dogs do it together. Just a friendly tip, if your dogs are big and hyper make sure to do this game in a large room with relatively few breakables. I frequently dance around my house like a crazy person with my dogs so they caught on to the "Go Wild" portion really quickly. Adding the "Freeze" was really fun though because it got the dogs to anticipate a command and they were more focused on me than they would usually be. I started with sit and then progressed to a down and stay. I made them wait longer and longer in between each "Freeze" and "Go Wild" portion. I think this game is a really great indoor activity that will get out some of their "zoomies" while teaching them something at the same time! I do, however, think your dog will need to know "All done" for this game, or they might want to play all day!
Do you have any favorite indoor games for your dogs?