5 Popular Dog Training Games And Its Benefits
Dog training games can be use to complement your daily dog training activities to teach your dog basic commands and cultivate desirable behavior and at the same time foster your's interest in learning new things.
Many studies have also shown that dogs tend to learn faster and respond more positively to the training when the lessons are fun and innovative.
Using games during training, you will also provide your dog a natural healthy channel to expand out any excessive energies that might otherwise be use to chase animals, bark at neighbors or dig around your yard.
There are several innovative games you can play with your dog however these are the 5 more popular training games that you can start using immediately:
- Game of Exchange
Teaches your dog his name and the "Come" command at the same time by recalling your dog to come back to you in exchange for a reward like a pat or treat. Can be easily play throughout the day, your dog will soon be able to recognize the verbal command and come back towards you even without any rewards.
- Game of Fetch
Throwing a frisbee or ball, you teach your dog to follow and retrieve the item back to you. Allow your dog to exercise, develop enthusiasm and their natural retriever instincts. Also helps teaches your dog both the "Fetch" and "Drop It" command.
- Game of Tug-of-War
As the name suggest, a tug-of-war for the blanket or rubber toy – this game develops your dog physical powress and helps build up his confidence (if you let your dog win most of the time).
- Game of Hide and Seek
A very useful indoor game to teach your dog the "Wait" and "Seek" command during rainy days. You hide a treat or an object (preferably his favorite toy) and ask your dog to search for it. It also encourages the use of your dog's natural curiosity in constructive explorations and helps create familiarization around his/her surroundings.
- Game of Socialization
Spending time with people or other animals. This game develops the social skills of the dog and its connection with other animals and people.
There are also many benefits when you incorporate games into your dog training, such as:
- The games are good exercise and help your dog to keep fit, strong and healthy.
- The training games develop agility, responsiveness, attentiveness, vitality, and manners in your dog.
- The playing time create a great bonding opportunity for you and your dog to spend quality time together.
- The games help the dog to cope and adapt better to the changes in his life.
- The games helps you to communicate your commands to your dog more effectively as the process is less boring or stressful.
- The games is also an important aspect in social development to cultivate your dog curiosity and exploration instinct.
In all, dog training games are really a wonderful way for your your dog get stimulated both physically and mentally. Your dog will also actually be looking forward to his next training session once it realizes how much fun the training was.
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