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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-28-2012, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Yesterday I played hide and seek with Chief in our basement in the dark. I had Chief stay at the top of the stairs and I had some dog treats and pieces of bread. I would hide then call him and he would sniff all over until he found me. Was quite funny he was right next to me a few times and didn't find me until he made another couple rounds if he took awhile and he was on the other side of the basement I would make a sound and it would perk him up and he would run all over to find me. I think this tired him out more than any amount of exercise I have given him and he seemed so happy and egar to find me. Plus him running up and down. The stairs was tiring him out, because everytime he found me I would go to the stairs point and say upstairs then I would hide again.

I was wondering what are some other fun mentally stimulating games We could play to tire him out.

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There are TONS of 'tricks' that you can teach your dog. Fastest is to use the clicker..

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I have been working on roll over with him and he is doing awesome. I started it earlier in the day, but was getting frustrated, so we stopped. He was so excited about the blongia. He was chomping everywhere bit my hand then when I was bending downtown curve my hand around his shoulder so he would follow it he swung his head trying to get the treat from the other way and smacked me him the mouth and gave me a bloody lip. I decided we would try outside at night instead less distractions and softer than hardwood floor. He was to to excited for me to hand him the food, so I have to toss it, but I only have to make minimal movement and he will roll. I haunt added a cue of course, but all I do is bend down and touch his shoulder. I didn't think he would catch on as fast as he did. He sure proved me wrong. Shows what a nice break does he seems to be super proud of himsel

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Bought Chief a new toy today a Kong wobble he just loves this thing!! it didn't take him long to figure it out just lots of up beat praise from me to keep him trying until he figures it out. He is all over the kitchen floor with it diving at it and everything he had a blast and it was good exercise for him he's not tired or anything, but more relaxed and panting he just has a happy look in his face instead of packing around looking bored. I just put in a half a cup of is dog food it is fun watching him think trying to get the food out I never bought this before, well because frankly I didn't think he could figure it out I guess I doubt him to much.

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We encourage our clients who want to mentally stimulate their dogs to take up tracking.

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Is that something I can do at home?? I have kind of laid off training for a bit giving him a break as for awhile I would try and teach him something or do a trick he already and if he didn't get it the first time he would cower off and shut down. I adopted him like 8 months or so ago from an abusive household, so he gets upset easy I have more been trying to play with him and build a stronger bond then will slowly try andbring the training back in.

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You can start tracking in your front yard (if you have one). You can also teach hide and seek type stuff inside.

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Teach your puppy tricks. Obedience training is good mental stimulation, but nothing wears my boy out faster than learning tricks. And its awesome to be able to show off afterwards

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I life in a duplex, i have a shared large back yard no fence. How would i begin tracking i think he would have fun he is always useing his nose around the house it would be just for fun of course.

R.I.P- Smokey my GSD/Husky. You are my hero, my heart, my soul and you will forever remain in my heart. You were a true companion. I love You and miss You so much. Run like the wind!!

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You could try some of the tricks here:

Tricks for Better Thinking Skills DVD
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Clean Run: Tricks for Better Thinking Skills DVD

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