Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
Re: Confidence Building Games
Also, giving them a job is always a positive way to build confidence.
I have my keys on a small leather strap that fits around my wrist and I started giving them to Stark to play with in the elevator to occupy him. He started to carry them around with him in the elevator and hallway so I thought to myself, "why not let him carry my keys for me?". So I taught him to "bite" my keys, and "bring" the keys with him for me to the elevator and then again to the door to our apartment. He gets so excited when he gets to the door because he knows he gets to do a job.
He is so happy (head held high, tail wagging, prances down the hallway) when he is doing this for me it is so cute to watch. I alway make sure to say things like "Thanks buddy!", "Good job Stark", and make little praise noises like "wohoo!" at him. He gets even more excited when I do this too.
Anything that gives them a "purpose" will build confidence.
Another thing I have Stark do that makes him extremely happy is clean up after himself. This is a work in progress but we are working on it everyday multipule times a day. Stark has a toy bin that I put all of his toys into, he likes to pull them all out. When I am tired of looking at (or tripping over) them I tell him to "clean up". I will show him the toy, have him "bite" the toy and bring him to the toy box. When he "drops it" in the bin, I priase or treat. He will usually do 1 or 2 and then try to pull them out again but like I said, it's a work in progress. He loves to work, to be useful. It's fun trying to come up with jobs and things for him to do to keep his mind working.
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