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I live in Miami and rains ¾ of the year, even when I have a backyard I don’t want her to be alone there, so she spends most of the time indoors with frequent visit to the grass for her natural needs. My place is not too big and she can’t run without crash with something but I don’t want her to get bored either.
What kind of games can I play with her so she keeps busy and learning?
 

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Hi Frank, I will play hide and seek with my dog,Numa's toys and I also will hide from her so she has to find me. Although she get worried if she cant find me so I dont do that too often. Numa is one year old so she gets quite rambuntious when stuck inside. I also do some obedience work like sit,down,come,stay, wait. Those can be done in a small area. If you have a kong toy you can stuff it with peanut butter,can cheese and/or treats and either freeze it or just fill and give it to her. All those things will work her mind and that gets them tired also. I have enough space in my house to toss Numa her ball and she can do a bit of chasing. I also will do some tugging with her. You can also check on line or in a book and teach her some tricks such as give paw,high five,roll over.pick up her toys and put them in a basket. There are a wide variety of tricks you can teach her. I hope this helps. Good luck.
 

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Another idea might be clicker training,,,there are several great books out there that explain it and you can do lots of targeting and things. Lots of ways to make the dog use his/her brain. This might be great fun for both of you!
 

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CLICKER TRAINING! It's a new thing for you AND your pup to learn. Interactive and ALL about the pup learning to learn and learning to WANT to learn.

Here's a 6 month old puppy heeling OFF leash that was only taught by clicker/treats/toys (click here)

This is supposed to be wonderful too Crate Games (click here)

http://www.extendedyears.com/behavior/50006.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC367wKGi4M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icblVpvEvcA

http://www.revver.com/video/788654/charging-the-clicker-dog-trick-training/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC367wKGi4M

I personally feel many of us UNDER-value the training and bonding that happens when we work with our dogs to teach them tricks. It's amazing what our dogs can do with us, when we take the time to learn and then teach.

Teaching a trick the least important part of teaching tricks
(click here)

http://www.silvia.trkman.net/videos.htm#tricks
 

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We've begun playing "fetch the kids". I'll keep Shadow in my bedroom, and the two kids will run and hide in separate places. I tell Shadow, "find the kids", and he starts off searching. I like this for two reasons. The first is because I think it can be a handy tool if the kids get lost, or "hide" when we're on a hike, and second, it's the longest I have EVER heard both my kids be quiet. I'll admit, on one occasion, I "forgot" to send Shadow and had a nice 15 minutes before they figured it out!!!
 
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