Puppy Socialization and Games.
In my Puppy Socialization package you will find I always try to be a matchmaker. We pair dogs together that have similar play styles so not only will this build your puppies confidence but will also give your pups a workout. During Free Play, puppies figure out what is and isn't acceptable behavior, discover how their bodies work, and learn ways to interact with other animals and the world around them. My puppy classes teach you good management while your puppy is learning appropriate behavior. Mental stimulation in my class results in some tired pups when you get home. Here are some puppy interactive games to give your pup some mental stimulation which can help with problem behaviors like excessive chewing or barking.
Find the treat!
This is a great nose work game. You first want to place treats around the room out of the way but very easy to find. Now bring your dog through the house pointing out to him/her where the treats are. Do this a couple of times using the term find the treats. You can soon start hiding them under items that are still accessible. As your puppy starts to understand what it means to “find the teats” you can make it even harder hiding them under bowls or in crevices of his toys.
Name that toy!
When you are playing with a certain toy, name it. Anytime you pick up the toy keep saying the name of that toy to your dog. Throw the toy a little distance from the dog with the term go get “name of the toy”. When your pup gets the toy give him a treat. You will start to see your pup will associate the toy with the name and you can move to placing that specific toy with another to toy and asking to get “name of the toy”. Once you have mastered one toy name you can do another.
If you have been to my training room you will find the below poster hanging. This poster illustrates exactly what I try to communicate with people in my puppy socialization class. Enjoy and have fun socializing your pup.