An activity like fetch is a great way to bond with your pup, however, at some point or the other, this classic game can get a bit old. Just like kids, entertaining your fur baby can get difficult — especially when old tricks that used to do it have run their course.
The good news is that while games like fetch may have lost their charm with your pooch, there are many other ways to entertain your canine. Here are some activities that not only offer a fun time, but also increase mental agility, alertness and sociability.Bubbles galore
Who can deny the allure of bubbles? Kids and adults love them — and so do dogs! Bubble chasing is a great activity for your pooch as it mimics predatory behaviour, such as preying on small critters like birds and bugs in the wild. Not only do dogs love chasing bubbles being blown into the air, but also enjoy observing and snapping at the passing suds in the air. Just be sure to use pet-safe bubbles to ensure your dog’s safety!Splashing time
For dogs who love a good splash, this will be their favourite activity. This simple game requires only two things: A hose and water. This activity is especially great during the dry season, as it allows your dog to cool down whilst still having a jolly time at it. Whether it be some fun water activities at home or a splash about in at the beach, always keep in mind your dog’s safety and avoid deep waters.Hide and seek
A game that will work both their brains and senses, hide and seek is a simple activity your pup will enjoy, especially on rainy days outside. Have your dog sit and stay in one room, and go and hide yourself in another; once you’re ready, call your dog, and wait for them to find you. When you’re found, reward your smart pooch with their favourite treat or toy!Tug of war
A basic and classic game that only requires a rope, this activity allows your pooch to unleash some pent up anger on their toy instead of on the furniture. What’s more, with training, it can also teach your dog discipline with basic commands like “get it” and “let go”. Tug of war is a great way for both you and your pup to integrate a muscle workout into your daily bonding activities.Treat hunt
An activity that taps into your dog’s inner hunter, grab their favourite treat and hide it in the living room or yard. Make sure your canine doesn’t see where you place the treat as the main goal is for them to sniff it out. Once you’re ready, call your dog into the hiding zone and watch them sniff away towards their prize.Simon Says
For pups who are trained, this activity is sure to delight not only your canine but also yourself. If your dog knows basic commands, then grab some treats and test out your dog’s ability to listen to one command after another. Mix up the order so that your pooch stays on his toes, and of course, don’t forget to reward them every time they successfully follow through!