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  • Writer's pictureHeidi Kumpulainen

Brain games you can play with your pup

Dogs are not that different from us-they enjoy interaction and mental stimulation just like a little child would. It actually strenghten's the bond between you and your furry friend. Our pet sitters are happy to play some brain games that your dog enjoys while they do their doggy drop in visit's here on Maui.

  1. Fetch: Classic game where you throw a toy and your dog retrieves it. You can use a ball, frisbee, or any other suitable toy.

  2. Hide and Seek: Hide somewhere in the house or garden, and call your dog to find you. You can also hide treats around the house for them to find.

  3. Tug-of-War: Use a sturdy rope or tug toy and engage in a friendly game of tug-of-war with your dog.

  4. Agility Course: Set up a simple agility course in your backyard using household items like cones, chairs, and tunnels. Guide your dog through the course, rewarding them for completing each task.

  5. Find the Treat: Hide treats around the house or yard and encourage your dog to find them using their sense of smell.

  6. Interactive Toys: Invest in puzzle toys or treat dispensing toys that require your dog to solve a puzzle or manipulate the toy to get a reward.

  7. Bubble Chasing: Blow bubbles and let your dog chase and pop them. Just make sure to use pet-friendly bubbles.

  8. Flirt Pole: A flirt pole is like a giant cat toy for dogs. It's a long pole with a rope and toy attached to the end that you can use to entice your dog to chase and catch.

  9. Name That Toy: Teach your dog the names of their toys and ask them to fetch specific ones by name.

  10. Obstacle Course: Create an indoor or outdoor obstacle course using household items like chairs, cushions, and boxes. Guide your dog through the course, rewarding them for completing each challenge. If you set aside 10- minutes a day to play a game or two with your dog, they will benefit from mental stimulation and you will notice a stronger bond with you and your furr baby. If you have a game or two in mind our pet sitter's are happy to play some brain games with your dog while out doing a dog drop in visit with your pup.

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