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From mental stimulation games which can be just as tiring for a dog as a walk or run. To nostalgic games your dog will love. We have put together our favourite ways for you and your dog to pass the time over the winter months. 

Towel Enrichment Roll Ups

This game is simple and cost effective, all you will need is a towel, your dog’s favourite treats (we recommend dry, bite sized treats) and your dog of course! 

  1. Lay the towel out on the floor, table or other flat surface and scatter treats. Your dog will take longer to locate the treats so we suggest this approach. 
  2. Roll your towel up tightly and tie it in a loose knot. 
  3. Get your dog to sit or place and give them the towel & watch them try to locate the treats by solving the puzzle of how to get it undone! 
  4. Praise your dog and remove the towel once treats are found. 

More of a visual learner? You can view a video demonstration here

Snuffle Mats 

A great indoor way to meet your dog’s cognitive needs, snuffle mats can be purchased online or from your local pet store. All you need to do is hide treats within the folds for your dog to find. 

Garage fun

If you’re fortunate enough to have a garage space or large shed with enough room, this can be used as an excellent arena for ball games. Just be sure there is enough space for you and your dog to move around safely. 

Hide & Seek

Not just for humans, this childhood favourite is loved by dogs too.

Have a friend or family member put your dog in another room and let them out once you have hidden around the house. Call your dog from your hiding spot and see if they can detect your scent to find you! As silly as it sounds, your dog will be so excited to see you and the game can provide some much needed laughs over the gloomy winter months. 

 

Winter can be a difficult time for both owners and dogs. It can also be a great time to refresh your training or get on top of troublesome behaviour before the summer months. Our In-home & On-site training sessions are available all year round, book online today.  

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