Bloodhounds are the adorable big doggos also known as scent hounds, meaning that they primarily use their noses to hunt. They were bred for the hunting purposes, mainly for deer and boars, but they have proven to be quite useful in the search for missing people in many police cases. Their sense of scent is impeccable, making them fantastic tracking dogs, therefore, making it fun for them to look for things and retrieve missing items.
Since Bloodhounds are famous for their incredible tracking ability, you can use that as a setting for an exciting game of Find the Glove. Your dog is very familiar with your scent, having spent all their life with you, so using that fact, you can stage a lost and found inspired activity that will surely activate your dog’s incredible sense of scent. Using a glove or another item of clothing you have worn, you can allow your dog to enjoy themselves in trying to retrieve the lost object, making them feel proud when they do, and earning a delicious treat afterward.
Nothing more fun than finding a needle in a haystack, right? Well, maybe not for us humans, but Bloodhounds love finding their missing toys among a million others. It is kind of poetic really, just like a man in love can see his wife among million other women, a Bloodhound can find their favorite tennis ball in a pile of other balls that do not have their scent on it. The game is relatively straight-forward, take your dog’s favorite tennis ball and hide it in the pile of newly opened ones, with no familiar scent on them. Then watch as your doggo’s powerful nose takes them to their favorite toy!
When it’s rainy outside, and you and your Bloodhound are bored out of your brains, you can entertain one another by playing a game of Scent Trail. As you know, your dog’s nose is a powerful tool, especially when it comes to finding a delicious snack, so make your house into a playground by creating a little course of your own. Leave a trail of delicious scents that lead to the main prize, the tastiest snack your dog will ever taste! But make sure to keep it healthy! If the weather continues to be bad, you don’t want to add inches to your pup’s waist!
Similar to the cup game, place the treat in your hand and put them behind your back, shuffling the treat from one hand to another. Then, have your dog guess which hand has the gift!
To entertain your dog on a rainy day, play the cup game! Hide the treat under one cup, then shuffle it with two other ones and make them guess where the treat is!
Pluto, Napoleon from The Aristocats, Buddy from Cats & Dogs, and Bayard Hamar from Alice in Wonderland are the same Bloodhounds as your dear doggo. And just like these great pups, your dog is also a talented scent tracker, so you can use that supernatural ability as inspiration for your original games that you can play together. Your pup will always recognize your scent, so cherish that fact and provide them with lots of love, as they can help find you if you ever are lost somewhere in the great outdoors.