Activities For Creative Dogs

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Introduction

There is hardly any creature in the world that you’ve come to adore more quickly than your dog. While you’re getting to know them better and getting accustomed to their habits and temper, you’ve realized that your canine friend is more than just an ordinary dog – it seems like they are keenly aware of their surroundings, almost as if they could even speak if they had a suitable speech apparatus. If this is the case, be sure to stimulate the cognitive and creative capacities of your dog because it’s a shame to let it go to waste. Have a look at our suggestions and, of course, feel free to adapt them to your dogs needs.

Trick Training

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 40 min
Items needed
treats
toys
patience
treat puzzles
Activity description

The absolutely best way to employ your dog’s outstanding capacity to be creative is to shape and discipline it, especially if you have a puppy. You know what they say – talent is just 10%, and everything else boils down to hard work and training. The great thing about trick training is the fact that while you’re improving your dog’s skills, you are also improving yourself. How, you wonder? Well, as unappealing as it may sound at first, you too have to oil up your creativity mechanisms in order to make this activity more than just an endless ‘Paw! Paw!’ screaming into the abyss. Don’t worry, because this activities are not as abstract as they may sound. Just follow these steps and invest into a few clever toys, and your training procedure will surely be not only successful, but also immensely amusing. 

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Start off with the basics
It’s unavoidable. You have to start off with the good ol’ drilling and repeating, but once you’ve laid down the task and established the command you are trying to teach, it’s a good and necessary foundation for branching the command into other actions, and simultaneously, making it more challenging and entertaining. So, if your ultimate goal is to teach your dog to carry your bag of groceries, the first thing to do is to teach them the ‘Drop it!’ command.
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Practice as often as you can
It’s no use if you practice all day and just forget about it the next morning. Try to have your training sessions as frequently as you can, and soon enough, you’ll get tangible results. The trick is to keep it sweet and short – 30 minutes a day will do.
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Spice it up
Try to use various smart toys to add variety and also, to predict all possible situations and combinations of this command. You have a myriad of so-called treat puzzles, and these are great for developing skills, stimulating your dog’s creative juices, and for giving your dog the necessary incentive to pay attention. Imagine eating Oreos at the end of every task during your work day without getting fat – that’s the sensation your pup feels once they figure out the puzzle. You could use regular stuffed KONGs, or go digital and choose an interactive treat puzzle – it’s completely up to you.
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Ring stacking

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
20 min
Items needed
treats
puzzle game
clicker
Activity description

Ring stacking can be a fun activity for multiple reasons, especially if you happen to be a carpenter - then you’re able to design and build a little custom-made wooden ring-stacking course. If not, you could always buy one of these, but with keeping in mind the size of the toy and the size of your dog. This activity is great for training your dogs eye-paw coordination, and overall agility of both mind and body. Also, this activity is the perfect opportunity to introduce and practice a training technique that is called clicker training. This technique is indispensable because it uses sound cues (clicking) to condition the dog when they do a good job. By only giving out treats, the handing out can be too slow and your dog may not even figure out that it is connected with the training. Try out this technique through these steps.

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Set the rules
Your dog perhaps won’t be able to assume what it is that they ought to do. In their minds, the construction in front of them probably looks like just another ridiculously complicated human contraption. That’s why you need to establish a framework in which this toy makes some sense to your dog. Be sure to use both treats and clicking – by stimulating both the gustatory and the auditory perception, you’re shaping the previously pointless and chaotic game into a systematic training.
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Stack away
Besides the obvious advantage of bragging in front of your friends and showing off your clever dog when they come over, this game will ultimately prove to be a great dog-pleaser as well. Once they master it, the game ceases to be a torture tool and becomes a fun habit. Both your dog and you will probably spend hours stacking up the rings and thinking up new combinations and variations to this activity.
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Paint it Black

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Any Day
Expensive
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
big canvas
newspapers
paint (natural ingredients)
Activity description

There’s an amazing painting called "Sunset over the Adriatic", painted in 1910 by J.R. Boronali. It was praised for its bold strokes and vivid imagery at an exhibition in Paris, but what you may not know is that in actuality, this was a work of art done by a monkey named Lolo. This is a famous experiment thought up by an art critic who wanted to test the social contexts that influence the art world, but if you look at it from another perspective, the great thing about art is that good and valuable art is a completely relative concept to begin with, and with that in mind, anybody has the capacity to be an artist. Sure, that may sound far-fetched, but when you think about it, it is pretty narrow-minded to think animals cannot create true art. So put your hands and paws into some paint (made from natural ingredients) and put your and your dog’s creativity to the test. Who knows, you might have a Pawcasso in the making. 

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Prepare your atelier
Let’s face it – this activity is going to be messy. But keep in mind that the end result will certainly be worth the trouble. Therefore, make necessary preparations to minimalize the mess, and be sure to buy paint that is based on herbs, non-toxic watercolors, body paint or the like.
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Get creative
The purpose of this activity is to have fun and do something that will leave a beautiful, tangible testament to your human-canine friendship. You have a million options – you could guide your dog to make a certain pattern, or you could randomize and let your dog guide the artistic process. It’s completely up to you. Whatever you choose, it will surely be an unforgettable experience.
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Parkour

Parkour is like street ballet. Take your dog into the concrete jungle and put their agility and strength to use. This could be a perfect activity both for you and for your doggo – no need to take them to a long walk after all the jumping and climbing.

Shell Game

You hide the treat in a cup, and shuffle it with other cups that are empty. The dog has to guess where the treat is, but from a distance. This game is perfect for sharpening your dog’s cognitive abilities and attention span, which will, in turn, boost creativity.

Conclusion

It’s a common mistake to think that dogs do not have a vivid imagination and that they are thoughtless. They dream, love, and grieve just like we do. So, explore their creative and cognitive capacities to the fullest, nurture and discipline their talent. The best part of such commitment on your side is the fact that, with your dog’s development, you will surely make progress as well.