Dogs love to use their noses; it's one of the reasons you find them digging through your dirty laundry and exploring garbage on a dog walk. For dogs who suffer from seizures, engaging their brains in short bouts of concentration games can help build cognitive function and improve an overall sense of well-being. Treat Tug O'War is a fun game that allows your dog to be in full control. Best of all, they get a treat for all of their efforts. For this particular game, it is best to use a sturdy treat like a baked cookie. While you can use meat or an item like cheese, people food tends to break down easily and can leave stains on your flooring and books. This game is a bit like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow for your dog. Who doesn't find it irresistible to yank on a string to find out what is on the end of it? It's a great way to engage your dog's mind in a fun pursuit. Treat Tug O'War also offers your dog a small amount of physical activity. It's just enough not to overtax a dog that needs rest and quiet but sufficient to get their body moving a little bit.
On a rainy day, there is nothing like a little brain game to help keep your companion feeling tip top! Grab a muffin tin and enough tennis balls to fill each of the openings. Select several different treats to fill in some of the holes, taking care to leave some open. Place the treats in the openings then cover each opening with a tennis ball. Place the tin on the floor and allow your dog to have some fun unearthing their treasures.
Why not grab some popcorn or some small bite-sized treats and test how good Buddy's reflexes are? With your dog seated in front of you, toss a piece of popcorn or treat into the air. Buddy will scramble to try to catch it. It takes very little time for your dog to catch on to this game, and dogs of all breeds and sizes love it! After all, what could be better than running after a treat?