Activities For Dogs With Best Sense Of Sight

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Introduction

There are lots of fun activities and games that you can play with all dogs. However, for some dogs who are particularly skilled, the basic games can be too easy. Don’t give up on the fun though, because there are always new ways to change up even the simplest game and challenge your dog’s strengths. In the case of an unusually talented dog, a more complex game could be needed in order to keep them entertained. For dogs with particularly good eyesight, creating activities that test this ability can be a great way to physically and mentally exercise your dog, as well as you! Getting physically active with your pooch is a great way to bond, as well as keep both of you in shape!

Hide and Seek

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Leash
Activity description

You can test your dog’s eyesight in several fun ways, one of them being a popular game that many humans enjoy; hide and seek! This activity is great because it involves both the pet and owner. By participating in fun exercises such as this one with your dog, you get to spend quality time together and can create a stronger bond. It can also make your dog feel closer to you, and can help teach them basic obedience tricks such as “sit”, “stay” and “come”. This activity is best played outdoors on a nice day and in a safely enclosed area. The game is moderately difficult, but should be easier for the dogs who have the best eyesight! Playing hide and seek is free and you do not need any special tools to participate, which makes it a great activity to play when you and pup are bored and have nothing to do. It is recommended to play this game for about 30 minutes to an hour, but can definitely be played for longer if both you and your furry friend are having fun!

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Scout a location
Hide and seek can be successfully played in your home, although taking the game outside can also be fun and may provide more challenge. Make sure that your setting has plenty of great hiding places, like possibly a forest or a park, but if you do choose to play the game outside, make sure that it is in a safe and enclosed area.
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Tell your dog to sit and stay
It can sometimes be easier to have another human helping out as you play this game because your dog will most likely want to watch you while you walk away in order to not lose sight of their beloved owner. Having a helper to keep your dog’s attention while you hide can definitely be useful.
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Call your dog by name and stay still!
Watch your excited pup run around trying to find you, and once they do, you make sure that you have a treat to reward them for using their exceptional senses of smell and eyesight! If you notice that your dog is having a hard time finding you, you should show yourself as to not stress them out. Once your dog has gotten the gist of the game, you can up the challenge by making your hiding place more difficult. A fun aid for your dog is for you to carry a heavily scented item, such as a toy covered in scent or their favorite aromatic treat. When they do find you, the reward will be great!
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Toy Hunt

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
15 min
Items needed
Dog Toys
Treats
Activity description
The following activity is similar the one above, but easier for the human! Instead of having someone hide, try to place one of your dog’s toys somewhere in the house for them to find! This is also a great way to play and exercise your pooch on those boring rainy days, as you can easily play this game inside. This activity is not too expensive; all you need is a toy and potentially some treats. Start off with one of your dog’s chew toys, and if they are having trouble finding it or are uninterested, add food! Toys that can have treats put inside are extra motivation for your dog to use their amazing eyesight to find the treasure. This game is moderately difficult, but can be made easier or harder depending on where you hide the toy.
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Show your dog the toy
For this game choosing one of their favorites or one that can have a treat put inside is best, as it is a good source of motivation. A squeaky toy is also a good choice, as it gives your pooch another sense to follow and will make them curious as to what is making the sound.
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Start the challenge
Make sure that your dog is in another room so that they don’t see you hiding the toy, as it will give the challenge and the fun away! Choose your hiding spot wisely depending on your dog’s size and skill level. Start off with an easy hiding spot, and if your pup finds their treasure quickly, try hiding it under or on top of things.
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Let your pup search
In an excited voice tell your dog to “GO!” They will race around the room searching for their toy. If they seem to be having difficulty, you can lead them in the direction of the toy. Next time, try hiding a squeaky toy and squeezing it before releasing your dog to let them hear the general area where it is hidden. Placing treats inside the toys will also help your dog, as they can use their sense of smell along with their eyesight.
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3 Cups

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
15 min
Items needed
2 to 3 cups
Treats
Activity description

The following exercise is a step up from the ones mentioned above, and focuses more on mentally exercising your dog, as opposed to physically. It's a fact that dogs can see moving objects better than they can an object that is still, so this means that a moving challenge will provide good stimulation. 3 Cups is a challenging but rewarding game, and a great way to test your dog’s eyesight as well as focus and overall intelligence. Many people have seen or heard of this game before, and might have even participated in it themselves. This activity can be played in any type of weather. A flat surface such as a floor or table is all that is needed, which makes it a great game to play indoors. For this game, you will need 3 cups and a treat, of course. This game can be tricky, and if you notice that your dog is having trouble you could start off with 2 cups instead of 3. Because of its difficulty level, you should only play a few rounds at a time, or around 15 minutes. You don’t want to make your dog frustrated or give them a headache!

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Set up the fun
The concept of this game is pretty basic and easy to set up. You simply need to take the cups and place them in a row on a flat surface where your dog can see, like a low table or the floor. Make sure that the cups can slide easily along the surface.
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Show your dog the reward
Next you need to show your dog a treat, but don’t give it to them! After your dog has seen and become interested in the treat, clearly place it under one of the cups. Make sure that your dog can see which cup the treat was put under, it’s the whole point of the game!
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Start rotating the cups
The next step is to start moving the cups slowly around each other, changing positions in the line. Only move the cups a few rotations at first, and increase the difficulty as your dog gets the hang of the game. After a few spins, stop moving the cups and let your dog choose which one they think the treat is under. If they were paying attention and truly have impeccable eyesight, they will be able to spot the cup with the treat and earn a yummy reward!
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Coordination Catch

Another classic that is great for your dog’s eyesight and coordination is catch. Make your dog sit, and throw the ball to them. If they really have exceptional eyesight, they should be able to catch it. See how far you can throw the ball and have your dog catch it; it is also fun to throw the ball at a fast speed. You will be surprised at how your pup with the best sense of sight will catch the ball with ease.


Fetch

This game is always a great way to keep your dog’s eyesight sharp. Try throwing the ball really far, and seeing if your dog can catch it as it bounces! Using a Frisbee also works.

Conclusion

These activities are fun for all dogs, but are best suited to those who have a great eyesight. Participating in the games together will be fun for both dog and owner, and can make your relationship stronger. Remember that if your dog is having difficulty finding you or the treats, simplify the exercise. It is better to take it easy while your dog is learning the game, as getting stressed and frustrated is no fun at all!