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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!