When it comes to personalities, dogs are all different. There are dogs who are energetic while some are lazy. Some dogs are really affectionate while others aren’t. There are also dogs who are dozy while some are attentive. If you have a dog who’s focused and alert, you are in luck. There are many benefits to owning a focused dog. Firstly, a dog that is attentive is more trainable. This is because they know how to listen and are intent in learning. Another advantage of having a focused dog is that they are more aware of you. This means they can read your body language and sense your emotions. In this sense, they are more connected to you. Finally, focused dogs are more open to try new activities; their curiosity and willingness to learn will get them to follow orders in no time. With that said, here are some activities that you can try on your pooch.
The shell game is a simple and interesting game that will surely put your dog’s focus to the test. This game is a sleight of hand and involves hiding an item under inverted cups and moving the cups about to confuse the player. While the game is quite simple and straightforward, it becomes challenging since the player is a dog. Instead of hiding an item, use a dog treat to give your dog more of an incentive to play. This game is a perfect test of focus and alertness. It is also a good game that will keep your dog’s brain stimulated.
Dogs love to play with objects that are new to their eyes. They also love to chase things or other animals around. If your dog is focused, then playing with a flirt pole can help rouse their attention. A flirt pole is practically like a fishing rod, but for dogs. It refers to any pole or stick and a string with an object attached to it, usually a toy of some sort. You then use the flirt pole to entice your dog. This activity is similar to lure coursing, sans the machinery used in the sport. Again, this activity is an excellent form of physical and mental exercise for your dog. All that running around can also serve as a workout for you.
This game is simple and is best played during your routine dog walk. All you need for this activity is a bag of treats. While taking your dog out on a walk, toss some treats around your area when your dog isn’t looking. Then, command your dog to find the treat. This activity is not only rewarding for your dog, it also hones their focus and searching skills.
This classic game is made more fun when you are playing with your furry friend. You can play this with just your dog or with another person. First, command your dog to stay at a spot (or have the second person hold your dog) while you go and hide. When you’re settled in your hiding place, call your dog’s attention (or have the other person release your dog) and let your dog find you. When your dog locates you, give a treat and start all over again. This activity works well in both an indoor and outdoor setting.
Apart from the usual physical activity, dogs who are focused and attentive will also need constant mental stimulation. Having a dog with immense focus is a good thing; your dog pays more attention to you and is more receptive to your commands. Try any of these activities for focused dogs in order to inspire and fuel your pup’s active mind.