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A young dog will love the challenge of some puzzle games that will work their busy minds. With so many dog toys on the market, there is a wide variety and choice. Treat dispensing toys in all shapes and sizes, chewing toys, or even a puzzle where they have to push and rearrange things are all good fun. You don't have to buy toys all the time; with a bit of ingenuity and time, and you can whip up a game or two to test your eager dog. A young pooch will love any time spent with you; games encourage positive behavior which is then reinforced by a reward. Something to fill their belly always works! So grab a muffin tray, some treats, and plan a puzzle time with your dog. Mentally challenging games are just as exhausting as physical games, so wear that hyper pup out!
If it is spring and summer, then it must be time for swimming. Most dogs love to swim, but if yours doesn't - don't try and force them. Introduce them to the ocean, river or pool slowly. Let them get their confidence. Once your dog is happy to swim, then you can introduce games such as fetch the ball (choose one that floats), or if you have a pool, teach your dog to go in and get a certain toy such as a yellow duck. If you have trained your dog to know what the name of the toy is, it is so much easier. This exercise will provide a physical and mental workout, which is what you want for a young dog. Swimming and beach fun are ideal for socializing your dog as well as exercising them.
Check out what walkways are near you and see if they are dog friendly. Then, on a sunny day, fill a back pack with essential items such as water for you and your dog, treats, a small first aid kit, towel, and whatever else you need. At first light, venture forth! With your dog on a leash (or you will lose them as they chase shadows) and camera around your neck for selfies of you and your dog, relax and enjoy the countryside as you amble along. Any water holes you encounter will give super-pup a chance to splash and roll around. Lunch will find an attentive puppy, then a short rest before returning to the car park will fill up the day. Your young dog will relive this trip many times in their dreams.
Young dogs are so eager to learn. They love new things such as a different route on your daily walk, a new toy, a new game, as well as any attention that you can give them. Everything seems to go in their mouth, as it is a way of learning (sometimes the hard way) what objects are and what they do. After one mishap, you may think they will have learned their lesson and be more cautious. But no, young dogs don't work that way. They will still approach life with a flat out, headlong dive into it, to see what makes life tick. Don't overdo the exercise - jogging, stairs or jumps are not suitable for a young dog until their joints are fully mature. If you can drain some of the energy out of them through positive, non impact exercise and activity, then you have a great chance of raising a healthy, well trained dog. Enjoy their joy, their energy, their lust for life! It is a beautiful thing.