Some dogs need to always be doing something. It's not your job to keep your dog entertained throughout the day constantly, but there are some days when you know he needs to be engaged. But engaging your pup doesn't always mean physical activity. What happens on days when it's chilly and cold or there's rain pouring from the sky and you can't get outside for physical playtime? You can keep your pup engaged with simple games such as memory. These fun games engage your dog's mind and also keep him a bit active on days when he can't get out and play. This is perfect for puppies who are stuck inside and for dogs who are healing from injuries or surgery but have excess energy. A memory game is also a great game to teach your dog just to show off his amazing talent.
You don't have to think of a memory game as a board game with a bunch of cards and asking your dog to memorize pairs. Though you can teach your little guy this sort of memory game, you can also teach him something as simple as ‘Where's the treat?’ Training your dog to know where something is based on his memory will require an understanding of basic obedience commands first. He will need to understand not only the commands themselves but also how training with you works. So, if he's been through basic obedience training with you already he'll understand what it feels like to be in a training session where he can learn and succeed at a command and then be rewarded. Puppies are great at memory games as long as they've had some training under their belts. Adult dogs can also learn memory games as long as they want to engage and learn. This training will be about repetition and rewards.
To train a memory game to your dog you're going to need a few things. You should decide how you're going to hide something from your dog so he can find it. This may require treats and cups where you can play 'find the treat' or you can use small buckets or flower pots. You can also train your little guy to play memory the old-fashioned way as you did as a child with cards or paper and pictures. Once you have these items gathered, be sure to schedule some short training sessions in a place free of distractions. Though you might use treats as part of your game, be sure to also have extra treats on hand for rewards too.