There are a lot of milestones to be achieved when it comes to training your puppy, but beyond that it is the obvious skill and relationship that helps in building training, another advantage is that it challenges your puppy and ultimately makes them smarter.
Beyond the basic training methods, there are also a plenty of fun games that will be very stimulating other than of being entertaining or both of you.
1. Teach Your puppy to Make Eye Contact
It is very essential to teach your puppy to give you eye contact. Hold the treat to your forehead or by your eye and ask your puppy to look at you and slowly fade the food to use a hand signal and a verbal command to ask your puppy to look at you. Not only does this basic behavior help you get your puppy’s attention when he is distracted, but the eye contact also triggers a release of happiness hormone in both you and your puppy. Oxytocin is the hormone for attachment between parent and child.
2. Switch Up Your Puppy for Walking treat
This is an interesting game, if you really want to make sure you have your puppy’s undivided attention every now and again then you should switch up your walking routine. An easy way to do this is by changing the route you typically take when you take your puppy for a walk. You can start off by going in a different direction or making a left when you normally take a right but can also try somewhere completely new to challenge your puppy even more.
Exposing your puppy to new sights, smells and sounds will throw them off with immense joy, so you want to make sure that they are paying attention to you and following your lead. Make sure before exposing your puppy to a new walking environment that it’s safe for both of you.
3. Hot & Cold Game
The Hot & Cold game primarily uses verbal communication and tone to help the puppy find a hidden treasure, treat or toy. Hide a treat when your puppy is not looking. Use a calm tone for colder if your puppy moves away from the hidden treat. Use a more excited tone for hotter as your puppy gets closer to the hidden treat. This game increases listening skills. It also helps build the special bond shared by you and your puppy.
4. Teach Your Puppy to Solve a Problem
This is a very interesting and easy game, and your puppy will surely love it. Let your puppy figure out how to pull a string to get a treat. Tie a piece of ribbon or small rope to the treat and hide it under a small platform or piece of furniture, far enough back so they cannot reach the treat with their mouth or paw. Encourage your puppy to investigate and see how long it takes for him to tug on the string to retrieve the treat. Reasoning skills are essential for developing puppies and older dogs in the same way. Successful problem solving is also a big confidence booster.
5. Play Hide and Seek with Your Puppy
This isn’t just a kid’s game. It’s a fun game to play with your puppy with you being the ultimate reward. Ask your puppy to stay and sit, while you take your time finding the perfect hiding spot. When you’re ready, ask your puppy to come and find you. Since puppy’s have the sense of smell so it is pretty incredible, it shouldn’t take very long for them to find you. Reward them once they find you. Over a period of time, you can pick more challenging spots to hide in, so they have to do some extra hard work to figure out where you are.