Interactive Games – Training Made Fun

While games of fetch and tug still hold high appeal for dogs and their owners, there is a new brand of game in town and its taking the doggy world by storm!  Interactive games for dogs are a unique and fun way to play and train your dog.  With multiple ways to use each and every individual game, your dog will never be bored and will become a firm believer that training time IS game time!  Available in many different shapes and styles, interactive games open up a

The Paw Spinner game offers many different levels and so many places to hide goodies!

The Paw Spinner game offers many different levels and so many places to hide goodies!

world of opportunities for your dog to learn and for you to stimulate his mind, all while having a grand time.

Dogs need mental as well as physical stimulation – sometimes its hard to devise ways to properly engage their minds.  Interactive games are just the ticket!  These games encourage your dog to problem solve in different ways – often ways that are directly shaped by you as his ‘trainer’.  In their pursuit of treats or a particular toy, dogs must find items by scent, use their noses and paws to move and slide doors and blocks and generally work out the best way to get what they want.  Oftentimes, it has been found, that the use of interactive games can help solve behavior problems in dog’s with particular issues – by involving their minds and bodies in a treasure hunt of sorts, the dog essentially has a job, something that can often be used to redirect unwanted behaviors.  Playing games can give confidence to a shy or scared dog and can be a tremendous training experience for puppies as young as 8-12 weeks.  The interaction between you and your pet can also be invaluable, helping to form a bond that can come only with the one on one time required to master each of the games and the many variations that they include.  Games can also be a boon for owners of older more arthritic animals who are still mentally sharp but not physically able to do the things they once did.  All of the games can be used in such a way that your older dog needn’t move much at all those parts that are

The Tennis Slider uses a tennis ball and a puzzle like sliding door system to make finding that ball a distinct challenge for your dog

The Tennis Slider uses a tennis ball and a puzzle like sliding door system to make finding that ball a distinct challenge for your dog

giving him trouble.

Made of plastic, our interactive games are easy to clean and maintain.  This means you can use any one of a variety of treats in them knowing that you will be able to completely wash it out before putting it away for next time.  No one trick ponies here – each individual game has countless variations that you can employ depending on what your goals are for that given session.  Perfect for when the weather outside is frightful, these games also excel in an outdoor setting where you can work with your dog amidst the many distractions that the great outdoors provides.  Start easy and work up to more difficult tasks such as only allowing your dog to use his nose or his feet to move the parts.  Its your choice!  Some of the games, such as the Mystery Tree and the Tennis Slider, substitute a tennis ball in lieu of treats for dogs who are far more toy motivated than food motivated.  There is a little something for everyone!  Have a dog who gobbles their food?  Feed them using the game – it will slow them down as they problem solve to feed themselves their dinner!

Interactive games are a fantastic way to work with your dog while having a blast.  By utilizing clickers, marker words, basic obedience commands or whatever suits your training style, you can take one single game and utilize it in so many different ways.  Invite your friends and their pets to a game night – stage contests to see who can solve it the quickest in any number of particular ways.  The options and possibilities associated with each interactive game will make you smile and make your dog one of the happiest pups on earth!