Whether they are puppies or seniors, almost all dogs like games, which also boosts their self-confidence. Games are integrated into everyday life without much effort. “The big game book for dogs” offers some inspiration for this.
Cool temperatures and cold, wet evenings don’t particularly encourage spending time with the dog outside. So that the four-legged friend can also get rid of some energy in the apartment, there is “living room agility”. With imaginary obstacles, a personal course can be designed within your own four walls. For example, a rope can be stretched between two backrests or a broom handle can be attached. Cloths are tied to the rope or pole, strips of paper or beer coasters are hung up.
The aim is to get the dog to walk through this “curtain”. Tunnels and tubes are also particularly popular. Several chairs can be placed one behind the other. Another idea is to drape a blanket over a table or turn a large cardboard box into a tunnel. The shorter the tunnel, the easier it is for the dog to start. Tossing some treats in the tunnel will help get him going in too. Or the dog owner stands at the other end of the tunnel and offers his darling a treat. Coordination can also be practiced in a playful way, using a ladder that you lay on the floor. Most dogs have trouble using their hind legs consciously.
These are just a few of the numerous activities described in “The Big Game Book for Dogs, Activity Ideas – Fun in Everyday Dog Life”. There are also instructions for making treat machines or chewing games. According to the author Christina Sondermann, activity games have an additional benefit: if dogs master small challenges in their familiar surroundings, they gain self-confidence. Not only insecure dogs benefit from this. Simple tests of courage or brainteasers give all four-legged friends security for everyday life.