If a child and a puppy grow up together, they both have a best friend for life. Besides cuddling and going for walks, they should play together, and exercise their brains. There are plenty of kids’ games that can easily be played with dogs, so arrange a play date for your pet and child, and watch them enjoy working on their skills.
This fun game is perfect for your kids to have fun with your dog. One person should stay with the dog giving him the cue to stay while everyone else hides. You can even count yourself and give the dog a cue to start looking. Each hidden kid should have a treat for your dog and reward him when he finds them. This game is fun for everyone and you can easily train your dog. It works both indoors and outdoors and you can spend the time during the cold rainy days with your best pal.
THE MUFFIN TIN GAME
Take a 6-muffin tin and put a small treat in each cup. Take the tennis balls you have and put them in about half the cups. While finding the uncovered treats, your dog will figure out that he has to remove the balls to find the treat. To take the game to a next level, you can take bigger muffin tins and put treats in only a few cups. Your children can hide the treats and help the dog find them, while laughing at and enjoying the dog’s quest. Everything you need for this game can easily be found at your local pet store. Another benefit of this game is that you can easily trick your dog into taking his medication or vitamins. You can easily hide them among the treats. Also, some dogs may figure out how to turn over the tin and spill all the treats and balls and end the game. You can go with it, or let your kids hold the tin and prevent the dog from knocking it over.
Training your dog to use his nose in order to find treasures is one of the great ways to stimulate his brain and all of his senses. Also, if a child joins the game, you can help your kid develop cognitive skills and teach him how to think and solve puzzles, while having fun. At the beginning have your kid hide a toy or a treat for a dog while the dog is watching and give the dog a cue to go find the treasure. Remember to reward him big time so he would be encouraged to play further. After the dog has got the gist of the game, let the child hide the treasure in another room. If you want to take this game to another level, you can make clues for your kid and hide one treasure for the dog and one for the kid and watch them find their treats together.
This game is a perfect opportunity for your dog and kids to go outside and move their bodies. Additionally, jumping rope will improve their eye and body coordination because they have to track the rope and jump over it. Of course, you will have to teach the dog to jump on cues and later follow the pace of the rope, but your children can help a lot with it. Train your dog to target the spot on the ground and jump on cue and let your children join. After all that is done, get a rope and have some fun in your yard.
Kids’ games can easily be adjusted for dogs, and your kids can have a new friend to play with. Not only will they all be entertained, but they will get to work on their motor and cognitive skills, stimulate their brains and have fun at the same time.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]EMMA LAWSON, guest blogger: Emma is a teacher, constantly improving her skills both as a teacher and as a parent. She is passionate about writing and learning new things that can help you to lead a quality life. She is a regular contributor to High Style Life. You can follow her on Twitter @EmmahLawson[/author_info] [/author]