If you missed it, our winter session of K9 Kamp is now underway and last week we announced the challenge.
Let's all play Doggie Hide and Seek!
This week, we came up with our own version of "Find It." It works like this.
Step 1: I ask Rocco for a Down Stay
Step 2: I go to a different room (where Rocco can't see me) and hide a toy.
Step 3: I release Rocco from his Down Stay and ask him to "Find it"!
I used a PetSafe Rip 'N Tug Hammerhead Shark Dog Toy that has a nifty little pocket where you can hide a treat!
I found that this was a great way to start the game since Rocco is VERY motivated by treats. And as an extra bonus, after he finds the toy (and the hidden treat) we get to play a fun game of tug!
Tip #1: First, I created some motivation for Rocco by playing toss and fetch with the treat filled toy. Once he really LOVED fetching the toy I started hiding it in various places -- behind pillows, under his bed, etc. I tried to make it easy to start and then found harder-to-find places.
Tip #2: Regarding the Down Stay, we've also practiced that A LOT so that now I can put him in a Down Stay, walk out of sight, and he'll stay until I release him. If you don't have a rock solid Down Stay, work up to it by stepping away just a few feet at a time and going back to treat while your pup is still in his Down Stay. Once you go out of sight -- do it for just a moment at first and go back to treat your pup. Good dog!
Tip #3: Remember to give your pup a release word (ours is OK, some folks use FREE or RELEASE… it can be any word you choose) so your pup is very clear that it's ok to get up from the Stay!
Tip #4: Pups need mental as well as physical exercise and this game is a great way to get your dog thinking as well as a fun way for you to bond with your dog. I find a young pup like Rocco needs LOTS of mental and physical exercise so that at SOME point he'll actually lay down and relax!
Next week, we're planning on teaching Rocco to go hide in a box! Do you think he'll fit?
We'd love to hear about what you're working on so please leave us a comment and link up your post below too!
Don't forget to checkout our co-Kounselors Peggy's Pet Place and SlimDoggy to see what they've been up to too!
And, as a reminder, we're co-locating FitDog Friday and K9 Kamp for the next few weeks so you can link up here every Friday to share your FitDog AND K9 Kamp news! The last day of the winter session of K9 Kamp is February 21. Of course, there's no end to the fun at FitDog Friday, so that will continue on in between camp sessions!
AND, one more reminder… don't forget to enter our K9 Kamp giveaway for oodles of FAB prizes!
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And, from now through February 21, FitDog Friday will co-locate with K9 Kamp. So we'd love for you to link up all your FitDog AND K9 Kamp posts here!