luni, 14 mai 2012
Playing scent games with your dog is a lot of fun. It doesn't require a lot of training and you can get started right away. It's also easy on your physique, as you won't be running around or anything. Your Pug will love you for it.
Interestingly, all dogs have a good sense of smell. Whether it's a Pug or not, a dog learns to rely on his nose from day one. Dogs use they're sense of smell even before they have functioning eyes and ears, they use it to find they're mother's milk.
Whether or not you think he'll like it is unimportant, you try it and if he likes it, good. When you hear how easy it is to get started with the first game you'll wonder why nobody ever says anything about it.
How to have a happy dog using scent games
Any dog can play scent games, and best of all you don't even need a lot of training to do it. Keep in mind, simple is best. Watch how your dog agrees. Try it out and watch your dog's disbelief at your genius.
The point of the game is to make your dog use his nose to get a reward. Grab a treat in one hand, make sure he doesn't see, and make closed fists. Now put your hands out and ask him to find the treat. Good performance is awarded with the genius award, naturally.
Easy as this sounds it works at a very deep level. You're making your dog use his most basic tools to find food. On the prowl you may be, and you still don't leave the living room. You might not think it's big, but your Pug will.
This is but the basic game, and you can spice things up easily. Have a few paper cups and let him pick the right one, just like a shell game. Let him find out that it's ok to touch, push and even paw the cup out of the way to get the treat. This is supposed to be fun.
Next you can start adding spins. You can keep getting more proficient at it until your dog can beat your friends at the shell game.