Games to Bond with Puppies
October 19, 2020

Puppies are a lot of fun but also a lot of work and responsibility. Whether you’re a new pet parent or not, it’s easy to become a “helicopter parent” and be worried about whether or not you’re raising them to be a well-behaved canine. One crucial aspect to keep in mind is that you need to be actively bonding with your pooch, to lay the foundation for a long, trusting, and loving future together. To help you build a strong bond with your new furball, here are a couple of fun activities and games to try out.

Use a Flirt Pole With Them

If you don’t own one already, then you most definitely should invest or DIY a flirt pole for you and Fido. Flirt poles allow you to play tug-of-war with your pup without getting your hands too close to their mouths. If you have a puppy, then you know they like to chew on just about anything, including your limbs. With their new teeth coming in, chewing can help relieve some of that discomfort. But, you don’t want to start a habit of letting Fido think it’s okay to bite and chew on people. So, using a flirt pole is a great way to help avoid that type of interaction.

Another pro about using a flirt pole is that everything is self-contained and attached. Fetch can be a challenging game to play with a puppy who doesn’t realize they need to bring the ball back to you, or they’re too tired to do so. With a flirt pole, the ball or toy is connected to a sting a pole that you’re holding onto. So, you won’t have to go and fetch the ball for your pooch anymore.

However, it is essential to note that if your four-legged friend has any sort of aggression or possessive issue, then tugging games are not usually recommended as they can encourage this negative behavior.

Play the Hot & Cold Game

The Hot & Cold Game is a great way to improve your pup’s listening skills and learn the different tones of your voice. The game is pretty simple; here are the steps to follow:

  • Hide a treat when your pooch isn’t looking
  • Now get your pup’s attention
  • Talk to them in a calm voice if they’re “cold” or moving away from the hidden treat
  • And as they get “hot” or closer to the treat, start to increase the excitement in your voice

You might have to guide your furry friend a few times. After all, they still are a puppy who has a lot to learn.

Get Some Puzzling Puppy Toys

Your puppy obviously needs physical stimulation through exercising to become strong and healthy. But they also need mental stimulation to build an equally healthy brain. Puzzle games are a great way to help your puppy learn how to be more focused and improve their memory. Here are a few to check out:

Spending quality time is the best way to build a strong bond between you and your new furry family member. Exercising, playing games, and giving them mental stimulation are all great ways that you can help your pooch grow into a strong, happy, and healthy canine.

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