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    DefaultMind Occupying Games

    Can anyone suggest any good games to keep little mans mind active please ;D

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    DefaultRe: Mind Occupying Games

    Interactive toys -- Kongs, Buster Cubes, etc.

    Bones -- Nylabones, rawhide, marrowbones.

    Obedience workouts.

    Teaching new tricks.

    Hide the kibble around the house.

    Scatter kibble around the garden.

    Find the toy. Let the dog sniff a toy and then hide it somewhere. Guide the dog around the room (think Police dog handler) and ask the dog to 'sit' when he finds the toy. Praise the dog and throw the toy as a reward. They pick up on this game almost instantly. You can extend this game from finding a hidden toy to finding any hidden item.

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    Oooo thanks trickster...one questions what are Nylabones? im in UK not sure if we have them here or not? He has a kong and treat ball.

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    DefaultRe: Mind Occupying Games

    I'm also in the UK.

    And yes, we have Nylabones here. You can get them in any pet shop.

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    Hey Kaznalf, I'm from London where are you? To keep my girl active I use a kong and hide some of her treats in the garden. Although last night she was eating something and thought it was poo, told her off and the realised it was her treat :felt really bad :-[

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    Trickster gave you a lot of good suggestions.

    You can invent your own variations on those, too. For instance, I used to "hide" duck wings in easy to find places and then make them progressively harder as my Bess got progressively better at finding them.
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    DefaultRe: Mind Occupying Games

    Well, Trickster covered everything I was going to suggest and then some. Great suggestions.

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    Maz im in Lincolnshire

    Thanks everyone for your input! :-*

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    DefaultRe: Mind Occupying Games

    One other suggestion ~ I don't know if you have younger children, but my daughter (12) plays "Hide and Seek" with Shelby a lot. My daughter will put Shelby in a sit/stay, and then hide. When she says "Okay", Shelby knows to look for her. Besides working on the sit/stay command, it's hugely entertaining to watch!

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    Chowhound, I play hide n seek too. I also put them in a sit stay and go hide somewhere, then yell ollie ollie in free! They know that's the signal to come fine me. Willy always finds me first.

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