Games to Play With Your Dog
Looking to keep your dog mentally stimulated? Try some fun brain games with your dog or have us work with them to enrich their lives. When you’re home or during a Visit N' Play from our experienced and trained pet service professionals, it is important to keep your dog happy and busy!
Fun Brain Games To Play With Your Dog
One of the best ways to keep your dog happy is to play games with him. This creates mental stimulation for him, as well as bonding time for both of you. If you’re looking for some fun new ideas to try with your dog, try one of these mentally stimulating games:
- Find the treat.
- Food dispenser toys.
- Dog puzzles.
- Which hand?
- Shell game.
- Hide and seek.
This game is a simple one for your dog to learn, and only requires a few tasty treats for your dog. Begin by telling your dog to sit and stay, then place the treats in separate spots nearby. Tell your dog to “find the treats”, and encourage him when he picks up each one. Repeat this until your dog understands what “find the treats” means, then begin hiding the treats in increasingly difficult places. Eventually, you can begin hiding the treats around the house for your dog to find, making it an exciting game for him with a great reward!
Toys with fillable holes are a great way to give your dog the mental stimulation he needs with minimal effort on your part. Place treats or peanut butter inside the toy and give it to your dog; he’ll do the work to try to get the treats out. These types of toys can also be made at home using items a simple as an empty toilet paper roll filled with cream cheese.
Dog puzzles are another good product to keep your dog busy and happy. While they come in a wide variety of options, they typically have the same goal: to retrieve the reward. One example of this is to use a muffin tin, treats, and tennis balls. Depending on the size of your dog, select a ball and muffin tin size that will fit the ball. Place kibble or treats in the bottom of the muffin sections, and place a ball over each one. The dog will need to figure out how to remove the ball to get the treats.
This game is simple to play and an easy way to stimulate your dog’s brain. Simply place a treat in one of your hands, allowing your dog to watch. Close your hand into a fist, and make a fist with your other hand to match. Hold out your hands and allow your dog to choose whichever hand he thinks the treat is in. If he paws or sniffs the correct hand, give him the treat.
The shell game is a popular one to play with dogs. Select three identical cups, bowls, or other opaque containers and your dog’s favorite treat. Place the treat underneath one of the cups and shuffle them while your dog watches. Allow him to choose whichever cup he thinks the treat is under by sniffing or pawing, and give him the treat if he selects the correct one.
Another easy game to play with your dog is hide and seek. Tell your dog to sit and stay, then find a hiding spot where your dog can’t see you. Call your dog, and when he finds you, reward him with treats or encouragement.
We Play With Your Pet While You’re Away
We all wish we could spend 24/7 with our dogs, but we know that isn’t always the case. Our lives are busy and we sometimes have to spend long periods of time away from the house. All the while your favorite friend is sitting at home waiting for you to get back. We can provide stimulating brain games for your furry friend while you’re away!
PET SITTING SERVICE PRICING
- 2 Dogs - $25
- 3 Dogs - $30
- 4 Dogs - $35
- 5+ Dogs - Call for pricing
Overnight Visit (7pm - 7am)
- 2 Dogs - $80
- 3 Dogs - $85
- 4 Dogs - $90
- 5+ Dogs - Call for pricing
*$10 Surcharge for the following holidays (Christmas, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Easter, 4th of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.)
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Arlington Heights, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park, Elk Grove Vilage, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Kildeer, Lake Barrington, Lake Zurich, North Barrington, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, South Barrington, and Streamwood
Why Doggy Detail
Many people who need to go on a business trip prefer to leave their dog in a kennel or board them so they can ensure they’re safe and don’t escape. While we understand this concern, you should know that there are ways your dog can stay in the comfort of their home and still be safe.
With Doggy Detail’s pet sitting services we will be there for your pet every day to give them the attention they are seeking. They won’t be spending every day alone, because they’ll have us there to keep them company, play with them, feed them, take them for a walk, and keep them up to their usual routine.
That routine is so important for certain pets. It helps them avoid stress and the idea of their owner not being around will not worry them as much because they’re still getting to do what they find normal.
When you keep your pets to a routine they aren’t as likely to face severe separation anxiety and do any of the following:
Tear up the house
Use the bathroom inside
This is especially important for anyone that has to travel or leave the house frequently and own a pet that is uncomfortable with that. If your pet always seems to misbehave when you’re not home they aren’t doing it because they want attention. They’re doing it because they’re stressed out.
By keeping them to a routine they will feel that everything is normal. They will still love you the same as they always do and when you return home they’ll surely greet you with excitement, but now they will have a friend they made while you were gone.
Pet Sitting Benefits
Obviously, your pet is your number one concern and that is why you are seeking a pet sitter, but Doggy Detail offers more for you than just making sure your pet is getting exercise and fed. We can also do basic tasks such as cleaning up after your pet and some basic house maintenance.
If you’re just concerned about letting your pet play with a stranger then you shouldn’t be worried. Our staff are well trained, pet lovers, and really excited to meet your pet. We want them to be comfortable so you can rest assured knowing that when we’re around your pet will stay happy and healthy.
We want to meet your pet, because we just love pets here. If you are getting ready to go on a trip of some kind then there’s no need to worry about finding a board or kennel to leave them at. Allow your pet the benefit of staying in the comfort of their own home and let us come to them. They’ll be more relaxed and happier this way.
If you want to know more about our services then feel free to give us a call at 847-212-5616.