Fun dog games can be as exhausting for your dog as a big run. A fun game of frisbee can be both mentally stimulating and physically exhausting. It is said that your dog has the mental capacity of a toddler. I can believe this when it comes to playing games. We’re fortunate to interact with fun dogs that love to play on a regular basis (and I love to play with them). 15 minutes of chasing a ball is physically exhausting, running an obstacle course is mentally exhausting. Have you tried dog agility?
Dog Agility may be a bit much for you, but you can simulate some agility-like activities when you are on your daily walk. If you see a park bench get your dog to jump up, walk the length and jump down, repeat, repeat, repeat, praise and keep moving. Anything you find on your walk can be turned into a game. We regularly jump park benches for fun, balance on park garden edging and turn a mundane walk into a fun playtime activity.
Quiet games are also mentally exhausting for your dog. Kong makes a great range of toys that your dog has to figure out to release treats. A self rewarding game, and a quiet activity that keeps your dog occupied and mentally stimulating.
There are many games that you can play with your dog to get them both physically and mentally stimulated, you don’t have to train your dog every day, but 20 minutes of fun games is enough to keep most dogs tired each day.
Remember that variety is the spice of life, not only for you but for your dog. Mix it up and keep it interesting for both you and your dog.