Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rainy days!

It's been raining all day in Maine today.  The dogs are snuggled together wondering when will it ever stop.   Not that either of them want to go romping and stomping in the rain.  But they are definitely missing out on their daily walk.

So what will we do?  On rainy days we like to do the usual stuff, from naps to chasing balls through the kitchen into the living room.  Tyson thinks he's made of paper, but at least the ladies are willing to make a quick trip outside in the rain.

So what things can we do while we enjoy this weather from indoors? 

Well it's definitely a great time to spiff up on our training skills.  We practice everything from Sit and stay to touch and watch me.

One of my favorite games is hide and seek.  If you've never played this with your dogs it's a real easy and fun game.  And it is a great game that helps improve recall, because your dog learns to always be looking for you!  All you have to do is start easy, hide in a place where your dog can see and hear you first.  When your dog finds you make a big deal about it and then give him/her a treat.  Then do it all over again, each time making it harder and harder for your dog to see you.  So that each time he/she has to use her nose and ears to find you! 

Another fun indoor game we like to play is find the treat!  This is a great game to teach your dog how to use his/her nose!  We pick a room, fill a few water bottles I've already poked holes in and place them in inconspicuous spots. Then I tell the dogs to find the treat!  Always fun and rewarding!

There are 101 things to do with your dogs indoors on a rainy day!  The key is to make sure you are always having fun! 

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