7 tips for meaningful dog activities at home

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7 tips for meaningful dog activities at home

Boredom is one of the things dogs hate. That is why a dog should also be employed in a species-appropriate manner at home. You can find out here how home training challenges your dog and how you benefit from it in the same way.

1. Show me

Walk up and down the apartment and within sight of the dog, drop a glove, your wallet or any other object that you hold in your hands a lot. Your dog will immediately check what is lying there with its nose.

You confirm this with praise and a “sit down” signal. Usually a few repetitions are sufficient and you can introduce the signal “Show me” between losing your object and sitting down and touching your snout. In this way, your dog learns in no time to display found objects without grabbing and biting them.

Your dog can find lost items. © shutterstock.com/Jaromir Chalabala

2. Pick it up

You can train the signal “Lift it up” as a continuation of the “Show me” exercise or separately. A wooden spoon or walking stick is cheap for this (if you have a target, use it), with which you first point at a dog’s toy.

He will definitely take it, listen to your “pick it up” and be confirmed with praise and reward. If the “Pick it up” is sitting, have him pick up a handkerchief, some piece of clothing or some other mouth-friendly item. Car or house keys or any other metal object are one level higher.

The dog can help with the carrying. © shutterstock.com/Jaromir Chalabala

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3. Follow me

Extend your arm towards the dog. Because he knows the “paw” exercise, he will put his paw in your hand. Then praise him. Try the other arm as well – your dog should now also give the other paw.

Then lie down and wait to see if he does the same. You do not need to speak, almost all dogs gradually understand that they should imitate what you are doing. However, it takes patience and time for a dog to turn in circles just like you.

Let your dog mirror your movements. © stock.adobe.com/Prostock-studio

4. Bell and be silent

A great exercise that will stop you barking too much later. To do this, first animate the dog to bark. Stand in front of him with a treat in hand. Take a look at it. At some point the dog will start barking to get him.

Let him scold you two or three times, then put a finger in front of your mouth, whisper “Pssst” and, as soon as he falls silent, dispose of the delicacy. Repeat this a couple of times and give the reward at the same time as you stop the barking on their “Psst”. Then try to stop him barking for no reason. Give a big reward if it works.

Stop barking, also useful in everyday life. © stock.adobe.com/kerkezz

5. For clicker fans

Anyone who already clicks can use it to teach the dog a chain of signals without interrupting the reward. If you haven’t clicked yet, you can start now. For beginners, the following applies: One second after each click there is a reward. And that until the dog waits for it when it clicks.

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Only then do simple exercises such as “sit” – click – reward follow. As soon as a dog knows and appreciates the clicker, practice sitting, sitting, sitting in one go, clicking every execution, but only treat yourself to a treat at the end.

Clicker fans can also practice at home. © stock.adobe.com/makistock

6. Relax on command

The exercise works in a similar way to yoga for us. Have the dog lie down and sit next to it. Caress him gently on his back and mumble gently. You can feel when the dog’s muscles give way, see when he blinks and continue to stroke.

Until the dog lies completely relaxed and calm. You only introduce the “Relax” signal when it already relaxes your muscles when you come into contact with your hand.

Warning: Stop the exercise when you feel the heartbeat increase again and the dog becomes restless.

Relaxation on command can be learned. © stock.adobe.com/Eva

7. Romping does not work at all – basic rule

It’s not a practice, it’s a rule. The dog should not rush off or do super lively exercises within their own four walls. Romping is allowed outside, but not indoors. Home is the cave, in which quiet togetherness and quiet games strengthen the feeling of togetherness, just like in the real dog family.