8 Games to Play with Your Puppy to tired them out physically and mentally

Playing games with your puppy is not only a great way to bond, but it also provides mental stimulation and exercise. They are naturally quite curious and energetic, so providing them with mental and physical stimulation will help prevent boredom and potentially unwanted, destructive behaviour. 

Like most pet parents, we love playing fetch with out dog to burn off some extra energy in between walks. But fetch can get kind of boring sometimes! That's why we've compiled 8 new and exciting games you can play with your pup for when you want to switch things up! 


  1. Hide and Seek: Start in a safe place that your dog is familiar with and can roam around freely. Get them to hold a sit stay while you run and hide. Make sure to start off easy! Call their name and encourage them to find you. When they do, reward them with praise or treats. Once they get the hang of it, you can use a command like "find me" and increase the difficulty of your hiding spots! 

  2. Tug of War: Tug of war is a classic game that many puppies love, but there are different variations you can try to make it more interesting. For example, you can play "Tug and Drop" where you let your puppy win and then drop the toy, encouraging them to bring it back to you. Or, you can play "Tug and Switch" where you have two toys and encourage your puppy to switch between them, keeping the game more unpredictable and exciting.

  3. Puzzle Toys: Puzzle toys provide mental stimulation and encourage problem-solving. Hide treats inside and encourage your puppy to figure out how to get them out. There are many types of puzzle toys available, from simple to more complex.You can even make your own puzzle toy at home with an old blanket or towel. Lay it out flat on the floor and scatter treats on top of the blanket. Roll it up and let your dog figure out how to unravel the blanket to reach the treats! 

  4. Follow the Leader: This game teaches your puppy to follow and listen to your commands. Start by walking around the house or garden and encourage your puppy to follow you. Add in turns and stops to make it more challenging. Be sure to reward your puppy when they follow correctly.

  5. Find the Treat: Start by showing your puppy a treat, then place it in a different room and encourage your puppy to find it. Increase the difficulty by hiding the treat in more challenging places. A great way to start is with our Salmon and Blueberry treats as they are high value and can be easily tracked by their aroma! 

  6. Agility: This game provides physical exercise and helps your puppy develop coordination and balance. Set up a simple agility course using household items, such as chairs and cushions. Encourage your puppy to navigate the course, rewarding them for each obstacle they complete.

  7. Chasing Bubbles: A fun way to exercise your dog outside that's different from playing fetch or going for a walk. It's just all around adorable to watch your pup chase bubbles! To ensure safety for your dog, we recommend making your own solution at home. 

  8. Obstacle Course: Set up an obstacle course using household items, such as boxes and tunnels. Encourage your puppy to navigate the course, rewarding them for each obstacle they complete. This game provides mental and physical stimulation and helps your puppy develop coordination and problem-solving skills.

Playing games with your puppy is a great way to bond and provide mental and physical stimulation. Be sure to choose games that are appropriate for your puppy's age and breed, and always supervise them during playtime. With these fun and engaging games, you and your puppy are sure to have hours of fun together!

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