This month’s Trick of the Month from Robin at Fortunate Fido is a great winter activity to do with the whole family when you are stuck indoors.
Read on to teach your dog a new trick!
Here is a super fun trick to help you beat the winter blahs. Teach your dog his family members’ names!
This is a fun activity that you can do on family game, TV, or movie night.
Position family members apart from each other, each with a pocket full of yummy treats. A circle would be great if you have the space. One person has the dog with them to start, and then says “go see Bobby!” Bobby then (AFTER the original cue is given—this part is important), calls the dog to him and gives him a yummy treat.
Then Bobby says “Go see Suzie!” Suzy then calls the dog to her and gives him a yummy treat. Repeat with each family member multiple times. This will take a while to click, but dogs are good at anticipating what will come next, so after a while, he will connect that “Go see Bobby” means that Bobby has a treat for him. If he goes to the wrong person, that person will simply ignore him and not dispense a treat.
This game takes time, but it is loads of fun after the dog catches on. When he is really good at it, you can have family members farther away or in other rooms.
Have fun beating cabin fever and spending time with your dog!
Robin Murray is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor. She enjoys teaching tricks classes and competing with her three dogs in agility, rally, obedience and nosework. Check out Fortunate Fido at http://www.fortunatefido.com