Playtime for Your Dog: Keep Him Busy Throughout the Day

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Part of the pleasure of owning a dog is the mutual fun that results from the playing of games. However these games also have a role in the development and well-being of dogs, not least of which is building up a dog’s self confidence and boosting dog/owner relationships. The purpose of this book is to help pet owners discover and employ games and activities on an everyday basis that both owners and dogs will enjoy, and that will contribute towards the animal's fitness and training. Marvel at ...

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Overview

Part of the pleasure of owning a dog is the mutual fun that results from the playing of games. However these games also have a role in the development and well-being of dogs, not least of which is building up a dog’s self confidence and boosting dog/owner relationships. The purpose of this book is to help pet owners discover and employ games and activities on an everyday basis that both owners and dogs will enjoy, and that will contribute towards the animal's fitness and training. Marvel at the super-abilities of your dog's sense of smell. Make his daily walks an exciting adventure. Find enough inspiration in your living room to exercise his basic play instincts. Take the opportunity when appropriate to turn your garden into a dog's adventure playground.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An excellent book which covers many aspects of interacting with your pet, having fun, and learning to play."  —Your Dog
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783861279228
  • Publisher: Cadmos Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,034,993
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Christina Sondermann runs the website fun-with-dogs.com, writes for a dog magazine, and gives seminars and workshops for dog owners and trainers.

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Table of Contents


Why playing is so useful 10 Rules of the game and tips for beginners 14 The right game for you and your dog 14 Rewards are the key to success 15 Food works best 16 Step-by-step to success 16 Accurate timing 19 Helpful training assistants 19 Keep it simple and easy 20 What if it doesn't work? 20 Your dog is the best indicator of good mood 21 When children are participating 22 How to manage the multi-dog household 22 Sniffing games for super-noses 25 Beginners' class 26 Searching for a meal 27 Hidden treats 27 Search-work in the dark 28 Treats hidden in a pile of blankets 28 The sniffing box 28 Take a plunge 28 Searching the three dimensions 29 Laying a scent track 29 Toys instead of treats 29 You want even more? 30 Scent discrimination the easy way 31 The shell game 31 Sniffing for professionals 32 Quick introduction into tracking 35 Living room agility 38 Various fantasy obstacles 39 The curtain 39 The dog flap 40 Weave poles and mobility games 40 Living room obstacles for high achievers 41 Never-ending tunnels and tubes 41 The collapsed tunnel adventure 42 Hoops and other openings 43 Challenges on the ground 44 Co-ordination exercises with a ladder 45 Balancing on a wobble board 46 Climbing tours 46 Crazy labyrinths 47 The 101 things game 47
101 things to do with a chair 47
101 things to do with a chair for the experienced 48 More 101 things adventures 48 Gymnastics 48 Sitting down 49 Flat on your belly ... or your back 49 On all fours 49 Standing 49 Using your arms 49 Mental exercise - Challenges for bright young sparks 50 Exercises for package artists 51 Fascinating cardboard boxes 51 Cardboard box mountain 51 Box in a box 52 Special packages 53 Tupperware party for ourfour-legged friends 54 What's next? 54 Just staggering 55 Treats under bowls 55 Flower pot challenge 55 Treats under the flower pot roller board 56 A game of chance under cups 57 Treat bowling 58 Think outside the box 58 Skilful paws 58 A fishing rod for your dog 59 The treat box 59 Punch and Judy show 60 Intelligent machines 61 Spin the bottle 61 The drawer 62 The down-pipe 64 Sitting in front of the pipe 67 Treat balls and other food dispensers 69 The food bottle 70 A filled tube 71 Classical treat balls 71 The cube 72 The food skipjack 73 Games to buy for mental acrobats 73 Chewing makes you happy! 75 Chewing objects as they are! 77 Natural rubber toys 78 Snacks and packed lunch 81 Having fun with "Sit" - "Down" - "Come" 84 For starters, create the right spirit 85 Coming back is fun! 85 Who is calling best? 87 Back and forth variations 87 Come and find me! 88 Coming back game for singles 89 The treat lane 89 The flying dog 91
"Sit" and "down" in different places 91 Strange positions 92
"Sit" and "down" criss-cross 94
"Sit" and "down" everywhere! 95 Staying power 96 Building bridges 97 The loose lead 98 The fine cord 98 Egg-and-spoon race 99 Your garden as a playground 100 Space for high jumps 102 Basic jumps 102 Self-made professional jumps 102 Jumps as tests of courage 104 Weave poles 104 Basic weave poles 104 Do-it-yourself professional weave poles 105 More mobility exercises 105 Tunnels and hoops 105 Living obstacles 107 Tests of courage and co-ordination games 108 Fantasy obstacles for body awareness training 108 The fumble course 109 The dog teeter 109 Rolling adventure 110 Water games 112 The digging corner 112 The mixed course 113 Anything else? 113 Adventure walks - looking for ideas on the way 114 Open air course along the way 115 Balancing act 116 Platforms and other climbing opportunities 116 Higgledy-piggledy! 117 Co-ordination exercises on your way 118 Round and round it goes 118 Adventures at the waterside 119 Bathing challenge 119 Treat tracing 120 Bridges and catwalks 120 Rummaging and searching games 120 Foraging for treats 121 Hide and seek 121 Sniffing walks 122 Sniffing and exploring 122 Sniffing in a group is even more fun 124 And what comes next? 125 Recommended reading 128
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