A Great Game for Older Dogs

Your dog will love to play the canine version of "Three Card Monte"!

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA,
June 16, 2012

Collect three empty, clean yogurt cups and punch a few small holes in the base of each cup. Then, get comfy on the floor with the cups and a handful of small, smelly treats. Have your dog watch as you cover one of the treats with a cup, and then give him the okay to go after it. Probably he’ll need about 1.5 seconds to push the cup over and get the treat.

Next step: put three yogurt cups upside down on the floor and have your dog watch as you put a treat under just one of the cups. Move the cups around as in a game of monte, then give your dog the okay to find the treat. He may make a beeline for the correct cup, he may sniff at each in turn and then go for the correct one, or he may just knock them all over—the Visigoth approach. Whichever method he chooses, he will be happy to do it again and again and again.


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