Get ideas for games to play with your dog when ugly weather keeps you indoors.
Training Manners, Having Fun
I’ve included “Go Wild and Freeze” because it’s not only a fun game but also a training game. The heavy-handed training styles of old -- which, unfortunately, haven’t yet vanished from the earth -- prime us to think of training as work. Grim, tedious work, at that. Modern reward-based training is a different story -- useful, yes, necessary, yes, but also fun. Spend a few minutes morning and evening of a rainy day tiring your dog’s brain by teaching him to spin on cue, or close a kitchen cabinet, or heel off-leash around your living room. Whatever we teach our dogs, as long as we present it in a light, affectionate, enjoyable spirit, “It’s all tricks to them!”
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