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Four outdoor games to play with your dog

Lucia is growing up fast and as puppies do and seems to have unlimited energy and like Maya a very inquisitive nose. I am always thinking of new places to take the girls so they can experience and enjoy as much of life as possible and as they both adore their training sessions we are always working on something. However sometimes when we are at the beach or the park I like to challenge the girls while keeping things light and fun, so that they choose to stay close to me, believing that I am much more interesting that venturing off by themselves. So we’ve all been playing a few games together which I thought I’d share with you today.

1. Fetch If you follow us on Instagram it can’t have passed you by that little Lucia is in love with her ball. I have used that passion to my advantage to teach her drop, reinforce her stay and her love of balls also makes it incredibly easy to get her to look where I want her to for photographs – bonus!  Maya loves playing fetch too, which means I have to take two balls to the park now as little Lucia is sooooo fast! Sometimes I throw something else like a toy or Frisbee just so’s the girls remember that the retrieve is not all about balls!


2. Hide & Seek and Sniff & Search Both my girls love these games, although when we play the former I have had some funny looks as I slink off and hide in the bushes, the pooches have fun though, so I don’t mind this! I also find it invaluable to sharpen their recall.  Maya absolutely adores sniffing out an object, (I think it is her favourite game) I usually hide a small treat ball with small bits of cheese or something else smelly in it which she loves, have I mentioned before she is very food motivated?!  Lucia is only starting to learn this indoors but is very quickly mastering it and I’m sure she will love the outdoors version too.*

3. Bubbles Most dogs love chasing bubbles, you can either just buy some bubbles from the supermarket, or there are Dog Bubble Blasters available to buy online too, we even have peanut butter flavoured bubbles for ours! Maya loves this game but Lucia not so much, as she is completely obsessed with her balls!

4.Tug of War This is another game that both the girls love, either playing with me or with each other, but remember it’s important to teach your dog that the game stops when you say drop.


What games do you play with your pooch friends, why not let us know in the comments below.


Love Sal, Maya & Lucia xxx





Topsy & Kristin
March 18, 2018 at 12:44 pm

Peanutbutter flavored Bubbles really?😂😂 There are so much stuff out there I never heard of😂😂. Topsy ain’t interested in balls at all. She loves to play with her Teddy toys😊 And I’m thinking about getting her one of those homemade mats you hide treats in. As you might know she is really food focused too.

    March 22, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Yes you can get other flavoured bubbles too!! Lucia and Maya love the snuffle mats and they are soft and fluffy too so I bet Topsy would adore one. Thanks so much for reading Krisitin. xxx

March 18, 2018 at 1:10 pm

Birdie is equally as obsessed with her balls! 🤣 all she wants to do is chase a ball on a walk, have tried to alternate with a frisbee but she always gets her leg stuck in it and can’t run as fast! Jack sometimes takes her out without a ball so that she socialises with other dogs because when she has her ball she just ignores them! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Will have to try hiding treats for her too, looks fun! Love Imogen, Jack & Birdie xxx

    March 22, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Haha Birdie sounds just like Lucia, I remember when we went to see Lucia for the first time, Molly greeted us at the door with a ball in her mouth! Yes the girls love searching for treats and it tires them out a bit too which is a bonus! Thanks for reading Imogen. xxx

March 18, 2018 at 7:18 pm

We play ‘find it’ at home. We leave Poppy in the kitchen to wait and hide a treat somewhere in the living/ dining area and she loves it! And always finds it. Balls on the other hand, less of an interest… unless found on a walk and not hers! Xx

    March 22, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Maya and Lucia love searching but I think ball would definitely be Lucia’s first love! Thanks so much for reading Laura. xxx

Fran and fenton
March 18, 2018 at 9:49 pm

Oooh!Great ideas!I play The Find Game with Fenty at home but will have to this outdoors too!!Love how you combine fun with training!Always the best way to go,love it!!

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