This game encourages your dog to use their senses and problem-solving skills. Start by having your dog sit and stay, then go hide in another room.
Set up a mini agility course in your backyard or living room using items like cones, tunnels, and low jumps. Guide your dog through the course with treats and positive reinforcement.
Tug of war can be a great game for building your dog's confidence, as long as it's done in a controlled manner. Use a sturdy tug toy and teach your dog a "drop it" command to ensure they understand when the game ends.
These toys challenge your dog to figure out how to get a treat or toy from inside. As they successfully solve the puzzle, they gain confidence in their problem-solving abilities.
Set up a makeshift obstacle course in your backyard or even inside your home using cushions, boxes, and other safe objects. Guide your dog through the course, offering treats and encouragement.
This game helps reinforce your dog's understanding of different objects. Start by teaching them the names of their toys, then ask them to fetch specific ones.
Gradually introduce your dog to new environments, people, and situations in a positive and controlled way. Use treats and praise to reward calm behavior, helping them associate new experiences with positive outcomes.
Teach your dog to use their nose to find hidden treats or toys. Start with simple hiding spots and gradually make it more challenging. This taps into their natural instincts and builds confidence in their ability to explore and discover.