Teaching a dog tricks and commands is a very common thing for pet owners to do and it is often something that dogs enjoy because they get rewards in the process. There are the common commands like sit, lay down, roll over, stay and come and there are some fun ones like play dead and high five. One trick you can teach your dog is how to play hide and seek. This trick is a bit more of a game but can be a lot of fun for the both of you.
When you decide to teach your dog a trick or in this case a game here are some things to keep in mind. When and where you practice will determine how likely your dog will be eager to learn a trick. Since a reward comes in the form of food, practicing right after a meal leaves a dog with little to no enthusiasm and motivation to want to get the reward while learning the trick. Likewise if your dog is super hyper she or he will not want to work on a trick, especially if it involves a lot of staying still but in the same breath your dog will not want to work on tricks if he or she is already tuckered out. Also important to keep in mind is the length of time that you practice with your dog. Try to limit the time to under 15 minutes and only go that long if your dog is quite content with the process. Never force your dog to do a trick and look for signs of discomfort. Despite being common, rolling over can be uncomfortable for some dogs. As long as it is something you both enjoy you will be glad to teach your dog hide and seek.
When first teaching your dog hide and seek you will want to make things very easy on him or her. Similar to when you play the game with a small child, you will want to hide in plain sight. Also it is important to note that in this version of hide and seek your dog is always the seeker and you are always the hider. While it may not be impossible to teach your dog to hide from you, that is a whole other method of training. It can be helpful if in addition to having treats for when your dog finds you that you have something that makes noise so your dog can find you easier. You can create noise by simply calling loudly but in addition to this you can put the treats in a container so when you shake it they make noise. As long as this noise is something your dog associates with good, such as a jar or bowl of treats, and not something bad, such as a jar of coins used to get the dog to listen, it can be beneficial to learning the game. Your dog will be eager to find you because you have asked him or her to and because he or she knows that the call and sound means a treat. As your dog becomes more familiar with the concept of the game pick better hiding places, such as behind a chair or long drapes. Kids tend to find this the best because they can be creative with the spots they hide and the dog will just be happy to get the treat.
Hide and seek is a fun game to teach your dog. As long as the dog is not exhausted by the game he or she can find you many times. You will know that your dog wants to stop if he or she has no more interests in getting treats or is showing signs of tiredness. You can play the game with more than one hider, making it ideal for multiple children families. With a little something for everyone hide and seek is a great game to teach your dog. Teaching your dog hide and seek helps with the command of come, gives you dog exercise and is usually fun for the owner, especially children, and the dog.