Dog Games and Exercise Suggestions

Retrieving dog games offer a broad range of employment opportunities. Depending on the dog’s own preferences and interests, search, thought, persecution, or obedience can be the focus of attention. I will talk uniformly of “dummy” in the text, but whether you use a dummy, a food bag or the favorite toy of the dog, of course, is left to everyone. Let’s discuss some dog games and exercises

Obedience Exercises around Retrieving

Triangle Exercise

This is quite a simple exercise to get you started. You dump or place the dummy a few meters away from the dog. The distance should not initially be too big, and the dummy should be visible for the dog. Then you set yourself up, so that dog, dummy and you form a triangle. Now you call the dog, from there it is sent to the dummy.

Basic Obedience

A man throws the dummy, then leave to a piece of foot walk or run another command the dog. He can then get the dummy for the reward.

You can also throw the dummy while the dog walks. However, the dog must continue walking until he gets the command to search. As a modification one can leave the dog out of the foot command, go on itself. Then either calls the dog first and then send it to the dummy or directly from the place position to the dummy.

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Also, you can install hurdles or in the forest overturned trees or thick branches. The dog sits or lies; the dummy is placed next to him. Now the dog is called to the man without dummy over the hurdle before he can get the dummy.

Dog Games To Hunt Together

There is another most exciting dog exercise that you do with your dog in the form of dog games. In this dog exercise, one throws the dummy and approaches the dog together. A lot of body tension, creeping gait, excited whisper, etc. makes it even more exciting for the dog. The dog should be at best free-ride but remain reliable beside his humans. If you are only a maximum of 10 meters away, the prey is encircled.

If the dog can do this, you can send it to a tree next to the dummy, for example, while you can move on the other side. You can now stalk yourself at the dummy; the dog has to wait. Or you ask the dog to approach the dummy, but send him back to the ground halfway. Somehow, through these dog games, the dogs then get the release, to pounce on the dummy and bring it.

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Lovely Angel

Angel, the stimulus represents a special challenge for dogs with strong hunting instinct The Dummy is this attached to a rope and this again at a bar or broomstick. The dog must now wait quietly, while the dummy moves fast around him. It is only in command that he can throw himself on it.

Recognize and Estimate the Incidents

Memory Performance

In these dog games, At the beginning of the walk, the dummy is tucked up next to the road; the dog must watch. If the walk is over and you get back at this point, the dog will be sent. As an increase, one hides dummies on the way in various places, which the dog may search in turn on the way back.

Snaring Assess Learning

In the beginning, you practice with the uncluttered terrain, for example on a low meadow. If the dog runs safely to the dummy, one can slowly increase the requirements. For example, choosing higher grass or throwing the dummy behind a bush, into the forest or over a brook.

It is even more difficult for the dog to see only a part of the runway, for example, because a hill is intervening. In the course of time, however, he also learns to assess the situation very accurately in such situations. In impassable terrain, the dog may be forced to run roundabouts. Thus he has to reorient himself after the obstacle has passed.

It is difficult for the dog to go a bit further after the throwing of the dummies or to do other exercises with him before he can search. An exercise in the direction is, for example, to throw the dummy on a meadow, to circumnavigate the meadow to a quarter or half and then to send the dog from the new side. Does the dog return to the starting point? Does he have a good assessment from the new meadow side, where the dummy has landed?

Difficult Terrain

To get the dummy can also promote body feeling and search performance:

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Some dogs prefer spiritual challenges rather than physical ones. In these dog games, the dog knows where the dummy is but does not get anywhere. He must now consider strategies:

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You can throw the dummy, for example, over a railing, over a fence or a wall. The dog must find a way past the obstacle and re-orientate itself behind it. Many dogs also try to fence around the fence until they come up with the idea to look for a gap. If you want to diagnose and promote the problem-solving behavior of the dog, you should have as little as possible as a human being. Many dogs are quickly passive and wait for the help of their humans.

A Little Trickier Thinking Is The Following

The dummy is tied to a leash and placed so high that the dog comes to the leash, but not to the dummy. Many dogs need a while to find that they need to pull the leash to get to the dummy.

Another Task with A Leash

The dummy is hidden under a cardboard box or under the couch. The dog comes back to the finish line only by train.

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Search “Blind”

This means that the dog is also looking for if he has not noticed that a dummy was thrown at all. These exercises are not suitable if the dummy work has just begun. The dog must have built up confidence that there is always a dummy where his person sends him. Also, the dog must be able to search for it perseveringly.

It’s one of the very interesting exercises and dog games for a beloved dog. For the dog to learn to trust people’s direction, you can do the following exercise, for example, You put a dummy out without the dog watching.

Then you get the dog, let it sit down and place the second dummy relatively close behind the first so that the dog and the two dummies are in a line. Then go back to the dog and send him a dummy. The dog only knows of a dummy and will bring the first one he finds. Then you send the dog back in the direction. If he is very hesitant, he can accompany him on the first attempt.

One can also start by throwing several dummies into a search area and the dog successively retrieving the dummies in any order. This is how the dog learns that the search does not have to be preceded by a throw. In the next step, you put out some dummies without the dog watching. Then you get the dog and throw another dummy into the search area. It is enough if the dog picks another one after the first dummy.

The smaller and clearer the search area, the better it is. The dog should always have success in his search. If this is done, the dog can be searched in a well-known small search area without any previous litter. If the dog perseveres, even without the letter, the search area can be slowly enlarged.

A completely different way to let the dog search blindly is to bury the dummy, e.g., under a heap of leaves or in the sand. The first time you are looking for the dog, the next time you can let him solve such a search task independently.

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Several Dummies Search and Instruct

More than one dummy are also used in these dog games to test more memorization. When using several dummies there is the possibility to have the dummies retrieved in a given order. On the other hand also the memorization of the fall points for the dog becomes so more demanding. The dog should always get one dummy after another, not jump from dummy to dummy and “exchange.” Depending on the dog you have to build up slowly. The dog sits next to one while you throw a dummy to the right, one to the left. The distance should be low, and the dog must be able to see both dummies.

To indicate to the dog which of the dummies he is to fetch, one directs his own body in the direction of this dummy.The dog sits just next to one and thus has the same direction of view. Via an arm and foot movement direction of the dummies and the simultaneous search command, the dog is sent loose. If this works, the dummies can be laid out at a 90-degree angle.

The dog is sent one after the other from humans. In the case of doubt, a long line can prevent the dog from jumping directly from the first dummy to the second. The trick is that the second dummy is thrown over the head of the dog, while the dog brings the first to his human being. The dog must not be disturbed.

The dog sits just next to one and thus has the same direction of view. Via an arm and foot movement direction of the dummies and the simultaneous search command, the dog is sent loose. If this works, the dummies can be laid out at a 90-degree angle.

The dog is sent one after the other from humans. In a case of doubt, a long line can prevent the dog from jumping directly from the first dummy to the second. The trick is that the second dummy is thrown over the head of the dog, while the dog brings the first to his human being. The dog must not be disturbed.

If the dog is to learn the correct orientation (ahead, right, left in a straight line, even at a distance), these dog games or this exercise has to be built much more step-by-step and more elaborate. The structure described herein is for assigning a rough search range or for assigning a particular dummy of several.


If the basics of the assignments fold, you can now, for example, throw a dummy to the left of the path, a dummy to the right of the path. Then let the dog search the dummies in a given order. If the given search area is spatially limited, the second dummy can also be thrown in the other direction while the dog is looking for the first dummy. The dog gets nothing from the litter. After the first dummy has been brought, the dog is sent “blind” the second search (see also above: “blind search”).

The more dummies you throw, the bigger the dog’s performance is. If you throw a dummy into a higher meadow and then send the dog directly, he will have some experience on the way to the dummy, although he does not see the dummy in the tall grass. If you throw two dummies, this will be much more challenging.

Dog GamesBy means of course instructions, as described above, one can have the dog at least four dummies, thrown into the four heavenly directions, in a given order. The dog observes the four litters and is then sent one after another. If he deviates from the given search direction to another dummy, he is called and re-instructed. At first, short distances to the dummy and a not too unclear terrain are helpful. The requirements can then be increased slowly during this dog game.

Instead of humans, the dog can also be trained at a distance. in this dog training, the dog sits or lies, while a (!) Dummy is either a few meters to the right or a few meters to the left of it. Then you are a few meters away frontally in front of the dog. One raises the arm in the direction of the dummy to be sought, also turns the head and body slightly in this direction. At the same time, the search command comes.

If practiced several times over several days, you can lay out two dummies: one to the right of the dog, one to the left. At this time, the dog should have already internalized the human body movement and automatically orientated in the right direction.

Also here a long line helps if the dog chooses the wrong direction. The leash is only for the purpose that the dog has no success with the wrong choice, under no circumstances is the dog pulled in the right direction. And by all these exercises and dog games the dog can rescue himself and any being too.

Also, the forward/reverse send can be constructed similarly, so that one can finally dummy in all four heavenly directions from the dog, and the dog can be targeted from the distance one of them can be brought. If the dummy is working at short distances at short distances, the dummies can be further removed or interpreted in a hidden manner over time.

If the dog is sent to a “target,” i.e., a predetermined target object, it is also possible to install it. The dog is only sent to the target, then from there to the dummy. On walks, for example, the line can be used as a target. All the above exercises are very interesting and exciting for dogs, and all exercises can be done as dog games. All games are very much important for rescue dogs as in all these exercise based dog games, dog body gets excited and healthy and learns something very much beneficial for dog and owners too.

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