Move Beyond Fetch - Free Pet Games to Play with your Dog

Those who love pets but don’t have one make do with free pet games online. I’m one of the lucky ones – too lucky for my own good actually. I have four rambunctious dogs who love to bounce all over the furniture and annoy my standoffish cat with their “friendly” overtures. Channeling all that happy dog energy was a challenge until I discovered these fun games. Feel free to use them for your crazy canines.


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My dogs love this game because they adore running and I love it because it encourages them to come when called. All you need is a partner and plenty of dog treats to get this free pet game going. Have your partner stand across the room. Each of you has a pocketful of dog treats. Both of you take turns to call the dog and reward him with a treat. After a couple of rounds of this activity, station your partner in another room, so that your dog runs from one room to another when called. If you want maximum exercise but lower food intake, reward him with a treat every alternate or even third recall. Or substitute loads of praise and a tug toy for food. For added excitement, start to run away as you call, so the game of recall turns into a thrilling chase. In the summer, we usually play this great game in the yard or the park and in other places as well.

Find it!
This free pet game is for days when I’m feeling too lazy to think up something more creative but trust me, you can never go wrong with a game that’s got sniffing AND food. Show your dog a small dry treat and say “Find it!” and toss it on the ground. My fussy dogs disliked the idea of eating their food off the floor so I used to drop the food right in front of them until they got used to hunting out of the bowl. You can make the game more challenging by asking him to stay/sit while you hide the treat behind some furniture or in another room. Release the dog and let him hunt happily away! I ended up feeding my sweeties entire meals in this way.

Water Chaser
The great thing about this game is that you can use it to give your dog a bath if he hates having one. Talk about sneaky! First you shoot jets of water from the hose and move it around for your dog to chase. Make sure the water force is not too great and be careful not to hit his face. Do not allow your dog to jump on you during play time but be prepared to get completely drenched especially if, like me, you have more than one dog. It’s almost like playing a game of laser tag but unlike that feline favorite, it does not cause behavioral problems. If your dog exhibits attacking behavior during play, stop playing immediately or enforce strict rules. This free pet game, however, is not for dogs who do not like water even in play.


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