March 16th, 2011
|I enjoy this game so much! Whenever it’s played in the classroom, it’s even better. This game is a great alternative for people who are used to bringing treats up to their face to get their dogs to look at them. Here’s how it works: Use people food for this game (string cheese bits, hot dogs or steak). Put a few at a time into your mouth. When your dog looks at you, spit a treat at him! Dogs who realize that food comes flying out of peoples’ mouths just for looking at them tend to look at faces more! Some dogs catch the treats, brownie points for them. As your dog gets good at this game, take it outside. Put the dog on leash and simply practice in your yard if you need to. Main side note on this game: don’t play at the dining table!
Tammy Reinarz, CPDT-KA and a Professional Member of the APDT, has been training dogs of all breeds within the Central PA area since 2005.