May 262015

1Your dog loves fresh air and sunshine as much as you do! Try some of these outside games and activities to keep your dog happy and healthy. In addition, playing with your dog enhances the bond you share and helps him keep his focus on you!


  • Freestyle Obedience – Take you dog to a large open area or yard and have him follow you around as you deliver commands such as Sit, Down, Stay, Come, etc. Give lots of praise when your dog listens to you. If your dog does not come when called, have him on along lead or in an enclosed area.

  • 2Obstacle Course – Try setting up a tunnel for your dog to run through, poles to jump over, or cones to maneuver around. Start with your dog on leash and walk him through the course a few times, until her gets used to it.

  • Batting practice – Grab a bat and dog safe ball to hit across the yard and have your dog be “the outfielder”. He should bring back the ball before you hit another one.

  • Hidden Treasure – Start with your dog in a Sit/Stay, allowing him to smell a treat, then hide it in the yard. Release your dog from the Stay and let him find it. You can make it more difficult by hiding a number of treat in advance. Scatter feeding your dog’s kibble at mealtime (throwing it around the yard) will keep your dog busy for hours as he enthusiastically hunts for every last morsel.

  • 3Group Walks – Organize a walking group for your neighborhood or apartment complex. Pick different places – such as dog friendly parks, trails and even the beach!

  • Biking – There are a variety of devices specifically made for “bikejoring” that attach your dog safely to a bicycle. Never attempt this just by holding your dog’s normal leash in your hand while steering. Start slowly and keep the rides short until you and he gets used to it.


Remember that basic obedience is the foundation for having fun with your dog – games and activities should be fun and a rewarding bonding experience.




Jeri Wagner is a canine behavioral therapist and master trainer. Jeri uses a natural training system leveraging the same communication methods – body language and voice control – that dogs follow as part of their instinctive pack mentality. Training takes place in the home where the problems generally occur. Jeri trains in western Montgomery county and northern Chester County. For more information, call 1-877-500 BARK (2275) or visit


 May 26, 2015  Training Tip Tuesday

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