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Ten quick games you can play with your dog when you're busy.

With everything going on in your life, it can be hard to find time to spend with your pet friend. However, adding quick and stimulating games into your routine can create a strong bond between you and your dog, while also providing mental and physical stimulation for them. These ten short games are great for playing with your dog during a busy day.

They will make you and your dog laugh and connect.

  1. Hide-and-Seek: Hide in your house and call your dog's name. Tell them to come find you. This game not only provides mental excitement but also improves the bond between you and your dog as they search eagerly for you.

  2. Fun game of tug of war: Get a rope or a toy and play this game with your dog. This game is a great way for your dog to use their natural senses and get some quick exercise.

  3. Fetch: Take a few minutes to play a game of fetch in your backyard or a nearby park. Throw your dog a ball or a favourite toy and tell them to get it. Not only is this game fun, but it also helps you get rid of extra energy.

  4. Obstacle Course: Set up an easy obstacle course using household things like chairs, cushions, and boxes. Guide your dog through the course, pushing them to jump over, crawl under, or move through the hazards. This game tests their problem-solving skills and keeps them physically busy.

  5. Find the Treats: Hide small treats around your home or yard and encourage your dog to sniff them out. This game taps into their natural scenting abilities and offers mental stimulation as they search for the secret treasures.

  6. Interactive Toys: Invest in interactive toys that release treats or make sounds when handled. These toys keep your dog entertained and mentally involved, even when you're busy with other chores.

  7. Simon Says: Put a twist on the standard game by playing "Simon Says" with your dog. Give them orders like sit, stay, or spin, and give them praise or treats for following instructions. This game promotes behaviour training while adding an element of fun.

  8. Name That Toy: Gather a few of your dog's favorite toys and give each one a unique name. Scatter them around the room and ask your dog to fetch a specific toy by name. This game not only improves their understanding of words but also provides mental stimulation as they look for the right item.

  9. Chase the Laser Pointer: If your dog likes chasing moving items, try using a laser pointer to create a quick and engaging game of chase. Move the pointer around the room, and watch as your dog eagerly tries to catch the elusive light.

  10. Freeze Dance: Turn on some music and dance around the room with your dog. When the music stops, freeze in place, and encourage your dog to do the same. This game is not only interesting but also helps improve your dog's emotional control and listening skills.

Incorporating quick games into your daily routine is an excellent way to bond with your dog and provide them with much-needed mental and physical excitement, even on busy days.

Whether it's a game of hide and seek, a round of fetch, or a session of freeze dance, these activities offer moments of joy and connection for you and your canine friend.

So, the next time you find yourself pressed for time, take a few minutes to engage in one of these ten quick games with your dog and watch as their tail wags with joy.

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