Don’t smell the neighbor’s butt.” “Stop sniffing the ground; we’re walking now.” “Take your nose out of the fridge.” As dog owners help their pets learn the rules of human society, we also put limits on how they interact with their environment. Dogs use their noses much more than we humans do, so give your dog a chance to sniff it!
An easy way to let your dog use his nose is to let him hunt for his dinner or special treats. Throw some of your dog’s food in the grass.
Or try using an old muffin tin, place dry food in the bottom of the tin and place tennis balls on top of the food. Let your dog “find” the food under the tennis ball. These are 2 simple games you can play - but use your imagination and let your dog hunt!
Here are some more great reasons to play sniff it games with your dog. Hunting for food...
1. burns calories. If you’re watching your pet’s waistline, try some sniff games!
2. provides mental stimulation. Bust your pup’s boredom by hiding some treats around the house.
3. builds confidence. Increase your dog’s interest in engaging with environment by placing cookies in the yard or house for him to find.