Playing the “Find it” game

 In the previous entry titled ” Find it” game “, I showed you how Palette and I play the “Find it” game inside the house.

 Then,in another previous entry titled “Picnic in the snow: Dec ’09 “, I showed you how we played the “Find it” game in the snow. Playing the “Find it” game in the snow was quite fun.

 As you see the picture in the entry or bellow, we had quite heavy snow last December, and it was as deep as Palette’s shoulder level and she was bunny hopping in the snow to move forward.


 
Palette resting in her snow circle tunnel she made.. Dec ’09

 To play the game, I went outside leaving Palette inside the house and hid the bully sticks in the snow (buried in the snow).

 Fun part of playing the game in the snow for Palette was to sniff out the yummy treats in wider area, and when she find the yummy treats, she could dig a little to get to it. If you play the game inside the house, she cannot dig to get the yummy treats, just use nose and find the yummy treats, and I would imagine playing the game outside was more challenging,  more fun for her. She really had to rely on her sense of smell.

 Bad part of playing the game outside in the snow was that, since yard was fully covered with white snow, IF Palette could not find the treats, it would have been a little hard for both of us to locate the treats at the exact spot I have hid the treats. Luckily,she found the treats in the snow and enjoyed the game fully.

 I think that “Find it” game is the game the dogs can use their natural instinct; hunting, and sense of smell and great fun game. Also it is great game for mental exercise.

 With Palette, I play the varied “Find it” game.

1. Inside the house, sniff out the yummy treats

** sometimes,treats are on or under objects, sometimes hidden in the box

2. Inside the house,sniff out one of her toys and exchange with higher valued chews to trade

3. Outside the house, sniff out the yummy treats in the yard

 How to play the ‘Find it” game with your dogs?

 Palette and I are playing the game for 5 years now, and it is fun and easy game and kids can play the “find it” game too. Here is how I taught Palette how to play the game.

1. Take a small piece of treats in hand, and get an attention from your dog and let them sniff at it

2. Place the small piece of treats on visible place possibly one feet away or so (closer distance from your dogs)

3. Point at the treats and say “find it”

4. When your dogs found the treats, praise them big with happy voice

5. For first few times, treats will be on visible place where they can easily see you placing the treats.

6. Then, gradually, hide the treats with close distance but invisible place. They should see you hiding the treats but not being able to locate the treats visually.

7. Then, gradually, do the same as <step 6> but hide more than one piece of treats.

8. As time goes by, you can let them stay at one spot and you go hide the treats in places where they cannot see you hiding the treats, and no hidden treats are visible for them. And then, when you play the game, release your dogs “Find it” and they go run around the house,sniffing out the treats using their sense of smell rather than visual.

** If you hid 3 pieces of small treats, you can encourage them to find the treats by saying”where is the treats?”, “two more,where is it?”
 
 If your dogs broke “stay” and follow you when you were trying to go hide the treats, just turn around and walk toward them and bring them back to the spot where they were “stay” position.

 When Palette tried to cheat the game in the beginning, I turned around,walked up to her and said ‘back,back,back” with happy voice and she was backing up to the spot where she was at. And then, I said “Try again”. So, we started it over. Eventually, she stayed at the spot and wait for the call “Find it” . She gets so excited and run around the house with her tongue hanging out.

 How to play the ‘Find the toy” game with your dogs?

 When I leveled up the game to “Find the toy” game at one point, here is how I taught her the rule of the game.

1. Pick one toy in hand, and get an attention from your dog and let them sniff at it

2. Place the toy in visible area, with close distance

3. Point at the toy and say “find it”

4. When your dogs found the toy, praise them big with happy voice and give them a small treats

5. For first few times, toy will be on visible place where they can easily see you placing the toy,and they get the treats when they found the toy.

6. Then, gradually,
hide the toy with close distance but invisible place. They should see
you hiding the toy but not being able to locate the toy visually. You will give them small treats right when they found the toy.

7. Then, gradually, encourage them to grab the toy and bring the toy back to you for trade with the treats.

8. Once they know that they will find the toy and bring back to you is the game rule, then, you can move on to next level; go hide the toy while they are at “stay” position at one spot. Then,release them “Find it” and wait for them to locate the toy,grab it and bring it back to you to trade with high valued yummy treats.

** Encouraging your dogs “Where is the treats?” or “Where is the toy?” or “Two more.Where is it?” with happy voice now and then until they can locate the toys or treats is good idea and it can get them more excited to play the game.

** After playing the “Find the toy” game, it is also good idea to play the toy with your dogs.

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