Tire out your dog more on walks with this one quick (and fun) solution

Dog sniffing bush on walk
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 When it comes to puppies (or any high-energy dog), finding a way to settle them down is a hard nut to crack and can sometimes feel like an impossible task. This is especially true during Christmastime when excitement levels are on overdrive.

Our quick and simple training tip is about to change all of that and is something you can incorporate into your daily walks. The best part? Your dog will love it, and we’re certain you’ll enjoy doing it with them too (plus, it’s super low effort).

While you may already be familiar with how to tire out a puppy, our tip allows your dog (of any age) to explore their senses, practice their impulse control, and is mentally stimulating at the same time. 

Here’s everything you need to know: 

The next time you take your dog for a walk, make sure you pack some of the best dog treats in your bag as this is what your dog will be ‘seeking’. 

In the video, we sprinkled Wally’s treats all over the place - in the grass, behind the bushes, and tucked under some small logs. We suggest placing them at a variety of heights to make the game even more exciting for your pup. This will also allow them to stretch out their legs and get active (rather than jumping up on you). 

Whilst you’re setting up the game, ask your dog to sit and wait while you scatter the treats. This is a great way to practice impulse control which helps them stay focused and safe in the long run. If your dog struggles with a sit and wait command, simply ask someone to hold the dog’s leash while you hide the treats before releasing them to seek them out. 

This simple game of hide-and-seek takes just two minutes to set up and will provide your dog with a long list of benefits, from sensory exploration to mental stimulation. The latter is crucial for their well-being and can help improve their cognitive function, release anxiety in dogs, and reduce hyperactivity

Did you know that mental activity is four times more tiring than physical activity? According to SPCA, an hour's walk is the same as 15 minutes of brain training and your dog must get both daily. That’s why this game is so great - it combines the two, making your life a whole lot easier.

After trying this trick on your next walk, you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon whilst your sleepy pup snoozes. 

Enjoyed this? Don’t miss our selection of brain games for dogs. If you’d rather try something at home, these indoor games for dogs will keep your canine companion amused for hours.

Megan Milstead
Staff Writer

Megan is a Staff Writer on PetsRader, covering news, features and buying guides. She has a wealth of experience looking after animals, having grown up with dogs, cats and horses all of her life. She’s particularly interested in pet happiness and behavior, which she loves to research in her spare time. You’ll often find her watching webinars on reactivity in dogs or researching cat body language. She loves going the extra mile for her cats Chilli and Nala (who also help out with testing the best products for our buying guides). 

Megan studied BA Journalism at the University of Westminster, where she specialized in lifestyle journalism and was editor of Smoke Radio’s online magazine. She also graduated from West Herts College with a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Journalism. Before joining the PetsRadar family last year, she worked on the editorial team at Harrods and has spent most of her career writing for specialized titles, like RunningShoesGuru, Licklist and Mr. After Party. 

Megan works alongside qualified vets and accredited trainers to ensure you get the best advice possible. She is passionate about finding accurate and helpful answers to your pet-related questions.