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 Staff Writer on PetsRadar and covers news, features, buying guides, and reviews. When she’s not talking about her cats, Nala and Chilli (a rare occasion), you’ll find her watching funny pet videos on Instagram and sending hundreds of them to her friends. She’s particularly interested in pet wellness and is fascinated by cat behavior. Megan has been animal-obsessed for as long as she can remember, having grown up with pets since the age of three and competed in horse riding competitions for seven years. She has had a variety of animals, including horses, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, and fish, which taught her first-hand everything she knows about pet care.


Megan studied Journalism at the University of Westminster, where she specialized in lifestyle journalism and was Editor of the online student publication, Smoke Radio. She has experience working across digital and print media and previously worked for titles such as Harrods, My Local News, and Licklist. As a committed pet mom of two, she enjoys going the extra mile for her cats and is passionate about helping readers find the answers they need.