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June 18, 2009

The other day, I thought it would be interesting to see if my dogs could find hidden treats. So I showed them a handful of treats, then made them sit and stay in the hall while I hid the treats in various places in the living room. Then I gave the release command, Okay, and they came running. Both stood in front of me waiting for a treat so I said “Find the treats” and pointed around the room. Maya caught on quickly and started sniffing around while Sephi looked around but didn’t make much effort. Even when Maya found her first treat, Sephi didn’t catch on. But the game was on for Maya! Within 10 minutes Maya found all the treats.

We have been playing this game every day since. Maya loves it. As a lab, she needs both mental and physical stimulation. When weather is bad, I at least can get in the mental stimulation indoors.

I am calling this game “Treat Tracking”. It is a fun way to keep your dog from getting bored. This game is great for dogs who use their noses as well as their eyes. Just don’t forget where you put the treats so you can make sure your dog found them all.

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