Hide and Seek Recalls is a game that I have played with my dogs a lot. I started way back when I first got Zoe. We'd go to completely fenced dog parks and I'd hide and let her find me. Sometimes I would call her and sometimes not. She would need to use her sight, hearing and nose to find me and it was a great way to work her brain.When we got Phoenix we didn't play as much because getting Phoenix to take her eyes off of me for even a second didn't happen very often. I used to call her "Overly Attached Girlfriend" (Have you seen those memes? They are hilarious).
Zoe says, "I see you, silly mother!!"
Now that we've been going to the same park a lot and Phoenix has more confidence than she did when I first got her, we are able to play this game a little more. The girls love it. The joy on their faces when they figure out where I am makes it worth it! The game has had an added benefit of also teaching them to keep an eye on their "errant" mother because she might just wander off! They've learned that they need to keep up with me, too.
"Ha! Found You!!" says Phoenix.
There are some variations of this game you can play with your dog. You can hide in your house or your backyard. I've used empty dog parks before, too. I would just recommend that you do it in a safe place if your dog isn't very reliable. Always consider their safety before doing anything like this! The way I do it is a more advanced version of the game and I would recommend starting small until they get better at it. You can get your whole family involved and have someone hold the dog by the collar while you run and hide. Or you can have everyone in the house hide and recall the dog back and forth or when the dog gets to you the helper hides and they go find that person. Help them find you if they get stuck. You never want your dog to get freaked out by this. This is supposed to be a fun game that helps build their attention on you and their recall. As soon as the girls find me they get a jackpot reward and we have a party.
Happy Hide and Seek everyone!
Have you ever played any games like this with your dog? Does your dog get a kick out of finding you like mine do?