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Top 5 Games to Play with Your New Puppy

May 18, 2017

So, your new goldendoodle puppy’s home.  Now what?  




The transition to their forever home is a pivotal time in the life of your dog.  If you followed our how to prepare for you new puppy suggestions, then I’m sure you are well on your way to bonding together!  We hope these 5 games provide hours of endless fun and training opportunities!

1. Hide & Seek


An old classic, with a twist.  Either hide yourself or your puppy’s favorite new toy.  While searching for you, use the command “come” to call them.  Familiarizing themselves with your voice and this voice command is a win, win!  


And, sniffing out their favorite toy fine tunes their seek & find skills.  Next you will be able to call toys by name for them to find & drop in their toy box! Yes - dogs can clean up their toys just like children (maybe even more reliably!).


2. Exploration Stroll


Ok.  I tried to make a fancy title.  But, this is just going for a walk.  Might not seem exciting for you, but providing opportunities to explore on the beach, around the neighborhood, or at the park is very stimulating for your pup.  


A couple things to keep in mind.  Dog trainers recommend a 4 to 6 foot lead to keep your pup save.  And, keep the walk around 5 minutes per month (20 minutes for a 4 month old).  Running should be on your pup’s terms as forcing a run before their joints have developed can cause damage.


3. Fetch


One the kiddos love to get involved in.  Tune up your pitchin’ arm and burn some puppy energy.  Keep in mind the weight of the toy being thrown.  Small, lightweight, easy to retrieve toys like stuffed animals, are important at this age. And, avoid sticks; they can b