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Are you looking for fun German Shepherd activities to keep their minds sharp and their brain’s happy?
You’re in the right spot!
Activities are an excellent way to provide your German Shepherd with mental stimulation to reduce boredom and increase good behaviors.
You’ll feel relieved after you learn just a handful of these activities that increase your GSDs brainpower and help keep them calm…
Even German Shepherd puppies!
Top Activities for German Shepherd Dogs and Puppies
Seek and Find
Special Delivery Activity
Water Bottle Game
Brain Training for Dogs
Muffin Tin Dispenser
Frozen Kong Delight
The Mad Scientist Game
Mental IQ Ball Challenge
The Weaving Wonder
Games for German Shepherds can include everyday objects that you can find around your house and are fun activities that give your German Shepherd mental stimulation and exercise.
Try a few of these activities for German Shepherds and see which ones your dog loves!
1. Seek and Find
Mental stimulation with a food seek and find keeps your dog sharp by using their noses (source). You don’t need any tools to play this game, just their usual kibble.
You can use this game indoors or out in your yard or garden.
Take your dog’s regular kibble and drop a few pieces in front of them so they see you.
Now hide a few pieces around the house or yard while they watch and encourage them to find the food.
Next, work up to hiding a complete meal while they don’t see you and wait in another area.
German Shepherds have a keen sense of smell, and many learn to track. Your dog will catch on quickly to this food hunt.
2. Dog Puzzles
Food puzzles are activities that keep your dog working for their reward.
Here’s how to use this mental stimulation activity:
Get them used to their new puzzle toy by allowing them to sniff and explore the toy. Use this stimulating mind game to introduce them to puzzles since it’s a great introduction to dog puzzles.
Next, place their food in the puzzle.
Show them how to find food and encourage them to find the food on their own.
Once they are finished with the first round, keep refilling the food puzzle leaving some spaces empty and some with treats
In this activity, you’ll need a muffin baking tray and plenty of tennis balls.
Setup this game by doing this:
Place a few bits of their food or treats in the muffin tins and a tennis ball over the top.
You can leave some muffin tins without a tennis ball to make the game easier to start or for puppies learning about brain games.
When your dog is finished, refill the muffin tins.
To make the game interesting leave some tins without food, but still cover the compartment with a tennis ball.
This makes your dog use his nose more and gives a surprise when they find the food in some compartments but not in others.
It’s best to play this game on the carpet so the muffin tray doesn’t slide about and make a big mess, or frustrate your dog too much since they also need to use their paws or noses to move the tennis ball.
You may have to entice your dog through the tunnel by placing them at one eat and having them wait while you walk to the other. But German Shepherds love this type of stimulation and are expert tunnel runners!
Pretty soon you and your German Shepherd will have so much practice you’ll have to start entering agility competitions!
13. The Weaving Wonder
If your dog enjoys high-energy activities, then add to your agility set by using these easy to set up weave poles.
Your athletic Shepherd will love to use their brains and their agility to figure out the best way to quickly maneuver through the weave poles.
Begin by walking ahead of your dog through the weave poles and have them follow you.
Reward them frequently in between poles in the beginning.
When they make it to the end, celebrate and reward them again.
Eventually, have your GSD make more turns of the poles before the reward.
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