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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. 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.
7. Frozen Kong Delight
By far, my German Shepherd enjoys this mental exercise the best, as the food seems to last longer and keep her quiet.
Place a mixture of moistened kibble into the center.
I like to add a few spoonfuls of unflavored Greek yogurt mixed into the food for extra encouragement.
Set this into the freezer for a few hours to stiffen up.
When frozen, give to your dog for a tasty mealtime surprise!
This is best served in an area that’s easy to clean, like outdoors or a hard floor in the kitchen.
If you buy a few Kongs you can keep them in your freezer for times when you want or need to keep your German Shepherd busy and entertained.
This is an especially useful activity for German Shepherd puppies when they’re teething!
8. Tupperware Surprise
I’m sure most of you have extra plastic food storage containers lying around or missing their lids.
Put them to use with this game.
Place several pieces of plastic food storage containers upside down, without their lids, over a handful of kibble.
You can put the food storage containers all in one room or place them in multiple rooms for a seek and find activity.
Encourage your dog to go find the kibble, and help them find the first few to get them started.
They must figure out how to turn the container over with their paws or nose – which is tricky for some dogs, especially for puppies.
Use this mental exercise inside or outside, depending on the weather. If you want other ideas for how to increase your German Shepherd’s life span, then check out my tips for lengthening your companion’s life span.
9. Easy Mini Presents
This game also uses empty cardboard tubes from paper towels or toilet paper.
You’ll need a few of them to start this brain exercise.
Place their kibble in brown shipping or craft paper or even a clean paper towel.
Next, wrap the kibble up securely and place the wrapped kibble inside the cardboard tubes.
Encourage your dog to explore the tubes.
You can see my German Shepherd enjoying the game of finding treats in cardboard tubes.
As simple as this sounds the activity keeps my German Shepherd busy as she delicately removes the kibble from the boxes or toilet roll tubes stuff with kibble and paper.
Supervise your dog to ensure your dog doesn’t eat the pieces of cardboard or paper packaging.
This activity can get messy!
10. The Mad Scientist Game
To watch your GSD perform their mad scientist routine you’ll need this dog chemistry setwhich is a fun, interactive toy!
This game really gets an active Shepherd moving and keeps them occupied!
Setup the mad scientist game by selecting which level of challenge your dog needs.
Show your dog that flipping and turning the plastic beakers release treats. Encourage them to try on their own.
Let your dog paw and spin the beakers as the kibble drops and watch happiness light upon their faces!
11. Mental IQ Ball Challenge
If you’re wondering what to do with your puppy’s endless energy or your Shepherd’s need to herd, then this is the game for you!
You’ll need to have a ball IQ toy or something similar to start.
Place their kibble meal or another dry treat inside the ball and adjust the level of difficulty to help provide a challenge to their minds and bodies.
As your dog chases the ball they burn extra calories while trying to release their treats.
You can take this game fully apart for cleaning, so if your dog is a first-class drooler you can easily clean their toys.
This is a great German Shepherd activity for a puppy or even older dog.
12. Tunnel Dash
Owners of our high energy breed will appreciate teaching their dog both indoor agility to challenge their minds and outdoor agility – to challenge their minds and use their energy!
With an outdoor agility kit, even those owners living remotely or who don’t want to pay for agility training can give their German Shepherds the mental and physical stimulation they deserve.
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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