This is a calming game that provides mental stimulation and fun. It encourages your dog to sniff, something it loves to do! The Munchies mascots, Mino and Toxa, adore this game. When we first started playing it, Mino just looked at us. He had to learn to sniff around for the treats. Now he can’t wait to get his nose in!
- Give your dog a treat so it knows what to sniff.
- Shut the door of the room where you’ll be playing so that your pup can’t see you hiding the treats.
- Hide a few treats around the room. Put some in obvious places and each time you play, gradually build up to more challenging hidey spots.
- Open the door and say ‘GO FIND!’
You might need to help your dog to begin with if it has never done any scent games before. Dogs are one of the few animals that can follow pointing, so point to where you have hidden a treat, or lead it over towards it. Give your pup a helping hand if necessary while it leans how to play scent games such as this one.
When all the treats have been found, we say ‘ALL GONE!’ to mark the end of the game. After a few times of playing this game and saying ‘All gone’ at the end, your dog will learn that ‘All gone’ means the game has finished.
A happy dog having fun searching for treats!
See our other mental stimulation games for dogs here.
Take a look at our range of delicious and healthy dog treats that you can use in game playing.