How to play the cups game with your dog

This is a simple game you can play with your dog using things you will easily be able to find at home.

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  • Find two cups.
  • Clearly and visibly place a treat under one cup, leaving the other empty.
  • Switch them around slowly a few times.
  • Release your dog to find the treat under the correct cup.

TIP! You may find it easier to have another person hold the dog on lead while you set up. When they understand the game, try doing it on your own.

This game can help with concentration, self-control and impulsivity. Make it harder by adding a third cup or switching them more times and faster.

Have fun!

We’ve put together some brain games and enrichment ideas for dogs during the coronavirus lockdown period to help keep your dogs happy.

Enrichment is described as giving animals’ mental stimulation that allows them to perform natural behaviours, permits them to be more active and increases the control over their environment. Enrichment helps satisfy both the physical and psychological needs of animals and allows them to make choices and encourages them to use their brain to solve puzzles and problems. This can increase their overall happiness and satisfaction, whilst reducing boredom, anxiety and physical and psychological energy.

See all of our good ideas for lockdown.