At our last monthly meeting we played one of my favorite dog obedience games: tic tac toe! If you haven’t ever played it with a bunch of puppies and dogs, it is a riot. And that got me thinking about what other games there are out there that might be fun for any dog get togethers that you or your friends might be having. Especially with the coming holiday season, we all want to show off how well behaved OUR dog is, right?! What better way than kicking some serious booty at tic tac toe!
Tic Tac Toe
First, you need to divide the group into two teams. You will need at least 10 dogs, 5 on each team for a real good game. All puppies 5 months and under are allowed to have the handler stand in the square with them as they do a sit stay or a down stay. They are allowed three times to break the stay and after the third break, they are out and their square is open again. Dogs 6 months and older must be in the square alone. They, too, are permitted to break three times.
As you can see from the above photo, if you have some good dogs, it is easy to come to a draw! Now, if you want to see the whole game in action, I do have a video:
Red Light Green Light
At DogObedienceGames.com there are quite a few games listed. These instructions are adapted from those on the website. Red Light Green Light sounded like one that could be most able to be used in a group like my monthy Southeastern Guide Dog meetings. In this game, like the childhood game, you begin by having a leader (Red Light). Red Light turns his/her back to the group and shouts “Green Light!” Each dog and handler then walks with a loose leash towards the Red Light until he/she shouts “Red Light 1-2-3!” and then turns around to see whose dog is not sitting.
When handlers hear “Red Light 1-2-3!” they must stop moving and have their dog sit. Anyone Red Light sees whose dog is not sitting when he/she turns around must return to the starting line. Repeat until someone crosses the line that Red Light is standing on.
At this point, you can either make this person the new Red Light and begin again or play another game.
I liked this site because it had a whole list of different games. Evidently, they had a doggie Olympics and had a bunch of different games for dogs and owners to play, with prizes as well. Check out the website for more great ideas. I have seen this game of musical hoops done with chairs, but I liked their take on it better, because the dog was the one that was doing the work. In their version, “handlers heel their dogs around a row of hula hoops. When the music stops, handlers tell their dogs to “sit” (or “down”) so that at least two of their paws are in a hoop. Any dogs without two paws in a hoop are excused. One hoop is then removed and the game continues until only three dogs remain.” (Pawsabilities.net/dogOlympics)
Karla on the German Shepard forum had two suggestions:
- For dogs who can do a down on recall, the leader puts $5 in the middle of the circle. If you can drop your dog’s chest on the $5, it’s yours. (Nobody was able to do that one.)
- Another good one for the down on recall is to say a nonsense word instead of saying “down”. A nonsense word is a two or three syllable word like banana or bingo. If your dog is really listening for the command, he/she should continue coming into you. Some aren’t listening for the command; but drop because they hear your voice.
So, good luck! May your puppy, kick some butt and take some names.