What are the rules for playing a canine version of hide-and-seek?
Dogs are not capable of understanding the complexities of the game hide-and-seek, so there are no real rules when it comes to the canine version of this game. The main objective of the game is simply to have fun and challenge your dog mentally and physically. Playing hide-and-seek is a great way to get your dog up and moving, while also getting him involved in a little bit of a mental game as well.
Having your dog find you while you are hiding is a great way to start the canine version of hide-and-seek. Simply hide somewhere and then give your dog a little hint about where you might be. This could be tapping on the floor, whistling, or saying your dog’s name. Dogs are naturally curious creatures, so if your dog hears a noise, he will most likely quickly want to locate the noise. Keep hiding until your dog finds you.
When your dog finds you, you can then initiate a game of chase with your dog. This will most likely result in your dog trying to find a “safe spot,” like behind a couch or in a crate, to avoid being caught by you. Chase your dog until he finds a spot to stop and hide. Although it won’t truly be a game of hide-and-seek, the canine version of this game can be a fun bonding activity for you and your dog.