Brain Games For Dogs DIY

– Brain games can be a great way to teach your dog some problem solving skills, and in today’s video I’m gonna show you how to take this simple plastic container and turn it into a
really fun game for a dog of any breed, of any size, of any age, and any physical ability. I’m Ken Steepe. This is Grand Slam. Welcome back to McCann Dogs. (puppy barking) – If this is your first
time on the channel and you consider your dog
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single week to help you spend some quality time with
your four legged family member. Now the brain game toy that
we’re gonna make this week is a really simple one to make, and if you saw the brain
game video we posted recently you’re probably gonna have
a few of these lying around. The brain game the food puzzle
that we posted last week or something included a
bunch of tennis balls. So if you have put that together then you’re gonna have these, and if you haven’t seen that video yet then I’ll post a link above me. You can, you can check that one out, but what you’re gonna need
for this DIY toy build is an empty tennis ball
container, a pair of scissors, a sharp knife, and now
I’m using a utility knife, but if you have a really
sharp kitchen knife that’s probably gonna work just as well, and a few pieces of your dog’s kibble, and these are just gonna
be for size reference. Now the thing about this DIY brain game isn’t so much how you make it. It’s more how you
introduce it to your dog, and I’ll show you in a
minute just what I mean, But let’s get started. First we’re gonna cut a few little holes into this tennis ball container so that the kibble can fall out. First things first, I’m
gonna make a couple of cuts into this tennis ball container. Try and keep in mind how
big that kibbles gonna be so that it don’t make a huge mess when we do give it to one of the dogs. Exercise caution when you’re
using these sharp knives, ’cause this container’s
a little bit flimsy, and the last thing you’d want to do is sustain any kind of injury while you’re trying to make
one of these brain games. Now while you’re doing this try to keep the majority of your holes that we’re putting in
this tennis ball container near the middle. The likelihood is that your dog, when your dog flicks it
that this is gonna spin, and we’re really not
looking for an easy payout. If the container spins
it’s going to eject all of the treats out everywhere, and your dog’s gonna be
running around like a maniac. What we want them to
do is work a little bit and figure out that rolling this container is really what gets them
that great treat payout. So keep most of your holes, and I hope you guys can see this okay, keep most of your holes
towards the middle, you know, two thirds of
this tennis ball container. So there we go. I’ve got four holes in the
center of the container. I’m not sure how well
you guys can see that. Hopefully you can kind of see it. Maybe I’ll put it, show
the overhead camera, but I think that there’s
enough holes in here that the treats aren’t
gonna just go flying out once I’m gonna maybe
play this with Grand Slam who you guys may remember from
our last brain game video. But the treats aren’t gonna
just, just gonna go flying out, but they’ll fall out if he
figures out the right way to make the toy work. Pretty good. I’m pretty confident of that. Okay, now the important part. Let’s show Grand Slam
how to play this game. I cleared a little bit of
a space in the living room so that Slam play with
this brain game toy, and I have brought up the handheld camera so that I can you guys in and
right on top of the action. There are two little hacks
that I can mention with this, so in my short, the short amount of time that I played tennis, the
more expensive tennis balls come with a much nicer container. A little bit thicker, it’s just a nicer container in general. So if you have a dog who
will be crunching this, or you find that the first one you made it didn’t last very long, then you can buy a little bit
more expensive tennis balls, and you’ll probably get a nicer container. The other thing is if you
have a dog who’s crunching and really working hard to
get the food out of this and it’s actually taking them a lot longer and they’re damaging the
toy, put more treats in it. The more the toy pays out the less likely they are to crunch it and really knock it around like crazy. So the less interaction they have to do, the smaller the rolls,
the more treats come out. So keep that in mind. More food equals less you
know, destructive behavior with a brain game like this. Okay so I’ve plopped a couple of Slam’s kibble treats in there. Some of his dinner we’ve portioned out, and we’re going to put the lid on, and then we’ll let Slam
see if he can figure out how to get these treats out
of this brain game for him. (anticipation drumming music) (orchestral jazz) Actually over the course of
filming this video for you guys Slam actually ate his entire
dinner out of this brain game, and he was able to have
some fun while doing it. So I hope you guys enjoyed, and let us know in the comments below if you have any other ideas
for really great brain games that you do with your dog. Now if this is your
first time on the channel make sure you hit that subscribe button. We publish new videos every
single week to help you spend some quality time with
your four legged family member. You see that video over there, those are actually videos
of other DIY dog things that we’ve created for a YouTube channel that you guys might enjoy watching. On that note, I’m Ken, this
is Grand Slam, happy training. (orchestral jazz)

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4 Responses

  1. GoldRoseEquine says:

    A favorite game that Benicio likes playing, is hide and seek with "cookies." Another one that he likes is the Nina Ottosson bone game. Brain games like the muffin tray and others help teach your dog that he can be more confident in life. And not only can you use these games with your dogs but it is entertaining for the cat audience sitting at a distance!

  2. Snect Signs says:

    My dog just bit the bottle and destroyed the whole thing. Please help!

  3. Brain Training for Dogs Informer says:

    Wow, this s really worth trying! Thank you!

  4. Chong Jeng Ooi says:

    Very good idea

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