Homemade, FUN, and inexpensive dog games are the BEST!
Sugar’s favorite is the Tennis Ball Cupcakes, also known as the Muffin Tin Game. I did not invent this game. Sugar plays this game all the time. It’s her favorite indoor winter game.
What You Need
12 hole muffin tin
12 tennis balls
The PURPOSE of Tennis Balls cupcakes is for your dog to use his/her nose to find the treat(s) in the tin, under the tennis balls.
This year, I made a modification to the game. I placed a different color tennis ball.
Does it matter? Many say that dogs are color blinded and don’t see colors. Actually, for my readings dogs see the colors green, yellow and orange as yellowish. Dogs see violet and blue as blue and blue-green as a gray. From this, Sugar definitely sees the color difference of the tennis balls.
Set-Up the GAME
Place the 12 tennis balls in the tin. Place 1 treat under the different colored tennis ball. Place the tin on the floor. If this is your dog’s 1st time to play, let him/her sniff.
This is a good game to reinforce the command sit (down), stay and go commands.
Let your dog sniff and find the treat under the tennis ball. Some dogs will just use their nose to sniff and nudge the balls out of the tin. Dog’s like Sugar will sniff, grab and drop the ball. Observe your dog while playing this game.
Some dogs might need encouragement, lift a tennis ball and show him/her the treat.
Remember to Have FUN!
If your dog is food motivated,Tennis Ball Cupcakes is a FUN PAWsome game to play. It is a wonderful and low-cost game to play with your dog, especially on winter days when its very COLD and you are stuck in the house.
Give Tennis Ball Cupcakes a try.
We will continue to share more dog games in our future posts. If you follow GoldenWoofs on Instagram, you’ve seen some of Sugar’s 15 seconds Game of the Day videos. We also shared it on our FB Golden Woofs Page.