Games to play with your dog
1. Take a large towel or blanket and gently throw it over your dog's
head. If he frees himself from the towel in less than 15 seconds,
give him 3 points. If it takes 15-30 seconds, 2 points. If it takes
him longer than 30 seconds, give him 1 point.
If he lays down and sleeps under the blanket, he's a basset hound
2. Place a treat (or his favorite toy) under one of three buckets that
are lined up in a row. Show your dog which bucket the treat is under.
Turn the dog away for 10 seconds. Then let the dog go.
If he goes straight to the right bucket (the one with the treat under
it), give him 3 points. If it takes two tries to find the treat, 2
points. If he checks the wrong two first before finding the treat,
give him 1 point.
If, while you are setting up your buckets, he steals the box of
treats you left on the table, he's a basset hound
3. Place a treat in a square of aluminum foil and fold it twice to close
it. If the dog uses his paws to get the foil open, give him 3 points.
If he uses his mouth and paws to open the foil, give him 2 points. If
he can't get the foil open and just starts playing with it, give him
If he grabs the aluminum foil, and eats it along with the treat, he's a basset
4. On a day you normally don't walk the dog, quietly pick up your keys,
and his leash (and whatever else you usually take with you) while
he's watching. If he gets excited, score 3. If you have to walk to
the door before he knows it is time to go out, score 2. If he sits
there with a confused look on his face, give him 1 point.
If he looks at you, and then takes your seat on the couch, than he's a basset
5. With your dog out of the room, rearrange the furniture. If he goes
directly to his favorite spot on the couch, the one with his
impression in the cushion, give him 3 points. If he investigates the
room and finds his favorite spot within 30 seconds, give him 2
points. If he settles for a less comfortable place because he's just
too lazy to make the effort, score 1 point.
If he heads for the bedroom, and snuggles under your comforter, than he's a basset
6. Construct a barrier from cardboard. The barrier should be higher than
your dog when he's on two legs. Attach two boxes to either side as
support structures. The entire barrier should be about 5 feet wide.
Cut a 3-inch-wide rectangular aperture in the center of the barrier.
The aperture should run from about 4-inches from the top to about
4-inches from the bottom. Give yourself 10 points - those were pretty
complicated directions! As for the dog, show him a treat from the
other side of the barrier. If he walks around the barrier within 30
seconds, give him 3 points. If he goes around the barrier between 30
seconds and a minute, give him 2 points. If he gets his head stuck in
the aperture, give him 1 point for trying. Bonus points: If he goes
to someone else in the house and gets a treat, give him 3 points - he
knows how to get the goodies.
If he knocks the barrier over, steals the treat, knocks you down,
drools all over you, and then steals the box of treats you left on
the table, than he's a basset hound