Calm Dog Games – Games & Enrichment Deck

@finleythespringer

Mental wellbeing for dogs ♡

Developed specifically for owners and carers to develop calmness, confidence and connection with their dog in a quick, easy and stress-free format.

Provides mental stimulation to satisfy your dog’s cognitive wellbeing and enrichment to relieve stress, helping you achieve a more relaxed, chilled and calm household ~ all within a few minutes a day.

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How does this work?

Thinking and decision making is tiring for dogs. Beyond training a dog to perform “tricks” (i.e. sit, lie down, spin etc), our focus is on targeting and reinforcing positive behaviours – namely CALMNESS, CONFIDENCE and CONNECTION with you.

Our games hardwire these three core components because they are designed in a way that…

  1. … dogs find engaging – Dogs love to play and are individuals in their own right, thus they learn best through fun, positive experiences.
  2. …gives your dog appropriate outlets for expressing natural behaviours – A dog wants to chew, shake, sniff, explore etc so let’s give them the opportunity to do so and be a part of the fun!
  3. …rewards good decisions – Set up dog with opportunities to make “good” decisions and challenge their decision making ability.
  4. …keeps it fresh – variety is a key component of enrichment and it’s so easy to get stuck in a rut doing the same few things. With 52 different games and activities, many with multiple levels of progression, you can ensure your dog gets lots of variety.

Never worry about entertaining your dog again! 

Thinking isn’t just tiring for dogs, it’s tiring for us too! This is why I put the games into the card deck format. Instead of always trying to think up something to do with my spaniel, I could simply shuffle and pick a card.

This really helped me to free up headspace and give me peace of mind that I was giving him an enriching day.

What’s inside the box?

  • Deck of 52 Game Cards – The back of each card has instructions to a different game or activity. The front of each card is also unique and features a different watercolour dog.
  • 5 colour-coded Key Categories: Calm, Focus, Play, Puzzle & Bond
  • Booklet for additional guidance and progressive activity levels.

Includes: 

✔ Scent games – become part of your dog’s #1 activity!
✔ Enrichment activities – includes easy DIY puzzle feeding activities & provides an appropriate outlet for expressing natural & stress relieving behaviours.
✔ Brain games – boosts your dog’s confidence and motivation levels.
✔ Bonding exercises – strengthens your relationship through working together.
✔ Stealth training – reinforces positive behaviours such as toy sharing, recall, proximity and responsiveness while your dog just thinks you’re the most fun person ever.

Our approach is always positive reinforcement!

Please note: Enrichment activities, such as puzzles and slow feeding, inherently require some kind of ‘equipment’. Most of this can be utilised with regular household items like an old towel, cardboard box etc (as directed). A fleece plait is also recommended, though again, you could always make your own. 

 

How to play

The deck puts mental stimulation and enrichment in the palm of your hand.

1. Pick a card

Select from a category or choose at random from the whole deck.

2. Follow the instructions

Play the game for 3-5 minutes (enrichment activities can happily occupy your dog for longer).

3. Play again or chill

3-5 games over the course of the day are typically sufficient to add moments of fun,  interest and engagement.

Targeted training

The games are divided into categories so you can select a key area to work on, as and when needed, or you can choose from the whole deck for variety.

How’s my dog doing?

  • Calm 80% 80%
  • Focus 60% 60%
  • play 70% 70%
  • puzzle 50% 50%
  • bond 60% 60%

Ideal for

  • Daily mental stimulation
  • Adverse weather conditions (heatwaves, storms etc)
  • Recovery from injury
  • Making you more interesting to your dog (especially in distracting environments)
  • Helping your dog to settle in new situations
  • Developing a relationship with a new dog
  • Getting the whole family involved with your dog (always supervise children)
  • For people or dogs with limited mobility
  • Busy times
  • Fosterers, rescue centre workers and other dog-professionals; boarders, groomers, walkers etc.

Especially good for dogs who are: High energy | Highly intelligent | Busy-bodies | Working bred | Get bored easily | Low confidence | Lack focus | Limited mobility

TIP: I like to pick a card whenever I put the kettle on. This way you can play a game in the kitchen for a couple of minutes while you are waiting for the kettle to boil and then have a nice sit-down and a cup of tea while your dog snoozes peacefully!

Think they’re the best thing I’ve seen on Instagram! For someone like me who is a first time springer owner and had to learn everything myself these are perfect!

@ouryorkshirebuddy

Originally developed for my springer spaniel, Cam, we are so pleased to have made over 2000 tails wag so far!

“The booklet is a fabulous wealth of information! As a dog trainer, you nailed some core elements missed by some owners. So, thank you for the effort you put into these and the cards.” 

See more reviews below!

Shipping & Delivery

Worldwide shipping is available from the UK via Royal Mail.

Orders are typically sent out within 24 hours during the working week.

Shipping options are automatically calculated at checkout.

Delivery aims

UK: First Class: 1-2 working days | Second Class: 2-3 working days

Europe: Standard: 3-5 working days | Economy: up to 2 weeks (Western) & up to 5 weeks (Eastern)

International: Standard: 6-7 working days | Economy: 2+ weeks (North America up to 6 weeks, South America, Africa and Asia in up to 8 weeks & Australia in up to 12 weeks)

International countries may incur import tax/duty. Please check this for your own country. 

Existing Deck Customers
If you are an owner of the previous deck and are wondering how this differs from your deck, here is what you need to know:

Your deck contains a mix of brain games, enrichment activities and training exercises. Going forward, I will be splitting this into two decks – “Games and Enrichment” (Vol 1) and “Training Exercises” (Vol 2). This enables me to give more of a deep dive into each area.

Vol 1 is all about giving your dog an interesting and enriching life, giving them an outlet to express their natural behaviours and having fun with them, working on your bond and their confidence levels.

Vol 2 will be more geared towards helping build focus and responsiveness in increasingly distracting environments. It will turn key concepts such as recall, toy sharing, loose leash, settling etc into games that you can play regularly to help your dog feel motivated to want to offer these behaviours more and more.

In Vol 1, there are 32 NEW games and enrichment activities, including scent games and DIY puzzle feeders. 20 games from the last deck have been carried over so there is some crossover. Some of these have been updated.

Hope that explains things!

If you would like to pick up this deck, please forward me your previous order email with the subject line UPDATE and I will send you a discount code. This will only be valid for your individual use and is for existing deck customers only.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out @calmddoggames or chloe (@) calmdoggames.com.

(12 customer reviews)

£19.95

In stock (can be backordered)

This card deck has been made with love and I very much appreciate your order. Thank you! ~ Chloe (& Cam)

Developed for the love of my spaniel (and for the need to satisfy his highly active mind)!

Ever heard the saying "A happy dog is a tired dog"? That's all well and good, but what happens when your dog never seems to tire - no matter how much you walk them?

As a spaniel owner, I understand. Long walks only made him fitter and faster! Through training my pup, I discovered that mental stimulation is far more tiring for dogs than walks. I was amazed at how soundly he slept after just a few minutes of playing these games.

Our game repertoire grew to continue stretching his brain in different ways and this is how Calm Dog Games was created. Having met many owners who are stressed out and dealing with high-energy dogs, I realised I could help other people with this card deck.

...Because thinking is tiring for us too! Not only are there 52 games to keep your dog entertained, but many of the games also have multiple levels of progression. All you have to do is follow the card!

Dogs LOVE playing games, and the best part is you can play them in as little as 60 seconds. So you can sleep soundly knowing your dog has had an enriching day, even when you've been rushed off your feet.

Additional information

Weight 250 g
Dimensions 23 × 12.5 × 3 cm

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This card deck is very much a passion project made with a lot of love and so I really appreciate hearing your feedback. Thank you so much for everyone who has sent a review to me or to one of our stockists.

12 reviews for Calm Dog Games - Games & Enrichment Deck

  1. D’s Fun4Dogs (verified owner)

    These cards are amazing, really nicely designed produced. Well worth the money. Many thanks Chloe. Our boys will love them.

    • Chloe

      Thank you so much! So glad you like them 🙂

  2. Michael Goodwin

    Love the deck, it’s amazing for days when the weather is too grim to venture outside. Always wears my spaniel out in no time and has really helped me develop a better bond with him.

  3. Gemma Pugh-Roberts (verified owner)

    Having a Border Collie puppy, these cards are well needed and well used!
    I purchased them at the start of lockdown 3, knowing that we wouldn’t be able to go out as much with him and that I sometimes run out of ideas of mental enrichment games to do with him.
    They are fantastic! Easy to use, well explained and great mental stimulation for my boy!
    I highly recommend them for all dog owners and cannot sing enough praises for how great this product is!

  4. Kirsty and Jessie

    I absolutely love these cards and now recommend them to all of my friends with dogs!
    They’re so simple to use and are perfect for adding enrichment to your dogs life. They’re also beautifully illustrated too, which I adore!
    We already include lots of toys, games and activities in our dog, Jessie’s life to make it enriched and enjoyable. However, I was looking for some new and simple ideas for days when we stay at home but also ideas to use to help with engagement on walks as Jessie is easily distracted by the environment. These have worked wonders and Jessie now wiggles with joy when we play her favourite games from these cards and they have improved her focus and attention greatly. I would highly recommend!!

  5. Chloe

    Thank you so much for recommending them to your friends Kirsty! That means so much. Oh my goodness, “wiggles with joy”, that’s made my day haha.

  6. Mara and Pudge the Lab

    No joke, this deck has saved my sanity! Having an energetic lab puppy during lockdown means having to be very creative in tiring him out when walks aren’t enough. This deck has a variety of games which are suitable for puppies of all ages and really gets them focused and building their bond with you. 100% must have!

    • Chloe

      Thank you so much Mara! So glad they have been of use, especially with lockdown! Look forward to seeing how you both get on!

  7. Sepali (verified owner)

    Brilliant idea! Bought for my high energy pup: it has been really helpful in tiring her out, through enrichment, instead of heavy physical exercise which she can’t have lots of. It’s full of amazing ideas and has been instrumental in encouraging calmness. Every dog owner should have a pack! I messed up the order, but Chloe helped sort it out quickly and was so lovely throughout 😊

    • Chloe

      Thank you so much for your lovely words 🙂

  8. Francine Gregory (verified owner)

    Love these ! Creative and easy to use and loads of choice. Lovely format that’s so much more practical to use than a book.

  9. Mel

    I haven’t used these cards yet as they arrived an hour ago but I’ve had a look through and they look brilliant! I love the way some cards have increased levels and each card requires different behaviours from my puppy. I’ve picked out a “play” card I’m going to use with him in my lunch hour

  10. Michelle and Alfie (verified owner)

    Love this! Very easy to use and easy to understand, the exercises are short and fun enough to keep the dogs attention, without getting too worn out, bored, or so full of treats that they wont eat their food. 😉
    Me and Alfie especially love To Me, To You, it’s so much fun. 😀

    • Chloe

      Aw thanks so much for leaving a review, appreciated! Glad you like them 🙂

  11. Sue Troth

    Second to none! I have had a long wait, due to post problems , to receive my cards. Chloe has been incredibly supportive and kept in touch, checking on the situation. I could not have asked for more. And wow, the cards are amazing. Can’t thank you enough , Chloe

  12. Karen Homer-Forbes

    Fantastic, easy to use, bite size training for you and your best friend (canine that is).

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Great for any dog lover. Lovely cards with some great games on them. Simple ideas well thought out. Glad I bought them. I feel I have an ace up my sleeve with these.

Emily A.

Human ordered me some Calm Dog Games cards and they have been so much fun! Check them out if you haven't already!
Alfie the lab

Fantastic idea! enrichment for any dog breed, Perfect for pets/owners who can't manage long walks, and perfect for rainy days!
Chloe H.

Honestly brilliant!

These are great little fun games to help focus, calm bond and play with my dog, and I love the fact that it has a little book that has higher levels of you can train further. It's compact to carry around and to just whip one out, I really enjoy doing the focus games with my pup while out walking!

Tia B.

The exercises are super simple, quick and fun to play. Osiris loves the extra attention!! Thanks so much!!
Kaél E.

Lots of useful games to enhance both dog and human bond. Lots of games to choose from. Well worth the purchase. 

Janett K.

Great games for every occasion. Wish they'd been plasticised. ...I intend to laminate them to extend useful life and weatherproof them. great for this awful wet weather when we can't get out. 

[REPLY: Our #ipledge mission is to be as eco-friendly as possible which is why we have them made out of card instead of plastic 🙂  The new deck do now have a varnish to extend life.] 

Brenda M.

A brilliant idea!

These cards are a brilliant idea, they are fun, easy to use and only take a few minutes. It is a great way of getting new ideas for games to play with your dog. I have found they are a great way of getting the rest of the family involved in dog training/play. I encourage everyone to take one card a day and play the game with our dogs. The dogs love it.

Patricia M.

I bought these cards for my dog for Christmas, and I am so impressed with them! We’ve played a few of the different games now and we both have so much fun ? I love picking three cards to play each day. I can’t recommend these enough, especially if you are a bit stuck with your training ❤️
Laura @olivethechichi

Never seen anything like this before! Love it!
Archie's Treat Boxes

Good for training and bonding with my boy as well as making his brain work. 

Kathryn G.

Had a quick look over the cards and I know Poppy will enjoy playing the games. Bought these over the Christmas period to keep her entertained. 

Gill D.

Great idea. Received our cards yesterday. I think they are BRILLIANT. We are holed up in one room of the house (+2 labs!!) downstairs atm, whilst builders/decorators are in rest, so these are useful for instant entertainment! My one criticism - the script is not always easy to read. 

[REPLY: Script font has now been updated to make them easier to read!]

Joanna

These are one of the best things we've ever bought for our energetic cocker Spaniel!

They're easy to follow and great for giving you good ideas to keep them stimulated.

Some can take you as long as you want, others just 5 minutes but it's such a good way to keep then engaged, particularly on a wet and rainy day!

My niece who is 11 absolutely loves getting these out to play with the dog when she's over. I take a handful of the cards whenever we go somewhere too so I have something on hand to prompt some games and training.

Maggie loves them too and does an excited bum wiggle when she sees the box ?

Francesca M

A handy resource for enrichment and training. These cards are a great way to find games that will help you boost the behaviours you want from your dog. 

Being able to pick a card at random is an easy way to make sure you include variety in your play. 

They're great for rainy days and handy for holidays, and they include lots of ideas that would work for dogs who are on restricted exercise. 

I especially like the little book that explains the thinking behind the games and how to take them to the next level as your dog becomes an expert. 

On top of that they're very pretty and easy to wrap, so I am working out who I can buy them for as a gift.

Jacqui G.

What a brilliant idea!

Too often we walk Maisie where we should be using her brain and tiring her out mentally. Absolutely love them!

What a great idea! Can't wait to get started on Maisie's training!

Meg

I love that they are organized by concept so you can easily find a solution to a struggle you may be working on.

They will make amazing gifts for any occasion!

A wonderful idea! Thank you!

Carol M.

Simple and fun fun fun! The calm dog playcards is awesome, easy and simple games to play whenever. Even my boyfriend is using them.

Veronica J.

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