Calm Dog Games – Games & Enrichment Deck
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…
- … dogs find engaging – Dogs love to play and are individuals in their own right, thus they learn best through fun, positive experiences.
- …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!
- …rewards good decisions – Set up dog with opportunities to make “good” decisions and challenge their decision making ability.
- …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.
✔ 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.
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%
- 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!
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.
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
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.
In stock (can be backordered)
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.
|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.
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.
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!
Lots of useful games to enhance both dog and human bond. Lots of games to choose from. Well worth the purchase.
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.]
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.
Good for training and bonding with my boy as well as making his brain work.
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.
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!]
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 ?
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.
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!
They will make amazing gifts for any occasion!
A wonderful idea! Thank you!
Simple and fun fun fun! The calm dog playcards is awesome, easy and simple games to play whenever. Even my boyfriend is using them.