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It's as easy as 1.....2.....3.....

Have you guys heard of the Counting Game?


If you have troubles with recall, then it's for sure a game you should know about!


The Counting Game is super easy and aims to build value for the dog on proximity to you.


  1. Fill a tub of treats

  2. Go into your garden (or lounge if its soggy outside!)

  3. Stand in one spot, bend to the floor and very OBVIOUSLY place a treat on the ground by your feet as you say THREE!

  4. Repeat 10-15 times (Yes, there are free for your dog - you're reward charging the word)

  5. Move to another spot, turn to the side so that you're not facing your dog, and say THREE as you place a treat down

  6. Move again and repeat 5 or 6 times

Now let's start counting...


  1. As you move off, start from ONE and count up slowly, placing a treat on the floor with every number, and using a ridiculously obvious arm movement that says - I'm putting a treat on the ground over here

  2. When your dog arrives, keep going and add a couple of extra numbers and treats to add value to staying, not scarpering

  3. Repeat 5 times and stop for the day

Putting it into Practice...


Week 1: At home and in the Garden

Week 2: In a quiet space on a long lead

Week 3: In a space with some distractions, on lead

Week 4: If you feel there's consistency and love for the game in a safe space, drop that lead


Thank you to Chirag Patel for his life-changing yet simple game!


Let us know how you go!


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