I have trained her to expect something fun whenever I say the magic words "It's playtime"! Hopefully it will work when she's off-leash. It usually gets her attention, but making her obey is another story. She knows all the commands very well, but being a shiba inu that she is, when I give a command, I can almost see her thought-balloon that reads "Why should I?"
This morning's Playtime was a search game- DIY-style. She used to have these rubber balls that she eventually split in the middle, creating half-spheres. I would hide a treat one at a time, and she would guess which half-sphere contains a treat. To get the treat, she would have to pick up the half-sphere and overturn it, as no amount of simple nosing or pushing would reveal the treat.
Mya and Her Half-Spheres
(They used to be balls.)
Mya searching. Sniff...sniff...