Finding the time to fit in enough activities and exercise for your dog can be tricky, especially when the weather isn’t so great. Playing Frisbee or throwing a stick in the kitchen is not the greatest idea. But with some imagination and creativity you can come up with a fun set of indoor games and activities.
Remember that just because you’re stuck indoors doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun. In fact, indoor activities are a great way to keep your dog from getting bored and stop them from chewing shoes, table legs, or shredding newspapers.
Here are some simple suggestions for you to keep your dog entertained.
- Play Hide and Seek With Your Dog
This is by far the easiest game to play, no matter the size of your house and it’s fun too. Have your dog sit and wait while you go find a place to hide. Call them once when you are hidden and praise them enthusiastically when they find you.
- Play a Game of Tug-Of-War for a Nice Workout
This is another easy game to play and your dog will love it too. You just need a rope or something strong to pull on. It’s a great way to release some extra energy for both you and your dog.
- Teach Your Dog a New Trick
Does your dog know how to play dead? Maybe you can teach them to shake a paw. There’s always a new trick you can teach your dog. It’s great to show off your dog’s new trick to house guests too. Once your dog knows a bunch of tricks, step it up a notch and combine them into new tricks, for example you can get your dog to play commando by crawling and rolling.
- Master the Basics of Obedience Training
Does your dog know all of the basic obedience commands? Does he have a reliable call and stay? Even well trained dogs need a refresher course now and then to keep them sharp. It never hurts to practice. All dogs should have a reliable sit, down, stay, drop it, and come command.
- Teach Your Dog to Fetch My Slippers and Paper
Dogs love having a job to do, even if it’s something as simple as fetching you your slippers. Make them feel extra useful by teaching them the names of some items you wouldn’t mind them retrieving for you. If you want to impress all of your friends teach your dog to fetch you something from the fridge. To make it easy on your dog and tie a towel around the handle so it’s easy to pull open the door.
- Create Your Own Indoor Obstacle Course For Your Dog
This one is fun! Create your own obstacle course inside your home. Have your dog jump over some towels, weave through toys, and then lay down on a blanket. Use your imagination and come up with a set of obstacles for your dog to follow.
Being indoors doesn’t have to be dull. Play some fun games with your dog or teach them something new. Dogs thrive with interactive play. It’s necessary for a dog’s health and well being. To keep your dog busy you don’t need a bunch of fancy toys or access to the outdoors, you just need a little bit of time and dedication.
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