In a perfect world, our dogs would get plenty of outdoor play time and long walks. Sometimes, that's just not possible. We’ve put together five of our favorite indoor activities to try with your dog on those days when getting outside just isn’t an option.
1. Have a fun training session
You don’t need a ton of space to practice some basic obedience commands. Focusing your dog’s attention is a great way to tire him out, improve his obedience and strengthen his bond with you. Start simply and work up to a complex routine. You’d be surprised at how following a sit-down-sit-down sequence can exhaust a dog. Don’t forget the rewards!
2. Hide and Seek
Hide your dog’s favorite toy and teach her how to find it. Combine obedience and searching skills. Put your dog on a down stay while you hide the toy and then use a release word to signal that she can start searching. You can start with treats or a combination of treats and a toy. As your dog gets better at finding the toy, make the challenge greater. Eliminate treats and just use a toy; put out three bowls and hide the toy under one; ask her to stay in position for longer periods of time after hiding the toy.
3. Make your dog work for dinner
Rather than simply putting food in a bowl, fill a Kong or similar toy with your dog’s food. Stuff it tightly and let your dog work to get dinner. If you have time, freeze the stuffed toy for a greater challenge. Anything that engages your dog’s mind will sap excess energy.
4. Go shopping
Dog boutiques, pet stores, and dog bakeries are perfect places to visit with your dog. Stroll up and down every aisle. Let your dog sniff away. Greet other visitors and employees. Just make sure your dog is leashed and under control for your entire visit.
5. Teach him a trick
Always wanted your dog to roll over and play dead? Shake hands? Sing? Now’s the time to grab a pile of treats and start teaching!
We’d love to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for indoor play time with your dog and we’ll publish them in a future blog. Most importantly, remember to have fun with your buddy!