With winter around the corner and fall in full swing, you have to find a way to keep your pooch entertained indoors. Not all days will be unfavorable to play outside, but you will get stuck in your home more than your dogs are used to. Therefore, here are some 10 fun indoor activities that will keep both you and your dog happy.
Hall ball is a house friendly game, especially if you have a larger dog. Instead of throwing the ball, just roll it on the floor and your pooch will run after it. This way, you won’t have to worry about your dog destroying anything in their way to fetch the ball.
Not to mention that neighbors won’t complain about the noise if you live in the apartment building.
Pup stair master
If you have a big home and stairs, then you are all settled to create the ultimate indoor activity for your dog. Throw them a ball or toy up the stairs to retrieve and after several times you will have one well exercised doggy.
Take your dog shopping
There are some stores that are pet-friendly so you can easily make your dog a new shopping buddy. However, if you can’t find one, visit a pet store which is always fun for dogs since they meet new friends there. Going shopping may not be the best activity, but it will keep them entertained and you will have a company.
Hide and seek
Hide the treats all around the house and let your furry friend sniff them out. This is a simple game you can teach them really quickly by tossing food and saying “find it.” It will take a few tries, but since it involves treats they will learn it pretty fast and be ready to play the game for real.
Dental chew treats
If you are working from home but still want to keep your pup happy, give them dental chew treats. They come in all shapes and sizes to fit any breed and are good for the teeth. This won’t make them entertained for long, but will keep them busy for a while.
Since we are mentioning treats, there is another way that involves them to keep your dog well entertained. Treat puzzle is a toy that rewards a dog with a treat that they have to work their way for. They come in various sizes and styles, depending on the dog breed and can be quite challenging so your dog will love them.
Doggy play date
Although your dog adores you, nothing can beat running around and playing with his doggy friends. So, organize a doggy play date and surprise your furry friend. Since they will be active a lot, use auto-fill water bowl to make sure they’re always hydrated.
Indoor dog playground
Indoor off-leash dog parks are becoming more and more popular considering the great service they offer. Your dog can have a group playdate there or you can rent a private room for just the two of you or their selected friend. Dog parks also come with an obstacle course, so your dog will be well exercised as well.
Tug of war
This is a pretty old-school game but will keep you and your dog quite entertained. First, you will need a tough rope you can get in a pet store or make one yourself. Then show it off to your dog who will in 99% immediately bite the other end of the rope.
Then you should start gently pulling from your side as well. And that is a famous tug of war you will enjoy playing with your pawesome friend.
Create an obstacle course
Creating an obstacle course is a perfect way for a dog to have fun inside. Build jumps out of cushions and buy tunnel at the pet store which will certainly keep them agile. Also, you can use weave pole which will help you build a better bond with your pooch.
However, avoid sturdier pieces of furniture like coffee tables, since dogs can accidentally get hurt on the sharp edges. But if you can, use the chairs for them to jump on as one of the obstacles during your play.
Your dog is your best friend and a family member, so make sure you give them the attention they need. Granted it’s not easy sometimes, so when the weather is bad you can have fun with indoor activities that will make you both happy.