Some days the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor play which can leave dog owners scrambling to figure out how to entertain their canine companion inside. Below is a list of fun activities for you to try the next time rain pelts your windows.
Hide and Seek
This is a great way to exercise your dog’s body and mind at the same time. Unless your dog is well-trained with a “stay” command, the game works best if you have a helper to keep your dog in place while you find a hiding spot (place a healthy treat in your pocket before starting). Then, call out “come” and wait for your furry friend to find you. When he does, reward him with the treat while the next family member finds a place to hide. Repeat the process.
Pushing a treat ball from room to room is a fun way for your dog to challenge his nose and get exercise at the same time. Just don’t make the treats too easy or hard to come out or chances are he’ll quickly lose interest.
If you have steps with carpet or a runner to prevent slipping, toss a soft toy up the steps. This makes for a more challenging workout. Consider buying a few new toys to put aside for inclement weather days, so he isn’t always playing with the same ones over and over.
It’s best if you use one designed just for dogs, but a human treadmill will also work. No matter which type you have, start by using the slowest speed and stand in front of the machine with a treat. Slowly increase the speed and the length of time your dog spends on the treadmill over several days.