Keeping your dog entertained when you have to stay inside for too long can be a challenge. And trying to come up with new ways to keep your faithful dog amused can be more exhausting than actually getting up and doing it. Bored dogs get into trouble. You’re their main source of entertainment, so if you don’t give them stuff to do they’ll come up with activities of their own and that’s when you end up with chewed up shoes and curtains.
By playing with your furry friend a few times a day you can decrease the likelihood of them developing destructive habits such as excessive barking or chewing. So if you’re looking for some indoor entertainment to amuse your dog you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a list of things to keep your dog amused whilst stuck inside for so long.
You can play dress-up with your faithful dog. From sassy sweaters, coats and jackets to themed costumes, it doesn’t get much cuter than watching your furry friend prance around in their favorite ensembles. But remember, playing dress-up is all about allowing your furry friend to flaunt their unique style and fashion sense. Adding a bow or a bandana can enhance that SoWaggy dog look, making them happy.
Provide ways your faithful dog can look through a window or door. Open the curtains or blinds to a back window in your home so that your little best friend can watch whatever is going on outside your house. If you have a small dog or a toy breed, set a cushion or chair by the window so that your dog is comfortably able to see out.
To keep your dog entertained indoors, try playing interactive games such as tug, find the treats, puzzle games and fetch. Interactive games are an easy way to give your faithful dog plenty of mental stimulation, and they can help cut down on problem behaviors such as excessive chewing or barking. If you want to play fetch indoors use a lightweight ball to avoid breaking all of the things. A game of tug can be a lot of fun for both you and your dog, and it’s one of the best ways to increase your dog’s manners and impulse control. It’s also a pretty good workout. Minute for minute it’s one of the more physically demanding games you can play.
Stimulate your dog’s mind and build him problem solving skills by playing the “shell game”. Place three plastic cups upside-down on the floor and hide a treat under one of the cups. Move the cups around each other while your dog watches the movements. Then see if he can find the cup with his reward.
Create your own obstacle course inside your home. Have your dog jump over some towels or cushions, weave through his toys, and then lay down on a blanket. Use your imagination and come up with a set of not so difficult obstacles for your doggy to follow. Once your furry friend has learned how to jump over the towels you then move onto the toy weave. Building on prior tricks will keep your dog focused and mentally stimulated.
Have an indoor scavenger hunt. Make your furry friend hunt for his meals by hiding stuffed food puzzle toys or small piles of his kibble around your house. Scatter a couple of handfuls of kibble in the areas where your dog hangs out during the day and he’ll have fun hunting his treats. You can also hide one of his meals or puzzle toy to make it entertaining for him.
Hiding treats around the house or playing a game of hide and seek with your furry friend is a fun way to add in some extra mental stimulation to their routine. It’s one of the most versatile games you can play with your dog.
Chase bubbles with your furry friend. It’s such a simple way to keep your furry friend happy, entertained & exercised. Some waggy dogs are fascinated by catching bubbles. You don’t even have to go out and buy special bubbles for your dog, the bubbles that are available for children are nontoxic or you can make yours with a soap or a detergent.
Turn on your television to the Animal Planet station and up the volume. The sights and sounds of barking dogs helps to stimulate your dog’s brain in a quiet house, keeping him from finding ways to get himself in trouble.
Build a doggy den with your dog. Dogs love to snuggle down in a cozy space. Whether it’s blankets piled with their favorite toys or renovating your spare bedroom into their very own dog mat, your dog will be very glad to have their own little sanctuary to retreat to.