No matter where you live, you’ll most likely encounter days when freezing temperatures, ice and snowstorms, torrential rains, gale force winds or even extreme heat waves keep your dog stuck inside the house. Deprived of their normal walks and outdoor exercise, pups can get restless and bored, which can lead to depression and even destructive behavior. Here are some ways to keep Fido busy and happy – and not bouncing off the walls – when he must stay indoors for extended periods.
There are many canine toys and puzzles designed to be stuffed with treats, which can keep your dog happily occupied for long periods as she figures out how to extract the delicious morsels. Add to the challenge by making your dog first find the toys themselves. Hide several treat-stuffed toys in different spots around the house for her to sniff out. Be sure to use treats that have a mouthwatering aroma and taste that will draw her into the game, such as Only Healthy Source Roasted Tenderloin Bites, made with bone broth.
Take “Fetch!” To A New Dimension
Playing Fetch! is an easy way to give your dog vigorous indoor exercise – you just sit there and throw the ball or toy, while he does all the work! But how about taking the game to a 3rd dimension by tossing the retrievable object up and down staircases and onto couches and chairs (if your pet is allowed on them) to add jumping to the workout.
Another variation is to play the game with non-toxic children’s bubbles, the kind you blow with a wand. Dogs will love chasing these “evaporating balls” as they fly through the air, even though they can’t actually retrieve them. The bubbles’ novelty and weird behavior will add mental challenge too, as canines try to figure out what they’re all about.
Learn A New Trick Together
Use the time spent indoors as an opportunity to teach your dog a new trick. This will be fun for both of you, and the challenge will be a good antidote to boredom. You can find ideas for tricks, along with instructions and videos on teaching them, at many sites online, including 40 Tricks To Teach A Dog That Will Wow Your Neighbors. Speed up the learning process by rewarding your dog with delicious treats.
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