8 Indoor Games to Keep Your Dog Active Indoors
Keeping active is key to maintaining good health for you and your dog. Although the winter months can seem to drag on, it’s important not to let your furry friend get sluggish even when outdoor playtime may be limited when it’s cold, snowy, or rainy outside. Need some inspiration for indoor dog activities that will keep your pooch entertained during the winter? Here are some fun indoor exercise ideas for your dog.
Hide and Seek
Hide and seek is a great indoor game for dogs to stay active. Try playing hide and seek with a toy or yummy treat like Bil-Jac Original Recipe Dog Treats. A similar game you can play with your buddy is “Which Hand,” where you hide a treat in one hand and rotate it, then allow your dog to find the hand the treat is in.
Rotate or Add New Toys
Toys allow your best friend to stay active either with you or by herself. Mix it up by adding more toys or rotating out toys to help create variety in your dog’s life.
Tug with Rope
Playing tug allows your dog to use her whole body weight to pull with you. You can use anything to play tug with, like a rope toy, an old shirt, or a bone. Just be sure to let your dog win some tugs and be sure to play tug of war while keeping things light and fun.
Schedule a Dog Play Date
Give your dog a buddy to play with! Invite a friend’s dog over for a play date to have some fun indoors. Play dates are a great way to socialize your dog and keep her active indoors.
Indoor Obstacle Course
Create a DIY obstacle course indoors to build your dog’s agility. Use laundry baskets, cardboard boxes, hula hoops, PVC pipe, play tunnels, and more to give your pooch a real challenge. Don’t forget to give her a dog treat at the end of the course!
If you have a big enough space, you can play fetch indoors with your pooch. You can use anything from balls to socks to her favorite toy. For an even better workout, try playing fetch on the stairs or moving from room to room.
Teach Your Dog a New Trick
Learning a new trick can keep your dog’s body and mind active during the winter months. Try to teach your dog “How to Wave” or “How to Play Dead.” Don’t forget to encourage and reward your pooch with a treat for learning the trick!
Show Your Dog Some Love
Sometimes, it’s good to take a break, slow down, and spend some relaxing time together with your best friend. Get that tail wagging by massaging and petting your dog. Your furry friend is sure to enjoy a little extra love from their best pal!
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