10 Great IndoorActivities For Your Dog
It is a total myth that we need to walk our dogs three times a day. We believe our dogs are smart, bright and hugely underestimated! Walking them around the block three times a day on a lead does them an incredible disservice, and can actually damage your relationship with them and even contribute to an increase in aggressive behaviours and stress levels.
- ‘Find It!’
Using our dogs noses is so much fun for them and us. Hide treats around the house and teach your pup to find them. For the first few times let your dog see where you hide the treats, then release him and say ‘Find it!’. Once he understands the game you can hide them where he cant see and let him go to work.
- Play Interactive Puzzle Games
Online you can buy plenty of puzzles for your dog. Our favourites are anything made by Nina Ottoson. If they are a bit out of your price bracket you can make your own! Collect cardboard boxes and hide treats in them, wrap them back up and let your dog go to town
- Play ‘Hide and Seek’
If your dog has a good ‘stay’ or you have a friend/partner who can hang onto them, put your dog in one room and go hide anywhere in the house. Release your dog by calling their name and reward plenty when they find you. This is also a great game to improve recall!
- Teach A New Trick
One of our trainers has a Staffie who knows 136 different tricks! Thats a lot of rainy days! Tricks are a great way of bonding with your dog, and also they improve your training skills. Start simple with a ‘Spin’ or ‘Walk Back’ and build up from there.
- Play ‘Which Hand’.
Put treats in one hand and then hold two closed fists out to your dog. He will sniff them both and when he gets the right one, say ‘yes!’ and give him the treats.
Rainy days are a great day to catch up on your grooming regime. Some dogs require little grooming but maybe that big brush you’ve been putting off or a nail trim are in order.
- Make an Indoor Obstacle Course
Can your dog walk under a chair? Can they jump up onto the stool? Use household furniture and objects to make your own makeshift agility course!
- Cuddle Up And Watch A Movie
There is nothing wrong with simply having a lazy day. We recommend ‘Secret Life of Pets’ and ‘Hotel For Dogs’!
- Revisit Old Tricks
If your dog already knows some tricks, revisit them! Can he do the same tricks just on a verbal cue or are you still luring with your hands? Polish them up and see if you can make the behaviours just verbal with no hand cues!
Use your hands, use toys, use anything and be goofy! One of the funniest games to play is to roll around on the floor with your dog and tickle him when he walks past. Throw the rulebook out of the window and be SILLY!