Whether it’s raining, snowing, or swelteringly hot outside, there are plenty of fun activities you can do to keep your dog happy indoors. Playing with your dog is an awesome way to bond with him and fulfill his need for physical activity. And the best part? You don’t even have to go outside!
As usual, we’ve got some great ideas for indoor activities that will keep you and your pup entertained during those rainy-day blues—or on any occasion when the weather just isn’t cooperating. You can play brain games like hide-and-seek or work together on teaching a new trick. Or maybe he’d prefer a new chew toy or interactive puzzle game? Whatever you choose, both of you will be having fun in no time!
The benefits of keeping your dog busy with indoor games
The best benefit of keeping your dog busy is that it will keep them healthy. It’s well known that dogs need exercise to stay fit and healthy, but sometimes it can be difficult to give them the right amount of exercise. Some dogs are naturally active and enjoy running outside, but others don’t like being cooped up in a yard for long periods of time. However, if your dog doesn’t get enough exercise every day, then they will become overweight, which can lead to medical problems such as heart disease or joint problems later on down the road.
How much exercise does a dog need every day
The amount of exercise your furry friend needs depends on its age, breed, health, and lifestyle. For example, if you have two young dogs that are getting lots of walks in at the park as well as running around with their big brother or sister during playtime in your home—they might be less active than a senior citizen who barely leaves his favorite chair by the window.
A good rule of thumb is to start with 20 minutes per day when you first bring home your pup and then adjust from there based on how she seems to be progressing (or not). If there are any signs that she’s overdoing it—like panting heavily or showing signs of exhaustion—take her out for shorter bursts until she builds up her stamina. After all: no one likes being winded!
Make your dog work for his food
You’re probably already aware of the benefits of providing your dog with mental stimulation. But did you know that making your dog work for his food will also help him be a better eater? One of the main reasons pets might turn their noses up at their kibble is because they know there’s no reward for eating it. You need to teach your pup that meals aren’t an automatic thing, but something he has to earn by performing certain tricks or other tasks.
Here are some suggestions on how to make this into a game:
- Teach your dog some basic commands like sit, stay and fetch
- Make them do tricks in exchange for treats (like rolling over)
- Give him more difficult commands if he does well; let him know that he’ll get more treats if he does them right!
Try the Kong puzzle toy with treats.
- Kong is a popular brand of dog toy that’s been around since 1976. The company makes rubber toys, made of tough material and solid enough to stand up to chewing by large dogs.
- Kongs come in different sizes and shapes, but they all have one thing in common: A hole running through the middle where you can put treats. This design makes it hard to get the treats out of the toy—your dog has to use its paws or teeth in order to get them out. Some dogs will enjoy this challenge; others might not be as interested. If your dog isn’t motivated by food rewards (or if you don’t want him or her eating off-brand snacks), try filling a Kong with peanut butter instead!
Teach your dog to clean up his toys
Teach your dog to clean up his toys.
You can teach your dog to put his toys away as a way of helping you keep things tidy. This can be a useful skill if you’re short on time, or if you don’t want to spend hours picking up after him every day. It’s not hard: just toss a toy near the box, basket or toybox and say “put it away.” Then give him a treat when he does what you’ve asked. Repeat this until he seems happy with the idea of putting away his own things before food or playtime starts again, then practice several times per week until it becomes routine for him!
Teach your dog to play hide and seek.
Teaching your dog to play hide and seek is a lot of fun for you, and great exercise for him. To teach your dog to go to a specific place, like a mat or bed, start by putting his favorite treat on that spot. Then say “go to” (or whatever word you use) while pointing at the spot with an open hand.
Play “go find it.”
Another fun game you can play with your dog is “go find it.” This is a great game to play indoors. It’s also easy because you don’t have to worry about your dog running around the house or getting too tired from all the exercise.
Begin playing “go find it” by hiding treats around the room and giving each one a name. Then get your pup in a down position, locate the treat and say its name (e.g., “chicken!”). As soon as your pup finds it, give him praise and reward him with another treat from his food bowl (see how to make healthy treats).
Do tricks for treats.
If you have a dog, you know that sometimes it’s hard to get him or her to behave. Dogs love playing, but often they don’t want to listen. Getting your dog to obey can be tricky—and sometimes it’s just easier not to put them through the stress of learning something new.
But here’s the thing: there are a lot of tricks that will help keep your dog entertained and engaged with you, even when he doesn’t feel like paying attention! And even better than that? Tricks work on both puppies and older dogs alike—they’re one way we can show off our pooches’ intelligence! So try these three fun tricks at home with your pup this weekend:
Animal Planet’s Pet Puzzle also supplies dogs with hours of entertainment.
Animal Planet’s Pet Puzzle also supplies dogs with hours of entertainment. It’s a toy that is filled with treats, making it a challenge for your dog to figure out how to get them out. The idea behind this toy is that you put in treats and then your dog has to work for them. This is a great way to keep your dog busy if you are in the middle of doing something else like cleaning or cooking dinner! You can also let them play with it while they’re waiting at home while their owners go on vacation or work late nights—a great way to keep them entertained and happy while they’re alone!
Create your own obstacle course for
If you’re looking to give your dog a mental workout, why not create your own obstacle course? Sure, it may sound like a lot of work, but once you get started, it’ll be worth it.
Here are some tips for making sure that your dog enjoys the experience:
- Make sure that your dog is safe. This means making sure there are no small items or obstacles around that could hurt them if they fall over them (for example: a running fan). If you have any doubts about whether an item could pose a danger to your furry friend, remove it from the room before starting the activity. Also make sure that any furniture or other objects in the room are sturdy enough for their weight and will not collapse under their paws when they jump onto/onto something else in order not to fall down onto hard surfaces (e.g., carpets/tiles).
- Make sure that all items used during practice sessions can withstand being chewed on by dogs without breaking into pieces which may cause ingestion of sharp edges which would be very dangerous for pets! Avoid using plastic toys unless they’re made specifically for this purpose; otherwise use rubber balls instead!
Give your dog an appropriate chew toy.
You need to make sure you are giving your dog a toy that is appropriate for their size and chewing strength. Even though it may seem like a good idea, giving your dog an old shoe is bad for them because it can be swallowed or lead to choking. Giving your dog an old sweater also isn’t ideal since the wool can be ingested and cause intestinal blockage, which can lead to death.
What about rawhide bones? Rawhide bones are not recommended because they don’t digest in our digestive tract so if a large piece gets stuck in there (which has happened with my dogs), surgery may be required! There are lots of things on the market now that are safe and allow your pup to chew while indoors such as Kong toys or even tennis balls wrapped in fabric (my favorite). When choosing these items please make sure they are made of materials that won’t hurt your dog if he chews through them and also make sure they aren’t toxic at all before giving them any sort of item that might end up being ingested!
Make a doggie play date
If you’re going to play with your dog indoors, it’s important that the two of you do it together. You don’t want to leave your pup behind while you’re out and about, so why not bring them along? Here are some tips for making sure your pup has a great time at home while also having fun with friends:
- Make sure they’re compatible. If both dogs have gotten along in the past and are comfortable around each other, then this is probably okay! But if one of them has shown signs of aggression toward other animals (or even people), it may be best not to expose them to each other until they’ve had some time apart for training or just relaxing on their own.
- Brush up on vaccination requirements. Just like humans need vaccinations before traveling abroad or taking part in any new activity that might put them at risk for an illness or disease outbreak, pets require their own set of vaccinations as well—and these can change depending on where they live. Be sure that both pups have been fully vaccinated before bringing them together!
- Keep everyone healthy by monitoring any potential problems—and make sure nothing gets too intense between excitable pups who tend toward rambunctious behavior when excitedly playing together off leash!
Use a treat ball or other toy that can be filled with food.
Some dogs are food motivated. If you have one of those dogs, a treat ball or other toy that can be filled with food can be a good option for keeping them busy indoors. These toys work by dispensing treats when rolled around on the floor, and some even come with adjustable difficulty levels so you can increase their challenge as your dog gets better at rolling it around. Treat dispensing toys are also great for using as a way to feed your dog—they’re an easy way to make sure that your pup gets all his or her daily calories in one sitting, which will help prevent overeating later on throughout the day!
Teach your dog a new trick.
If you have a pup that doesn’t have many tricks under their belt, now is the time to start! Teaching your dog something new can be extremely rewarding for both you and them. Use positive reinforcement and make sure to keep the training sessions short so they don’t lose interest or become frustrated. If your dog doesn’t seem interested in learning any new tricks, try introducing them to toys that will challenge them mentally as well as physically!
There are a lot of different ways to keep your dog happy without going outside
There are a lot of different ways to keep your dog happy without going outside. For one thing, exercise is good for dogs. They need mental stimulation, and they need to learn new things. Exercise is also great for your dog’s health: it can help them maintain a healthy weight and avoid certain diseases. Plus, it can be fun for you and your dog!
The best way to know how much exercise your dog needs is by observing him during playtime (or when he spends time with other dogs). Does he seem tired after 10 minutes? Or does he still have energy left over after an hour of playing? If so, then you might want to consider taking on more activities together that require some physical exertion—like running around in the yard or going on walks through the neighborhood.
I hope you’re feeling inspired to try out some of the games we’ve just discussed. While it may feel a little silly at first, they will be highly rewarding for your dog and will provide him with many hours of entertainment.
As always, remember that safety is key when playing inside with your pup. If you’re not sure if something is safe for him to play with or eat, please consult a veterinarian as soon as possible.