While it may seem like your dog could play outside all day and never get tired, the truth is, he’s probably getting bored before he gets tired. Mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise. So when you’re cooped up inside or even if you live in a city with limited outdoor space, give your dog some indoor activities to keep him busy and his mind engaged!
How can I burn my dogs physical energy indoors?
As much as we love our dogs, they can get bored and destructive if they don’t have enough exercise.
Dogs need to burn energy in order to stay healthy and mentally stimulated—a bored dog is a destructive dog. If you’ve ever wondered how you’re going to keep your canine companion busy when it’s cold outside or raining, don’t worry! There are plenty of indoor activities for dogs that will keep them active and engaged.
How can you tell if your dog is bored?
Sometimes, it’s hard to tell if your dog is bored. Dogs don’t often have the ability to vocalize their boredom in the same way that humans do, which means they tend to resort to misbehaving instead. This can be very frustrating for owners! But there are some subtle signs of a bored dog that you should look out for:
- Growling or snapping at things/people who come too close or make sudden movements around him.
- Destructive behavior (e.g., chewing on furniture and shoes).
- Whining when left alone, especially if he hasn’t been alone all day long already.*
If your dog exhibits any of these behaviors consistently when he’s at home with you during the day—or even just once in a while—then chances are good that he needs more stimulation than what you’re currently providing.
How do I keep my dog entertained with indoor games?
Have you ever wondered how to keep your dog entertained indoors? A bored dog is an unhappy dog, so it’s important to provide him with some fun activities. You can use training and treats, puzzle toys, and even the space of your home in order to keep your dog busy.
Here are some fun games and activities you can try:
Teach a new trick or basic commands
There is nothing like the feeling of teaching your dog a new trick. Not only will it help you burn some energy, but it also gives you and your pup an excuse to spend more time together. If you think about it, this is one of the best ways to bond with your dog.
If you’re looking for an easy way to keep him or her busy, teaching them a new trick is the way to go! You can get creative by teaching them something that relates to their breed or personality:
- Pugs are known for being lazy so teach them how to do pushups!
- German Shepherds love playing fetch and learning tricks like sit as well as roll over would definitely keep them entertained when needed!
Play hide and seek.
Hide and seek is a great way to burn off some energy. Set up a few treats around the house, then have your dog find them. If you’re in an open space (like a large backyard), hide the treats while they’re watching, then have them find you! If you’re indoors and on a budget, try hiding toys instead of food. This can be a great way to make sure your dog gets used to new things around the house and learns how to interact with different sorts of objects in their environment.
It might take some time for dogs who aren’t used to this sort of activity, but if you stick with it and practice regularly (once or twice per week), they will get better at finding things on their own!
Make an obstacle course.
Obstacle courses are great ways to burn energy while keeping your dog healthy and happy. Start by setting up a few obstacles, like stairs or ramps, in the hallway of your home. If you want to make it more challenging for your dog, add a long rope and have them “pull” themselves over the obstacle by pulling on the rope with their mouth as they walk underneath it. This is especially good if you have a large-breed dog who has difficulty getting over obstacles because of their size!
Also consider using other types of obstacles: try placing some cardboard boxes on top of each other (for dogs with longer legs) or simply use chairs or other household objects that can be moved out of the way when not being used as part of an obstacle course
Practice tricks you already know.
You don’t need to learn something entirely new. Instead, practice tricks your dog already knows in a new way. That’s what we call “fun-tricks.”
If your dog doesn’t know a trick, teach it! Here are some tips for teaching tricks:
- Start with something simple and then gradually move on to more complicated ones as your dog gets better at the first one. Don’t overwhelm them with too many things at once.
- Make sure to reward them whenever they do something right so that they remember what did get rewarded and what didn’t get rewarded (and try not to reward them for doing nothing).
- Practice in short bursts of about five minutes each time—this keeps both of you from getting bored or frustrated!
- Peanut butter is tasty treat that can make any practice session fun.
Run up and down the stairs.
You dog needs daily exercise. You can do this with your dog on a leash, but it’s safer to have them on the first few steps. Once your dog sees that you’re not stopping them from going up and down the stairs, they’ll probably want to keep trying. Make sure that you don’t let your dog run down the stairs.
You should not let your pup run up and down the stairs too much; this may be too much for their joints or muscles in general! It’s better if they just climb one step at a time (and make sure each step is okay before moving on).
Set up a treasure hunt for kibble or treats.
Grab a handful of kibble or treats and scatter them around the room. Then let your dog loose! Hide some of the pieces under furniture or behind doors, so that your pup has to stop and sniff out each one. You can also hide bits in various places on the floor, which will force him to get down low and search for his reward. This is great because it helps promote good posture, which will keep him healthy as he ages (and avoid back pain). Plus, if you’re lucky enough to have a multi-dog family (or even just one), this game will be perfect for getting them all riled up together!
One thing to remember when playing this game: make sure you’re using a variety of different types of treats—not just boring old kibble—so that they stay interesting for your pooch. If you can find toys that dispense treats as well as hiding places where the food is hidden without having an obvious scent trail leading from one place to another (like plastic containers or cardboard boxes), then even better! We love using these products because they’re both fun ways for our pups’ noses stay engaged without making too much noise indoors; plus, they’re easy for us humans too since we don’t want any loud noises waking up grandma next door!”
Dogs need exercise even when it’s freezing outside.
Dogs need exercise even when it’s freezing outside. If you leave your dog at home all day and never let them get the mental stimulation they need, they can become bored, anxious, destructive and hyperactive. All of which are not words you want to use to describe your pup.
But don’t worry! There are plenty of indoor activities for dogs that will help burn off excess physical energy
and keep them entertained for hours on end.
Indoor activities are a great way to burn off your dog’s physical energy and keep them entertained when they can’t get outside. We hope you have found some new ideas for keeping your dog happy and healthy during the cold winter months!