5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Active When Indoors
We get it. You love your dog. He is the light of your life. But sometimes, you can’t give him the exercise he needs. Maybe you’re tired (definitely not hungover), or it’s raining, or the Florida weather is way too cold, or any other excuse that arises. It happens to the best of us. But your pup-pup still needs his exercise regardless of how you feel.
Alas! We have put together a list of some of the best (and easiest) ways to keep your dog active when you don’t want to be.
Not only do these toys keep your dog physically active, they also help mentally stimulate your pup. It’s a win-win situation for you both!
There are a variety of puzzles you can get for you dog. One of the most popular puzzles is one you can get on Amazon called the Seek-A-Treat. It tests your dog’s by challenging him to seek out the treats that have been hidden inside.
Another popular interactive toy you can purchase is a Smarter Interactive IQ Treat Ball, also available on Amazon. It’s kind of like a Rubik’s Cube for your dog. You’re able to adjust the level of difficulty on this toy so your dog can continue learning.
Dogs love to chase toys. But some dogs do not like to bring them back. This defeats your laziness. If only there was a toy that would allow you to get the toy back without having to move…..
Flirt poles are almost like fishing poles for your dog. Essentially, it allows you to throw a lure, let your dog chase it, and then you can reel it back in! You can sit on a chair or lay on the couch while your dog gets a full mental and physical exercise.
If you have a staircase and your dog loves to play fetch, you’re all set. (If you don’t have stairs, this can still work). Want to know a secret? If your dog is easily distracted and won’t bring the ball back, keep a couple squeaky toys in your pocket. That way when your dog stops paying attention to you, all you have to do is squeak the next toy and you’re back in action. Your pup will most likely run back to you to see the new toy. Depending on how many squeaky toys you have, this game can last for hours!
You can pretty much make this work in any size area. Start with something easy, like jumping over a stack of towels. Once your pup has mastered this, step it up a notch. Teach him to weave through his toys (or chairs, or whatever is easiest for you). Use a treat to guide little Fido through the course the first couple times. If he catches on quickly, continue stepping up the course. The possibilities are endless!
Dogs love company. Have your friend bring over their pup for a doggie date! This gives you time to watch movies, eat pizza, drink wine, knit a sweater… you get the picture. Just make sure to keep an eye on the pups to deter any destructive or aggressive behavior. Remember to keep some squeaky toys handy to bring your dog’s attention back to you at any moment.