A long-standing study by Bristol University on the importance of play for dogs reveals that play forms an important part of socialization in adult domestic dogs.
Now that we’re all spending more time indoors, our canine companions are missing out on this important part of their lives.
Make it up to them with these ideas on how to have fun indoors with your dog.
Hide and Seek Scents
Making use of your dog’s sense of smell is a great route to endless indoor fun. You can play hide and seek by giving them the sit, stay command, and then hiding.
As soon as you’re secluded out of sight, call them and see how long it takes them to find you.
Another fund nose play game is teaching your dog how to detect out of sight items, just like a tracker dog, or police dog.
Start with two boxes, one empty and one with a treat inside. Healthy homemade bites or Mysis shrimp treats for dogs are good options.
Leave the boxes slightly open to make it easy for them in the beginning. Gradually increase the challenge by flipping the boxes over or hiding them.
Interactive Fun Indoors
Interactive activities aren’t just for humans to enjoy. Dogs love these games that put their strength and agility to good use.
A classic game of tug-of-war can keep pets busy for hours. Indoor fetch, with a soft, small ball, is a joy for all dogs. You can turn this game into an excellent workout by throwing the ball up a flight of stairs.
Be sure to start off with only a few steps at a time so they don’t overdo it too early in the game. When you use the sit-stay command in conjunction with fetch, you help them learn to control their impulses too.
Create an Obstacle Course
Basic obedience training is the key to an endless array of fun indoor games, and an obstacle course is a great way to test their skills.
Create an obstacle course using household items and guide them through it. For example, you can get them to jump over some boxes, lie down on a towel, and then weave through a row of their toys.
After bugs, bubbles are one of the things dogs most like to hawk out of the air. Buy a non-toxic kiddies bubble set and get blowing.
Chasing things is one of the most fun things to do indoors for dogs and highly amusing for you to watch too.
Add to Their Toy Collection
Dog toys are an endless source of play for dogs and great tools for training too. You can make your dog new and exciting toys using an old T-shirt, a piece of denim, or a towel.
New toys can amuse your pets for hours, so get crafty or get in the habit of rotating their toys so the novelty never wears off.
More Indoor Activities
Use your imagination and come up with some of your own games based on your dog’s level of training and personality. It’s a great way to bust boredom for both you and them.
Keep reading our blog for more ways to have fun indoors and out with your kids and pets.