When the weather hits hard we may be able to enjoy some time off, cozy up with a cup of tea, or read a book, but your dog is already restless, waiting for their daily walk! Dogs need both mental and physical stimulation too - so when you find yourself cooped up, here are some fun ideas to entertain your pooch!
Does your dog have his or her favorite toy? Fetch can be taken indoors with soft toys in an open room or hallway, and Dognition blogger Nick Farber writes about a fun 'Monkey in the Middle' game to include the whole family. You can also build an indoor obstacle course, or ballpit for your dog to play in.
Invite friends or neighbors to bring their dogs over for a play date. Take the time to make sure a room is set up and safe for the dogs to play in, and that they are comfortable with each other. Dogs love to socialize with their friends, rain or shine!
DIY Dog Treats
There are plenty of recipes available to bake your own dog treats at home! You can even bring your dog out shopping for ingredients at pet-friendly stores & boutiques, or just bring them to choose out their own treats! In addition, you can use the treats to do some extra training, or create some fun hide and seek games!
Strike a Pose
Staging funny photos with your dog may sound, well, funny - but using different commands to get your dog in the right position can focus their attention and perfect their obedience. Interesting photo-ops include getting dressed up, daily chores, reading the newspaper, or whatever your imagination allows!
Dog Yoga - yes, that's right! Animal Planet suggests grabbing a soothing Doga DVD created for pets and their people, which includes not only dog poses, but relaxing techniques like massages to calm them. Definitely a fun and new experience!
All of these are ideas to spark some creative doggie fun. Of course most dogs tend to be waterproof, and if allowed, a good romp in the rain is just as good and entertaining. So if all else fails, strap on those rain coats and explore a wet world together!
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