Our dogs are full of energy and are a constant source of entertainment for us humans, but what can we do in return to keep them busy while we’re stuck indoors? Here are some tips for entertaining your dog while indoors. Turns out, it’s not as difficult as you may think!
If you haven’t heard of Kongs, you’re missing out on a prime way to entertain your dog. These toys are designed for you to stuff with your dog’s favorite treats or spreads. Your pup gets a tricky task to tackle in trying to get the treats out of the Kong, while you can sit back and relax as they gnaw at the rubbery toys. This doggone fantastic toy is nontoxic, practically indestructible, and dishwasher safe. Truly the perfect toy for your dog!
Turns out, you can teach an old dog new tricks! If your dog can’t sit and shake or weave through your legs, it’s time to put your teaching hat on and show your dog how it’s done. Even if you don’t want to teach your dog one of these fun new tricks, you can always polish up on older tricks and training that you haven’t worked on in a while. Your dog will become more intelligent and more confident as a result. Plus, you’ll both have fun playing teacher and student!
Training your dog’s nose is another valuable and entertaining way to keep them busy. Plus, all you need for this game are some dog treats and your hands. Grab a treat and put it in one of your hands. Close both fists and hold them out in front of your dog. Let your dog choose which hand the treat is in by sniffing or pawing at your hand. When they choose it, reward your furry friend by giving them the treat. If your doggo chooses incorrectly, let them take a few tries to catch on and get it right.
You don’t have to be outdoors to play a classic game of fetch! Grab a ball or favorite toy and roll, lightly toss, or bounce it for your dog to retrieve. They’ll burn off some energy chasing after it and you’ll love seeing their face light up. We recommend only playing this game if you have a large enough open space in your home. Indoor fetch may also not work for larger breeds like St. Bernard’s or Great Danes, but for the average Fido, you should have no problem adapting your game to your indoor space.
Dogs may never have the capacity to do jigsaw puzzles, but there are some puzzle toys specially designed for dogs that are sure to keep them plenty busy on a day stuck inside. Nina Ottosson toys are a great place to start! Your dog will have a real challenge to complete trying to play everything from treat-dispensing toys to dog-friendly takes on whack-a-mole. Treat your furry friend to a new puzzle toy!
Stuck inside? Don’t sweat it! Entertaining your dog doesn’t have to be a chore anymore with these fun ideas. Give them a shot!
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