More than ever, we are spending more time indoors, just like our dogs. Keeping your dog in good shape is not only important for his health, but it could save you from having to claim your pet insurance.
So how can you keep your dog entertained while he’s indoors? We take a look at the best ways to keep your pet entertained, so they don’t need to destroy the sofa.
Keep your dog stimulated
Keeping your dog stimulated will help tire him out and stop any behavior associated with boredom. You can try to revise their training – can they still sit on command? Do they walk well on a leash? You can even try teaching them something new like turning around, shaking a paw, or waving your hand. There are how-to tutorials for these types of workout exercises online.
If you have a puppy, it’s a great idea to use this time to teach him basic controls and work on his potty training. If you are training your dog, try setting him up before breakfast or dinner. They will be hungrier, which means they will be more interested in your treats.
Train your dog only for a short time, about 10 to 15 minutes is enough. That way, they can absorb whatever you teach them.
Then there are always games! Most dogs, especially puppies, will love to play. If they have used up all their usual toys, you can try making household items from them. For example, create a trail of perfume. Hide the treats in different places around the house and send your dog to find them.
You can make toys from cardboard toilet paper tubes. Here are some examples to get started:
- Put treats in a tube of toilet paper and crumple each end to seal. It should look a bit like a Christmas cookie. Give it to your dog and he will spend some time getting to the treats inside. Just a warning, it could make a mess!
- Use an old cardboard box and place the tubes upright in the box. Place a few treats in one of the tubes. Make sure there is enough space in the box for your dog to move the toilet rolls around and find the treats.
If you don’t want a living room full of cardboard tubes, you can try freezing some of your dog’s favorite treats in ice cream. They will appreciate this in hot weather. Depending on the space you have, you can even try challenging your dog with indoor agility sessions. Or take it to your garden if you have one. When playing with your dog, be sure to stay safe and avoid any potential accidents.
Chews and toys
If you’re not feeling creative, something simple like a delicious dog bone or even a tasty pig’s ear can keep your dog occupied for a while. A good tug of war game is always appreciated too. Food puzzles are another great way to keep your dog entertained. Complete the puzzle with your dog’s favorite treats or even his dinner. While your dog is playing with the toy, the food slowly comes out.
Moments of silence
Our dogs need stimulation, but they also need quiet time. For some dogs, they would get it during your working hours. Create a den or quiet space for your dog to snuggle up to. It could be a good project for the kids. While your dog is in the den, give him some space. If you or your children want to play with the dog, try to encourage him with a toy. If your dog doesn’t want to go out, let him.