“From the way he sleeps in my bed to his eating style, my puppy has forgotten he’s a dog – or maybe he never knew!”
We have all faced this. We love our dogs. Our bed is theirs. The sofas are theirs. Our house may very well be in the name of our dog. And just like they act human in numerous ways, they also think humans and require the same exercise as we do to keep ourselves fit and healthy.
Sometimes it can be a little too cold or rainy outside for us to walk and exercise our furry little friends. Winter is certainly not the best season to venture outdoors and exercise our dogs. However, they still need to exercise daily to stay happy and remain healthy. Low exercise can lead to a plethora of problems- concerning their health as well as our furniture. Without proper exercise, dogs can become hyperactive, they may have increased anxiety, aggression, and as much as we love them, we would prefer that don’t end up chewing on our furniture. We have to keep them happy and fit.
While the outdoors is great for exercise, being indoors can be just as fun, even if you have never exercised your dog inside the house before. You get a chance to play exciting games, teach them something new, and get even closer to your dog. Dogs thrive on games that are interactive, and they love spending more time with you. It has a positive impact on their well-being.
Fetch and Tug-Of-War
While the game of Fetch generally played outside, you can bring all the fun indoors. If you have space, this would be a great game to help your dog stay active when you can’t go outside. If your home is a little restrictive, even a hallway will work well. You can throw your dog’s favorite toy or dog chews and wait for him to bring it back, or you could run with him to make him even more excited. Since we are indoors, a soft plush toy would work well, so you don’t break anything inside the house.
Tug-of-war is just as fun as a game to play. You don’t have to do much either. All you need is a rope or a cloth piece that you don’t use anymore. Your dog will love tugging on it with you, and it will keep him active as well. For this game, it is prudent to ensure that there is already a relationship of trust that you have with your dog, as it can turn a little aggressive at times. Tug-of-war also helps in learning self-control for your dog.
Hide and Seek
This one is a classic. Make sure that you stock up on your dog’s favorite treats, dog toys, or dog chews to prepare to play this game. It’s a family game! You can hide or ask your child or husband, and call out your dog’s name. Once the dog finds you, you can reward him with a treat. It’s a great deal, he exercises and is awarded for doing it. It helps in strengthening the bond with your dog as well.
Dogs are the sweetest creatures, and we all know it. They are always excited to spend time with you, and they get quickly involved in anything that you do. A quick game that is easy for you to manage is by getting or making a bubble solution and blowing bubbles for your dog to chase. Better yet, try IncrediBubbbles. It is flavored bubbles, non-toxic and doesn’t pop it touches the gorund! It amuses them, and it gets them active. You can also get some adorable Instagram videos of your dog chasing bubbles!
A Scavenger Hunt
“If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.”
A scavenger hunt is perfect for your dog to keep him physically active and mentally alert. By hiding favorite treats around the house, your dog’s natural instinct to hunt comes into play with this game. Show your dog how many treats or dog chews you are hiding, and keep them in easy and difficult places to challenge him. They will love this and not give up until all his treats have been found-and eaten.
A Playdate for your pup
Invite over another furry friend to keep your dog company. Get a few pet toys, dog chews, squeaky toys, chew sticks, and the two pals can play together and have lots of fun. It can get a little rough, especially for bigger dogs, so it is wise to keep any valuables away that could break.
If you own a treadmill, your dog can exercise indoors. If it’s his first time, by setting it at a very low speed, you can help your dog adjust to the treadmill. You can keep his favorite toy at the end of it, so he knows he is walking for a reason. Give him treats every once in a while to motivate him to stay on the treadmill. If he likes it and gets the hang of it, you can increase the speed. But if he isn’t too fond of it, then there are plenty of other ways to exercise him inside the house.
Going up and down the stairs with your dog is an excellent exercise for everyone. They get excited when they see you, take a treat, and exercise your dog on the stairs. It can be done inside your house if you have space as well as in an apartment building
Teach Your Dog a New Trick
Whether it’s jumping through a hoop, rolling over, teaching your dog a new trick is a great way to exercise him indoors. It can be a little tough, but it keeps both of you busy and active. You can award him with a dog chew or snack once they learn the trick.
Your very Own Indoor Doggie Obstacle Course
You can create your own obstacle course inside of your home. Your dog can jump over a couple of pillows, crawl beneath a blanket, walk up a set of “stair boxes” to reach a delicious piece of chicken, You can let your imagination run wild with fun things to challenge your dog. This keeps him fit, focused, and mentally agile.
There are so many things that you can try and do to keep your dog physically and mentally stimulated. And the best part is that it can all be done indoors. Come winter, come summer; your dog can stay healthy, happy, and fit whatever the season. Forget the great outdoors, hello the great indoors!