Ways to Entertain Your Dogs
by Pet Qwerks Toys on October 27, 2018
Looking for some different ways to keep your dog entertained? Keeping your dog entertained can be a difficult task. And trying to come up with various ideas on how to keep your dog entertaining can be more debilitating than actually getting up and doing it.
To help you out I have put together a list of different ways to keep your dog busy indoors.
Following are the benefits of keeping your dog entertained:
Bored dogs get into trouble. We are their primary source of entertainment, so if we do not give them the stuff to do they will come up with activities of their own and that is the point at which we end up with chewed up shoes and curtains. When you play with your dog a couple of time each day, you can decrease the likelihood of them evolving destructive habits such as too much barking or chewing.
Play Find the Treats with Your Dog
Nose work games are one of the perfect ways to tire out your dog. When you teach your dog basic nose work games such as ‘find the treasures’ you are mentally tiring them out and helping them focus on some of their natural skills. Take some treats and have your dog see as you place them in the room. Give your dog the prompt to “find the treasures” and cheer your dog to discover one, remembering to praise them every time they find one. After you are assured that your dog understands what “find the treasure” means you can make it a bit more stimulating. Have them stay in a different room as you hide the things, and start hiding them in spots they have to sniff, for example, under a rug.
Play the Shell Game With Your Dog
The shell game is a problem-solving game for dogs. While playing the shell game with your dog let your dog watch as you place a treat under one of three cups. You can shuffle the cups around and encourage them to ‘find the treasure.’ The shell game provides your dog plenty of mental stimulation and helps them work on their problem-solving skills.
Train Your Dog to Clean Up His Toys
If your dog’s toys are stored in a container, you can train them to put their toys away. I know it sounds weird to train your dog to clean up after themselves, but it is a lot of fun. Training your dog some new skills boosts their confidence, and it is the best way to provide them with more mental encouragement.
If your dog already knows the command of drop it has them pick up a toy and give them their drop it commands once they are standing on the container. Applause them like crazy, then rinse and repeat. Eventually, with stability, you will have a dog that will be able to clean up after himself.
Play Interactive Games With Your Dog
To keep my dog engage on rainy days I love playing interactive games, for example, tug, find the treasures, puzzle games and fetch. Interactive games are a simple way to give your dog plenty of mental stimulation, and they can help cut down on problematic behaviors including excessive chewing or barking.
But take it from me; if you are going to play indoors use a lightweight ball like Babble Balls to escape breaking all of the things. These balls make different kinds of noise when touched. Pets think it’s alive! Most dogs go bonkers the moment they hear the sound. It’s not a toy your pet plays with, it’s a toy that plays with your pet!
A game of tug is more exciting for dogs, and it is the best way to increase your dog’s manners and impulse control. It is also a pretty good workout. Minute for a minute it is one of the more physically demanding games we play.