Ways to Keep Your Dog Busy Indoors
With the winter season, its especially important to find ways to keep your dog entertained inside the house. A bored dog can often get into trouble, so giving them some activities to do, so they don't need to find something to do themselves is a good plan to keep destructive habits from occurring. If you have a dog that gets bored easily or just want to improve your dog's daily routine at home, here are some easy way to keep your dog busy indoors.
1. Feed your dog using a food puzzle.
A food puzzle is great for mental stimulation and it also slows down dogs who eat their food really quickly. Food dispensing toys need to be solved by your dog to be able to get the food (or treat) out of the puzzle toy. There are so many options to choose from, but you can also create your own food puzzle at home with items you already own. Place some treats or food onto a towel, roll it up and place it on the ground for your dog to solve.
2. Teach your dog a new trick.
Teaching your dog a new trick is another great way to get some of their energy out. Try teaching them to put away their own toys, learn the name of a favourite toy, go find a certain toy, or shake a paw!
3. Practice obedience training.
Another activity to get your dog's mind busy and tucker them out is to practice some old tricks. Use some positive reinforcement and go over some commands that your dog already knows.
4. Play hide and seek.
Hide and seek can be a great game to play with your dog! You can either hide yourself or you can hide a favourite toy and tell them to go find it. Tell your dog to stay, hide and then call out to them to find you, or tell them to go find a toy they love that you placed somewhere in the house.
5. Rotate your dogs toys.
Putting away a toy that your dog may not be playing with as much and then bringing it out again essentially makes that toy brand new again to your dog! So instead of giving your dog access to all of their toys, try putting some away and bringing them back out when your dog gets bored with their current selection.