INDOOR GAMES TO PLAY WITH A DOG
With restrictions on what we can leave the house for coming into effect recently, many of our plans and usual outdoor activities have been put on pause. However, this is not all bad news as this time in isolation gives you an opportunity to teach and play fun indoor games with your pet. These indoor activities will provide your dog with much-needed exercise and mental stimulation.
Not getting enough playtime and exercise can lead to behavioural problems making indoor games even better. With this in mind, here’s a great list of games that you can play with your canine companion that will be fun for you too.
Even the most docile dog breeds love to play roughly every now and then. A bout of Tug-of-War is a great way to keep your dog concentrated and engaged while still having fun. The full-body workout makes use of all the muscles and gets you and your dog physically stimulated and can improve dental health.
Find The Treats
Capitalise on your pups incredible sense of smell by hiding treats or bits of kibble around the house and backyard for your furry friend to find. This is a good way to practice some training words and actions all while keeping your dog engaged for hours and hours. Our Australian-made treats are perfect for this as they are made from super healthy ingredients and have a taste dogs love.
Put Away The Toys
Games can be combined with training and learning experiences to build trust, discipline and positive habits in your dog. Starting with a simple task of putting away the toys after playtime can build up to create a good number of responsible behaviours in your pet. This game simply works by your dog grabbing their toys with their mouth and placing them in a box where all their toys go. This fun game will also save you from doing some cleaning up.
Guess Which Hand
Inquisitive as many pets can be, dogs are always at the top of the list. Even a simple game of guessing which hand the treat is in can be turned into hours of fun mixed with exciting rewards for the pup. As always, it’s a great idea to combine playtime with learning to help dogs learn commands and habits, or to cement positive behaviour in more mature pets.
There are so many different indoor games to play with a dog so why not learn a few during this time? These games are a good way to keep yourself and your pet entertained while building your relationship with them.