Sometimes it is hard to get your dog outside for his all-important walk. Here is a list of indoor games to play with your dog when it’s too cold, the snow’s too deep, your dog is sensitive to heat, or the weather outside just won’t let up long enough to let you your pooch out.
This fun game can get your dog moving indoors, which can help with those dogs that are super energetic. I like to use a soft toy (pogo plush) so if it hits something (my aim is not always the best) I do not have to worry about breaking it. If you own a house with a basement or long hallway those are ideal, fewer items in the way. Stairs are another great way to wear out an energetic dog.
Hide the toy
I love to have my dogs lay down and stay in the living room, while I take one of their toys into the bedroom and hide it. After hiding the toy I will give the “find it” command and off they go. There are many ways to play this game, you can have your dog find you, find your keys, or find something else. The possibilities are endless. With this fun game, your dog exercises both his body and brain.
Roll the Ball
For this game, you’ll want a large ball that won’t pop (yoga balls pop after about 5 minutes.) Try a basketball, soccer ball or a big Tuff ball. Get down on your hands and knees and push the ball, then have your dog push the ball. Once your dog figures out how to push the ball, have him push the ball to you.
Find the treat
Take three or so old cups and your dog’s favorite treat. Turn all the cups over. Hide a treat under one of the cups and see if your dog can find the hidden treat. If you want to make the game more challenging after putting the treat under a cup move the cups around then have your dog find the cup with the treat.
Chances are good when you feed your dog her bowl is empty after a few seconds. To help slow your pooch down take a minute and instead of feeding her in just one place mix it up. your dog’s food and hide small piles of it around your house. Start by making the piles easy to find then later depending on how quickly your dog catches begin making the piles more difficult to find.
These are just a few suggestions to get you started with indoor games to play with your dog. Use your imagination, combined with what your dog enjoys, and you’ll be able to come up with even more games you can play when the weather won’t let you take your dog out for a walk.
What do you do to exercise your dog when you can’t get outside?