Indoor Activities for You and Your Dog
With just a favorite toy and some treats, there are many fun activities you can do to keep your dog entertained indoors. If you don’t have the opportunity to go out right now, it’s good to have games to play inside! In this article, we share a few of our favorite indoor games.
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Pick the Cup
Teach your dog to find a treat hidden under a cup!
Step 1. Ask your dog to sit in front of you while you place a plastic cup on the floor.
Step 2. Hide a treat under the cup. To prevent the cup from sliding around, you might place it on a mat or blanket.
Step 3. Ask your dog to “Find it”. Let the dog use their paws and nose to try to lift the cup and reveal the treat underneath.
Step 4. Next, try the game with two cups. Help your dog by praising them when they sniff at the correct cup. Add more cups to make the game as challenging as you like.
Mealtimes can be made longer and more interactive with a few simple changes. Try putting your dog’s normal food in a KONG, activity ball, Puzzle Ball, Buster Cube, or similar toy. Food can also be scattered on a mat or hidden in different places around the house.
A great way to get the family involved is to make a homemade snuffle mat. They’re simple and fun to make, and dogs love using their nose to find the treats hidden inside. You can even use the mat to feed your dog her regular dry food at mealtimes.
These are important activities for both you and your dog. Begin to calmly and gently train your dog for routine health checks and healthcare. Dogs can learn to enjoy being brushed, having their teeth brushed, having nails trimmed, and getting a bath. Read our article to learn how to do a routine health check at home! Start with small steps and be sure to reward even the smallest progress. Consistent practice and positive reinforcement will be the keys to your success!
Many dogs enjoy being pampered. Why not spend quality time with your dog while you give her a well-deserved bath and brushing? Start by bathing your dog with a pet-friendly shampoo, being sure to avoid her eyes. Dry her coat thoroughly. Then take a little time to brush out any remaining mats or loose hair. Your dog will really enjoy this process if you provide treats and lots of praise!
For more advice about how to make your dog’s day interesting and fun, visit the Dogs Trust website.
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