5 Fun & Easy Ways to Entertain Your Dog Indoors
As winter approaches, frigid temps, snow, ice, and longer nights mean many families—including the furriest family members—will spend more time indoors. When stuck inside the house for long periods, dogs are subject to the same winter blues that many humans experience. But, you can easily ward off boredom with these five fun and easy ways to entertain your dog indoors.
1. Puzzle Toys
Puzzle toys are a type of toy designed to make your dog think about their actions and focus on a task. Highly intelligent dogs will love this type of challenge. Even if you don’t think your dog is a brainiac, he just may surprise you! Start with easy puzzles like a snuffle mat or treat dispenser toy before advancing to more complex problem-solving games.
Puzzle toys and feeders are an excellent way to make mealtimes more fun, too! In addition to providing much-needed mental stimulation, puzzle feeders can also slow down fast eaters.
2. Training is Fun
Winter is a great time to train your pets. Dogs, like us, are looking for something to alleviate the boredom of being indoors, so chances are good you’ll have a captive audience. Focus on strengthening the bond between you and your dog by teaching obedience cues and fun new tricks. Start with the basics - sit, lie down, and stay. Once those are mastered, practice some fun new skills, like shake, roll over, or play dead.
3. You CAN Exercise Indoors
Dogs generally feel better when they get physical exercise and so will you! While exercising your dog indoors may require a little more creativity, it can be done. Try setting up an indoor obstacle or agility course. Race each other to the top of the stairs. Or, play a fun game of tug-o-war or keep-away with a favorite toy. The Rompidogz Tug N’ Toss Interactive Rope Toy is perfect for entertaining and exercising your dog indoors or out!
4. Grooming & Massage
Although most dogs aren’t big fans of bath time, not many will object to being pampered with a skin-soothing grooming session or a relaxing massage. To help your dog look and feel his best when he’s stuck inside, give a quick spritz with a waterless dog shampoo, brush from ears to paws with a massaging dog brush, and watch as all your dog’s winter woes melt away.
5. Music & Movies Made for Dogs
It’s not uncommon for the humans that are stuck indoors to stay entertained with music and movies, so why not your dog, too? Dogs can enjoy hours of wholesome entertainment through movies and broadcasts made especially for their enjoyment. Or, they can feel calm and relaxed listening to music made especially for our four-legged friends.
You see, being confined indoors doesn’t have to be boring! With a little creativity, some dedication to your dog, and a willingness to make the most of your time together, you may even start to look forward to it!
Article by Brandy A.