Indoor Activities for Dogs
Indoor Activities for DogsPosted by Korman Res | Indoor Activities for Dogs
Stuck indoors with Fido?
In light of the frigid weather we’ve had in many parts of our country recently, it’s a safe bet that many of us would prefer to hunker down indoors rather than take our canine companions outside for a romp in the park. Unfortunately, when dogs don’t get enough exercise or mental stimulation, they can get bored…and as you may have already discovered, canine boredom can manifest itself in a number of negative (and irritating) ways. While sufficient outdoor exercise is part of the gold standard of keeping our dogs happy and healthy, there are days when circumstances just won’t allow it.
Fortunately, there are some indoor activities we can do with our four-legged friends that will provide the exercise and mental stimulation they need on those days that we just can’t get outside. Some ideas are:
- Hide and Seek – There are a few different ways to play this mentally stimulating, reward-based game. The first is to take three plastic bowls or cups, turn them upside-down, and place a small treat underneath one of them. Mix up the bowls so that your dog doesn’t see which one the treat is under and then allow your dog to sniff around the bowls and guess which one has the treat under it. If you dog guesses correctly, reward him with the treat. Another way to play hide and seek is to hide small treats all around your home when your dog isn’t looking and then have him search for the hidden treats. If you have children, a fun way to get them involved is to have them hide somewhere in your home and have your dog try to find them. When he does, have your child reward him with a treat.
- Obedience Training – If you’ve never done basic obedience training with your dog, being snowed in is a great time to start! Make sure you have plenty of small training treats on hand and begin teaching him to sit, stay, heel, and lie down. Here is a great link to get you started: http://dogtime.com/basic-commands-obedience.html . If your dog is already a pro at obedience training, maybe it’s time to add some new tricks to his repertoire!
- Grooming – Although grooming won’t provide your dog with exercise, it can be both stimulating and relaxing for him. A nice bath, a good brushing, and a nail trim will make him feel great and it can be an excellent bonding activity for both of you.
- Frozen Kong – If you have a “Kong” or other dog toy that you can stuff treats into, you can make the treat last longer and provide more of a challenge for your dog by freezing it. Your pup will happily spend hours trying to get to the treats inside! Kongs and similar toys can be purchased at most pet supply stores.
If you’re interested in another fun, indoor activity that would directly benefit your dog, have you considered making homemade dog treats? They are simple to make, healthy, and your furry friend will thank you for it! Here’s a great recipe we found from www.dogtreatkitchen.com
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats
(Makes about 1 dozen)
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 ¼ cup canned pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
¼ cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
Water (about ¼ cup – you may need more or less)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine all ingredients together in a bowl, and add water as needed to make the dough workable, but the dough should still be dry and stiff.
- Roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness and cut out pieces with a cookie cutter or the mouth of a small glass.
- Place on greased baking sheet and bake until hard, about 30 minutes.
- Cool on wire rack before serving.
When the weather does permit, Korman Residential’s Woof Woof Club is a great place for you and your dog to have some outdoor fun!