Keeping your dog entertained can be a challenge. And trying to come up with new ideas on how to keep your dog busy can be more exhausting than actually getting up and doing it.
Bored dogs get into trouble. We’re their main source of entertainment, so if we’re not giving them stuff to do they’ll come up with activities of their own — and that’s when we end up with chewed up shoes and curtains.
By playing with your dog a few times a day you can decrease the likelihood of them developing destructive habits such as excessive barking or chewing.
Here's the list of some new ideas for indoor activities to keep your dog busy:
1. Play the the Shell Game With Your Dog
The shell game is a simple problem solving game for dogs. To play the shell game with your dog let your dog watch as you place a treat under one of three cups. You then shuffle the cups around and encourage them to ‘find the treat.’ The shell game gives your dog plenty of mental stimulation, and helps them work on their problem solving skills.
2. Play a Game of Tug of War With Your Dog
3. Teach Your Dog to Clean Up His Toys
If your dog’s toys are kept in a container you can teach them to put their toys away. I know it sounds weird to teach your dog to clean up after themselves, but it’s actually a lot of fun. Teaching your dog new skills boosts their confidence, and it’s a great way to give them more mental stimulation.
If your dog already knows “drop it” have them pick up a toy and give them their drop it command once they’re standing over the container. Praise them like crazy, then rinse and repeat. Eventually with consistency you’ll have a dog that will be able to clean up after himself.
4. 6. Teach Your Dog to Help With Chores
5. Make Your Dog Work for His Food
6. Play The Which Hand Game With Your Dog
- Place a treat in one of your hands.
- Close your fists and hold them out in front of your dog.
- Let the dog choose which hand it’s in.
- When your dog sniffs or paws the correct hand open it up and give them the treat.
- If he chooses incorrectly don’t discourage him, it takes a few tries to catch on.
- A gentle “touch” command will be helpful.
Tip: Chopped up carrots make excellent treats for scent work games and training. They’re low in calories, easy to prepare, and (most) dogs absolutely love them.
7. Master The Art of Doggie Massage
8. Teach Your Dog to Chase Bubbles
Seriously, a few 3-5 minute sessions of chasing bubbles can work wonders for your dog!
9. Snuggle Up & Relax With Your Dog
After a nice training session or game there’s nothing better than a little bit of relaxation. We all need time to unwind, and many of our dogs love to lounge around with us. Each night before bedtime you can sit on the couch with your dog for a bit.
How do you keep your dog entertained indoors?