Spring for many areas of the country means rainy days. If you have a dog who still needs an active outlet, we have some great ideas to keep your dog busy. April is Active Dog Month, a time to get out and be more active with our dogs. Also, because it is April, it may mean activities need to move inside on a rainy day. To keep your dog busy, there are a few fun things to do to stay active with your dog and move the activity inside.
We have a lot of articles we've written for Active Dog Month! Be sure to check them all out after you read this one!
6 Dog Activities to burn off energy indoors
Play a game
For dogs, mental stimulation is as good as physical stimulation. Thinking is just as good as running for dogs. This is a go-to way to stay active indoors for your dog. The game could be simple: tug of war, throw the ball or chase. Again, moving your dog around the house is the key here.
Learn a new trick
Did you know mental stimulation is as good as physical stimulation for dogs? If you change up regular activity and add an element, this changes the activity. Just introducing new elements makes your dog think. This is exciting for your dog.
For example, if they know how to “Sit,” add something different, such as “Place” where they sit on a place of your choice, a rug, or their bed. “Place” is a great addition to “Sit” when people are coming over, direct them to “Place” and they will be at a further distance as people enter your home.
Find the Treats
This game is a way to get your dog moving around the house. Make it like an Easter egg hunt, where the treats are in different places. If you block your dog off where you are hiding, they can see you and will be that much more excited. Then, let them loose and let them fly through the house looking for the treats.
Create New Toys
One of my favorite things to do inside with the dogs is to check out our recycling goodies. A nice empty oatmeal container with chews in it makes a rattle for your dogs as they push it around. Empty water bottles of all sizes are a great toy. And, anytime the paper towels or toilet paper is out, I give my dog the cardboard roll. My dog works until the cardboard is torn to bits. This will require some clean-up after, but it gives them new ways to interact with these “toys” and it is absolutely free! Just be sure you watch your dog doesn’t eat these recyclable toys but just playing with them.
My dog loves being inside his kennel because it means she will get to work with her Kong. I wasn’t familiar with Kong stuffing until I learned about it through the doggie training sessions we had at our local pet store. Now, I see it in many blogs and vlogs, and I wonder how I missed it all these years.
My dog’s favorite is a Kong I’ve frozen overnight. On one end is the rope I’ve tied into a knot, and then inside I fill it with dog kibble mini-chunks then I add leftover broth or yogurt, or peanut butter to help keep the kibble inside, and freeze it. The Kong comes out of the freezer as I need to get to work. She is so excited, she quickly gets in her kennel for this treat. I have 2 Kongs, so I always rotate. They are dishwasher safe, so they clean up easily. There is honestly no trace of any of the food, so I know she had a great time cleaning it up.
You can use this same method for indoor days. You may want to use a rope to tie it to something so your dog stays in one place with the filled Kong, as it can be messy. I found this great video on how to stuff a Kong. This dog trainer swears by the Kong so much, he says it can most behavior problems. Check it out!
Create an Obstacle Course
Take your cues from the 2021 AKC National Agility Championships, which were recently aired on ESPN and the AKC on AKC.Tv. These dogs are amazing! Have your dog do their own mobility when you put together some sort of obstacle course and teach your dog to go through it. You can set up poles to weave through, pillows to jump over, and stairs to climb up and down. You will be surprised to see how excited your dog, no matter the size, they are to participate. Just like a kid, this new challenge will excite and exhaust your dog.
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The biggest part of staying active, is being active, and an #ActiveDog is a #GlydeDog! April is Active Dog Month and we are helping keep your dog active with these great tips. Did you see our other posts? If not, please check them out!
What ideas do you do with your dog when you have to them inside? Let us know on our social media accounts. No matter what: be sure to keep them happy and healthy with mental and physical stimulation!
We've done a whole series on Active Dogs. Check out all of our articles:
- 5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Active
- Top 10 Most Active Dog Breeds
- Active Dog Month: Keys to Walking Your Dog
- 6 Active Dog Activities to do Indoors on an April Rainy Day