10 Fun Indoor Activities To Do With Your High-Energy Dog

December 30, 2023

When the weather outside is frightful, keeping a high-energy dog entertained indoors can be a challenge, but there are plenty of fun activities you can try. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Indoor Fetch: Set up a safe area for indoor fetch using soft toys or a lightweight ball. Be mindful of fragile items in your home.
  2. Hide and Seek: Hide treats or toys around the house and encourage your dog to find them. This engages their sense of smell and provides mental stimulation.
  3. Obstacle Course: Create a mini obstacle course using household items like chairs, cushions, and tunnels. Guide your dog through the course and reward them for completing it.
  4. Tug-of-War: Play a game of tug-of-war with a sturdy rope or tug toy. This can be a great way to let your dog release some energy.
  5. Puzzle Toys: Invest in puzzle toys or treat-dispensing toys that challenge your dog mentally. This can help keep them occupied and entertained.
  6. Training Sessions: Use the indoor time to work on obedience training or teach your dog new tricks. Mental stimulation can be just as tiring as physical exercise.
  7. Interactive Games: Explore interactive games on a tablet or smartphone designed for dogs. Some apps have games that respond to your dog’s touch or movement.
  8. Doggy Playdate: If your dog gets along well with other dogs, consider organizing a playdate with a friend’s dog. This can provide social interaction and additional play opportunities.
  9. Scent Games: Hide treats or toys and let your dog use their sense of smell to find them. You can make it more challenging by hiding items in different rooms.
  10. Frozen Treats: Create frozen treats by filling a Kong or other treat-dispensing toy with a mixture of dog-friendly ingredients like yogurt, peanut butter, and fruits. Freezing the toy adds an extra challenge.

Remember to adjust the activities based on your dog’s individual needs, and always prioritize their safety. If the weather improves, you can also consider outdoor activities to burn off excess energy. —Vita Daily


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