No one likes being stuck indoors, but sometimes, it's necessary - whether it's cold and rainy or hot and humid. While in Texas we don't get too many snowy days, we are no stranger to dangerous temperatures, be it summer or winter. If you've got a pet with endless amounts of energy, you need
to find ways to keep your furry friend active. A bored dog will find their own activities, and while they are perfectly content chewing your shoes or furniture, you might not be so thrilled. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep your pup mentally and physically stimulated.
Being stuck indoors is the perfect opportunity to have your pet be the star of their very own glamour shots. Have them doing human things, like typing on a key board or reading a book. Set up interpretations on classical paintings with your pet as the subject. Photograph them doing their favorite things or taking a nap. The sky is the limit.
This is a great task involve the whole family. Just remember to keep sessions short and give your pet plenty of rewards. Don't force them to dress up or pose if they don't want to.
Classic Kong toys are perfect for a rainy day; they can also curb an antsy or hyper pet that needs distracting. Simply fill the toy with your pet's favorite treat and watch them be entertained until they get tired or their food is all gone! Puzzle feeders are great, as well. Just remember to administer treats and snacks responsibly.
This game is fun for the whole family, especially kids. It's also best suited for high energy pups that don't mind loud noises and a game of fetch. First, gather as many empty plastic two-liter and gallon jugs or bottles - these will be the "pins". Line them up in a triangular formation at the end of a long room or hallway - someplace where your dog will have plenty of space to run. Then roll your tennis "bowling" ball towards the pins, and have your pup go and get it, knocking down pins along the way.
See who can get the most strikes. Remember to encourage your pup with praise and treats, letting them know this kind of play is okay. Of course, this game may frighten some dogs. Pay attention to your dog's behavior and body language. If they are uncomfortable, discontinue the game. You can always play indoor fetch without the pins.
Practice New Tricks
Training is a great way to keep your dog mentally active, which is just as important as physical exercise. Teach them a new trick or practice an old one. Keep training sessions an appropriate length of time, and give your pooch some rest. If your dog becomes bored, they won't retain what you've practiced.
Some animals enjoy a good rain shower - just remember, they will get messy. Take a walk in the rain dressed head-to-toe in rain gear. If it's cold or snowy, dress your pet appropriately with coats, sweaters, or booties. In the hot summer months, take walks or play outdoors at the coolest times of the day, like early morning or late evening. Provide plenty of water and know your pet's playtime limit in inclement conditions. Poor weather doesn't always mean you have to be stuck indoors.
Creativity for fun and exciting indoor playtime is key. Use your imagination! However, don't be afraid to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you're playing a game of Dog Bowling or jumping in rain puddles, your furbaby will be excited that they get to spend extra time with their favorite person - you!