Winter Fun for You and Your Dog

As I sit here at my desk on this snowy March day with my dog Merlin curled up at my feet, I can’t help but think that I am so glad he went to doggie day care yesterday.  But if you are not so lucky as to have a tired out dog, here are a few things you can do to help wear them out and save your sanity at the same time.

 

  • Play treasure hunt or do some fun nose work with them.  This is a great activity to work the brain, which will wear them out just as much as a nice hike.  To get started, put your wound up, crazy pup in a different room. You are going to hide a few treats around your living room, in relatively easy, obvious places to start with, such as one at the corner of the couch on the floor, another near your entertainment system, and another by the front door.  You are limited only by your imagination, but keep it simple to start. As your pup starts to get the idea, slowly increase the difficulty of the hides until he is finding things in the couch or under the loveseat.

 

  • Another fun activity would be to build your pup an indoor agility course.  Start simple, with a few books across a door and your kitchen chairs lined up for a tunnel.  With treats, encourage your pup to jump the books and run under the chairs.   Use your imagination to provide different obstacles for your dog to run through, over, or under.  Have fun and play.  A word of warning: watch out for the slick and slippery hard wood, tile and vinyl floors and never force your dog to do something they aren’t comfortable doing.

 

 

Have fun with your dogs on these snowy homebound days.  Do you have a special game you play with your dogs when you are stuck in the house?  Share with us below and stay tuned for more things to do with your dog when the weather keeps you indoors.