Last Updated on 2020-10-24 by Linda
We’re all trying to get through uncertain times right now. Many parts of the world are on complete lockdown, while others are being told to practice “social distancing”. Needless to say, many people are stuck inside their homes and might be feeling the effects of cabin fever.
If you have a dog at home, they might be feeling it too!
While there are no rules in place that say you can’t get outside and have fun with your pets, it’s important to be able to keep them entertained inside, too. Doing so can also help you to avoid going stir crazy while at home.
Finding ways to have fun inside is just another aspect of adjusting to life with a pet. Now is the perfect time to learn to do more in the house with your furry friend, so you can keep them entertained and active no matter what. Let’s not turn them into coach potatoes.
3 Ways to Inside Entertain the Dogs
- Go On a Treasure Hunt
You’ve probably noticed your pooch sniffing out everything in sight when you go for walks outside. Dogs love using their nose to find anything and everything. So, create a “treasure hunt” in your own house by placing a few treats or pieces of food underneath containers that will be easy for your dog to lift.
You can scatter the containers throughout the house, letting your dog’s nose guide them to each one, so they can flip them over and get the “treasure” inside! Using the best dog food available in these containers can help to keep your dog healthy and happy.
Next Cool Tip for Dogs in Quarantine
- Tug of War
Looking for a way to help your dog burn off some energy? Play tug of war with them! Once you get started, your four-legged friend likely won’t want to stop!
You can go back and forth with just about anything, but dog toys specifically made for tugging are great, durable options, such as rope bones. If you can’t get out of the house but want to tire your dog out, this is a great way to do it.
Final Tip for Social Distancing
- Play Hide and Seek
Yes, you can play this classic game with your dog! Start by having them sit and stay in a room, while you go hide. Once you’re hidden, call for them and see how long it takes for them to find you.
When they finally do, be sure to reward them with a lot of scratches behind the ears and genuine excitement. This is a fun game you can do for a long time! It’ll help to burn off some energy with your dog, and will offer you a fun new way to interact with them that you may not have tried before.
The reality is, it’s not easy for anyone to feel like they’re cooped up inside. Your dog may not understand what’s going on in the world and why you’re suddenly home all the time, but chances are they love that you’re there. So, make the most of it as often as you can, and spend quality time with your furry friend trying out these fun indoor activities.
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