Lately with all the lockdowns and restrictions in place, we’ve been spending a lot more time indoors. A big positive to this is that we get to spend it with our furry friends!
As wonderful as this is, it can sometimes be difficult to keep them entertained, especially when we can’t take them out for long walks or play in the park as much as usual.
In this article we list our top 10 favourite activities and fun ways to keep your dog occupied, physically active and mentally stimulated during lockdown and beyond.
- Hide and seek
Indoor games like hide and seek can be great fun for dogs and is a good way to wear them out whilst being mentally stimulating. Members of the family can hide in areas around the house, and then each person can take it in turns to call the dog to come and find you. When you are found, be sure to praise them on a job well done!
- Hide and treat
Create a scavenger hunt for your dog by hiding strong smelling treats around the house and see how clever your pup is in sniffing them out!
- Simple trick training
Try teaching your dog some new tricks. This could involve teaching them important commands such as ‘sit’ or ‘stay’, or teaching them to fetch, or shake paws.
- Inside fetch with a ball
The best place to play fetch inside is a long hallway, or alternatively, a room where you have a bit of space for your dog to run around. Of course, be sure to use a soft ball to prevent any damages!
- Tug of War
This is a good way to tire your dog out physically whilst stimulating them mentally. Use a tug toy like a knotted rope and make sure it’s long enough to keep your dog’s teeth away from your hands. Playing this daily is a great form of exercise for your dog (and for you!)
Who doesn’t love doggy cuddles? This is a comforting activity you can do with your dog at any time of day to benefit both you and your furry friend! It’ll also help strengthen your bond and build trust.
- Pet photoshoot
Get creative and take some snaps or videos of your precious pooch! Dress them up in some cute outfits (if they’ll let you!) This may be more fun for you than your dog but hopefully they will enjoy the attention and you’ll end up with some adorable pics to keep forever.
- Kong and peanut butter
A Kong is a classic dog toy and a favourite among many breeds. They’re great as a chew toy or to play fetch with, and can also be stuffed with treats and topped off with peanut butter – delicious!
- Snuffle mats
Snuffle mats are mats that allow the dogs to find treats or dry food that you’ve hidden. Typically, they’re made
of rubber with fleece strips and holes in it. The loose ends of the fleece are on top and provide the hiding spots for the treats. They make for a great enrichment activity and provides an outlet for their energy.
- Scatter feeding
Scatter feeding is a way to extend your dog’s meal times by scattering their food over a wide area such as around your garden or house. It helps to engage their sense of smell and enhances their natural ability to sniff things out. It also engages their brain and provides mental stimulation.
We hope this has given you plenty of inspiration for fun activities that you and your family can enjoy with your dog.