Although most dogs love to go outside and explore, exercising outdoors isn’t always possible. But just because the weather is bad or you’re too busy to leave the house doesn’t mean your dog has to turn into a total couch potato. Keep your precious pooch active with these indoor dog activities.
1. Play Fetch
If you have a long hallway or a large living room, take a few minutes out of your busy day to throw a plush toy or tennis ball and have your dog retrieve it. Running back and forth will keep your dog occupied and you won’t have to set foot outside, making this one of the easiest indoor dog activities to try.
2. Create Your Own Agility Course
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to create a basic agility course in your home. This approach works best if you have a large basement or rec room, but it can also work if you have a sizable living room. Before you begin, look for objects that can be used as part of your agility course. To give your dog an opportunity to jump, for example, you can set two boxes about three feet apart and lay a mop or broom across them. Create your own weaving event by setting up a series of objects 24 inches apart. Have your dog enter on the left side and then weave its way through the course without knocking over any of the items.
3. Incorporate Exercise Equipment into Your Dog’s Routine
If you’re on a budget, look for ways to use equipment you already have in your home, like a treadmill or a mini-trampoline. Your dog may not have as much fun walking on a treadmill as it would sniffing around outdoors, but it’s still a good way to keep your dog active if you have to stay inside. Be sure to keep the speed and incline at a manageable level for your dog. What works for a healthy puppy full of energy is likely to be too fast or too steep for an older dog or a dog with joint problems.
4. Have a Puppy Party
Many of these indoor dog activities are designed for you to do one-on-one with your dog, but if you have a popular pooch, ask your neighbors to bring their dogs to your home for a canine celebration. Your dog will have a chance to run around with its pals, helping it stay active and happy.
5. Hit the Stairs
If you live in an apartment building or a house with more than one floor, walking up and down the stairs is great exercise for both you and your dog. Entice your dog to run down the stairs by throwing a soft toy and aiming for the landing. Once your dog retrieves the toy, have it run back to you. Just be sure the stairway is free of obstacles before you begin.
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