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5 Indoor Games with Your Dog

When the weather is bad outside, it’s important to have some fun and exercise with your pooch inside. Here are 5 Indoor Games with Your Dog:

1. Jump + More

indoor games for dogsFind something in your home that your dog can jump over or through. We use a hoola hoop, but you could always use the stick part of a broom propped up on books or small chairs or roll up a towel. Take your dog’s favorite treats and use them to jump through the hoola hoop, over the broom stick or over the rolled up towel. Make sure you give your dog enough space to both run before and after the item they are jumping over. Start with a low height and slowly you can increase this.

If you’re dog really loves the jumping game, you can take it to another level by creating a mini-obstacle course. First you might start by using the hoola hoop and broom stick and rolled up towel. You can add a chair for your dog to run over or under and also add items your dog can weave around.

Indoor Games with Your Dog

2. Fetch

The classic dog game, Fetch, can easily be played indoors, especially in a hallway. Our dog will only play Fetch with treats, so I’ll give him a few more treats that day and just remember to reduce his normal meal to make up for it. To increase the workout, you can play fetch up or down the stairs (make sure your dog is fit and your vet agrees that running stairs is ok for your dog).

3. Puppy Push-Ups

Puppy Push-Ups aren’t just for puppies, but that’s often when dogs learn these commands. This involves 4 commands one after another – sit, then down, then sit and stand. It’s a good way to reinforce the basics of sit, down and stand. It also gives them some push up exercise.

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“I love a play date!”

4. Doggy Play Dates

Our dog just loves a doggy play date – even if it’s only just 5-10 minutes to run around with his dog friends and have some fun.

5. Find It

This will give your dog’s nose a workout. Put your dog in another room, out of sight, while you hide a few treats. Start out by choosing hiding spots that allow your dog to find the hidden treats easily. Try placing treats behind the legs of furniture, partially in view.

After you’ve hidden the treats, go get your dog and say “Find it!” right before letting him into the room. Encourage him to look around for the treats. You might have to point them out the first few times you play. As your dog becomes better and better at finding the treats, you can hide them in more difficult places, like behind pillows or underneath objects.

As dogs often don’t have a long attention span, rather than one long play session, it might be better to do more frequent short sessions.

Most importantly, indoor games with your dog should be fun for both you and your dog!

If you need more indoor activities with your dog, check out our post on how to teach your dog tricks.

Top 5 Tips to Create a Pet Friendly Home

In honor of National Puppy Day, we’re bringing you our Top 5 Tips to Create a Pet Friendly Home. We would highly advise them if you have a new puppy, but they could even help your relationship with your fully grown dog.

pet friendly home1. If it’s on the floor – consider it fair game

Dogs are literally living at a lower level than us, so they really notice first what’s on the floor. They particularly like it when there’s something tasty or smells good. Real leather fits the bill perfectly. Puppies that tend to chew a lot, will find your shoes and handbags on the floor irresistible. Even my dog, who’s trained quite well, went through at least 4 pairs of shoes and almost a handbag (I quickly rescued it before major damage was done) when he was a puppy. So just don’t tempt them, if you like it, keep it off the floor.

2. If they can reach it – it’s also fair game

Pappy

Pappy

When creating a pet friendly home, you need to take into consideration how tall your dog is – including how tall he is on his hind legs and stretching. Dogs will use all their efforts to get to something they really want. Did you read our post on how Pappy nabbed the family rotisserie chicken? Pappy was 8 years old when this happened, so this isn’t just a puppy problem.

There’s also the issue of the coffee table – your dog reaching it from the front with his mouth or from the back with his tail. You’ve got to be the responsible pet parent here and realize the coffee table is a potential disaster zone. Keep and eye out or make sure your dog can’t get near it.

bad foods for dogs Did you know it’s National Poison Prevention Week? As a reminder, please make sure those potentially dangerous human foods are out of reach of your best friend. A friend of mine had some chocolates on the dining room table and while she was away at work, her puppy dachshund jumped on the chair and then up on the table and ate all the chocolates – which very sadly resulted in her puppy’s passing. If in doubt, put it away!

3. Give your dog his own personal space

While most of us would agree that a dog’s life is quite nice, they still need some personal space. At times they’re going to want to escape from the family chaos and retreat into their own little spot. Perhaps it’s a special spot in your home or your dog’s crate (read more about crates at: The Dog Crate – An Essential Part of Your Home). Make sure it’s comfortable, cozy and preferably den-like.

4. Baby-proofing is not just for babies

pet friendly homeWhen you start to look at some things in the pet and baby departments, you’ll notice some cross-overs. For example, there are baby gates which are useful not just for babies but also for dogs. There are play pens for babies and also for dogs. You’ve got diapers for babies and pee pads (which are essentially flat diapers) for puppies.

Most importantly, you want to make sure your babies and doggies cannot get to harmful chemicals or drugs. Babies and doggies also tend to have their mouths on a lot of things you would prefer they avoid, so store things appropriately and avoid harsh chemical which they could potentially come in contact with.

5. Clean up – your dog will appreciate it

Pet friendly homeLet’s say you’ve abided by tips 1 & 2 and have stored all those things away that you don’t want eaten or chewed. Next is to reduce the dirt and dust in your dog’s life. Certain allergens, dirt and mold can affect your dog’s health and greatly decrease their quality of life. It’s probably not healthy for you either.
Not to mention, if you keep the toilet seat up and you have a lab (or similarly larger breed) – they’re probably going to try to drink out of the toilet a some point when you’re not looking – let’s keep the bowl clean if not for you, then for your best friend.

To conclude, we’re not recommending you to become some sort of neat freak. Having a dog (or babies) definitely makes life a bit messier, but with that comes a lot of laughter and love.

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