8 Indoor activities that you can do with your pet!

Going to a dog park may not always be an option, especially during the pandemic! But, thankfully, there are many indoor activities you can do with your doggies to keep them happy and active!

Going to a dog park may not always be an option, especially during the pandemic! But, thankfully, there are many indoor activities you can do with your doggies to keep them happy and active! It’s important for both the “pawrents” and pet babies to maintain mental as well as physical health. 

Play hide and seek

This is great for a two or more person household, so you can teach your pet how to play. The first person holds a treat in their hand which the pet can see. Find a place to hide – it can be somewhere pretty obvious at first – while the second person stays with the pet. The first person then calls the pet’s name, and the pet will begin to look. Reward your fur baby with treats when they find you!

You’ll also want to be mindful of your pet’s ability in finding you! Don’t make it too hard or your fur ball might get frustrated! Keep it simple and fun, that way, you’ll both enjoy it! 

Tug-of-war

Tug-of-war is a great game to play with your dog. Not only will it help strengthen their jaw, it’s a great way to bond with each other. It can also be an incredibly useful tool for redirecting your dog’s behavior if they keep biting. 

Rather than scolding, you can redirect them to a rope toy. They’ll tire themselves out, as well as bite on something that’s appropriate to chew!

Grab a rope toy and let your dog play tug-of-war with you. The only rule is that they must wait for you to give them permission to grab the rope. Hold the rope out above their head. Keep doing this until they learn your signal to reach for the rope. Praise them when they do it correctly!

Teach a new trick

Anytime is a good time to run through training sessions. If you’re stuck indoors, it’s the perfect opportunity to work on basic commands or even more advanced ones that don’t require a lot of space.

If you want to step it up a bit, work on teaching fun tricks, like balancing a treat on their nose or rolling over. The possibilities are endless, let’s get to it! 

Indoor Swimming

Once in a while, intense exercise can improve your pet’s health. They’ll be able to release excess energy from being at home for too long.

Look for an indoor pet swimming pool near you. There are ones with full-time staff who will take good care of your pet. You can always join them in the pool if you’d like!

Grooming

Grooming is one of a dog’s basic needs and an important part of dog ownership. Some dogs really enjoy certain aspects of grooming, especially being brushed.

When done in a gentle manner, grooming ​can be a soothing and enjoyable bonding experience for you and your dog.

Seeing Movies with Pets

Get your drinks and popcorn ready for you and your doggo! Immerse yourself in movies for dogs that are super fun to watch for both parties! And don’t worry that your four-legged besties won’t understand it. Research shows that some doggies understand what happens in each scene of the movie. They might not understand everything, but it’s good enough right? Even some humans won’t get the movies they’re watching! 

Take a photo!

When you’re at home and you’re having a heartwarming moment with your pet, why not take a picture to commemorate these moments? It could be when you’re doing fun activities together or simply just cozying up on the couch with one another. 

These images will make you smile every time you look at them. Cherish these wonderful memories with pictures! 

Playdate

Even though we are still in the midst of a pandemic, socializing your pet remains very important. It can help your pet improve their interaction in their surroundings.

Make an appointment with other “pawrents” that you feel comfortable being around. Take your little friend to meet their little friend, and let them play together. You can take turns hosting! 

Your pet’s getting excited! Pick whichever choice you see fit and enjoy them with your besties!


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