There are a number of reasons why you may need to keep a dog entertained indoors. It may be that your routine needs to change and your dog will be home alone for longer periods of time. Or it could be that poor weather rules out that long walk you had planned.
Not only will a bored pup with too much time on his paws can get into all sorts of mischief, dogs also suffer from loneliness and boredom. If you would like to keep your dog from re-modelling your furniture these tips on keeping your dog entertained may help.
1. Puzzle bowls
Puzzle bowls are designed to challenge your dog mentally and to increase the time it takes your dog to eat his dinner. This can help overcome the boredom and anxiety a dog left home alone may feel. Anxiety can manifest in a number of ways:
If your dog whines, whimpers or paces when you are getting ready to leave and then howls once you are gone you have a dog suffering from separation anxiety. To help alleviate these feelings introducing an interactive dog puzzle can refocus your dog’s energy into finding a tasty treat, rather than on you as you leave.
Does your dog eat so quickly that it seems as if he is inhaling his dinner? Some dogs get so excited about dinner time that they eat so quickly that they then throw up. The answer is to slow them down – making a dog work for dinner by introducing a puzzle bowl will slow down how quickly the food is consumed giving your dog’s digestion a chance. Your dog will also be entertained and will have expended some mental energy figuring out the puzzle.
2. Keep the television on
Turning the television onto an animal channel and turning up the volume can really keep them focused for a period of time. If you’re a quiet household the sights and sounds of the programme helps to stimulate your dog’s brain.
3. Stuffed Kongs & Treat Dispensers
In addition to their main meal dogs love something to chew; and to keep it interesting a tasty chew can keep your dog busy for hours. There are a range of options to suit any budget.
Kong chew toys
These are great for relieving boredom and there are great Kong recipe ideas to keep them busy.
Electronic dog treat dispensers
The Foobler electronic treat dispenser can be programmed to release a treat every 15, 30, 60 or 90 minutes. It will even sound a bell to let your dog know more food is available.
The Furbo dog camera and treat dispenser allows you to monitor your dog using your smartphone and to reward good behaviour by allowing your give your dog a treat. A live streaming HD video camera gives you a 160 degree view and 2-way audio allows you to see and speak with your dog.
4. Rotate, Buy or make your dog a new toy
It’s great to buy your pet a new toy every once in a while, but it isn’t your only option. Making a new dog toy, can be incredibly fun and really simple. Sometimes also giving your pet’s toys a new lease of life can be as simple as taking away a toy and reintroducing it to your pet.
5. Play a game:
The best stimulation for dogs is time with their owner – so whilst it may not always be possible to go out, there are a number of activities to keep your dog happy.
Find the treats
This is pretty self-explanatory. Hiding treats around can teach your dog some basic nose work and can really tire them out.
Tug of War
This is a favourite for most dogs. It’s great exercise mentally and physically. It’s also great as it doesn’t require lots of room indoor to play.
Play the which hand game
If you’ve been thinking about teaching your dog some scent work games this is a great game. The only thing you’ll need is some dog treats, and if don’t have any to hand, then why not use some chopped up fruits & veggies will go down just as well or you can try your hand at making some DIY dog treats.
6. Teach your dog a new trick
Has there been a trick you’ve always wanted your dog to do. Just an hour every evening for a period of time is enough to get your dog the hang of something new. And it’s a great way to engage in meaningful play with your dog.
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