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Five Indoor Dog Activities to Consider with Your Best Friend

Kelli Rascoe | November 30, 2020

Australian Cattle Dog puppy sitting inside near a couch

If you’re looking for a way to spend some quality time indoors with your furry friend, it may be a great idea to try a new activity. Naturally, enrichment and interactive play is a great way to bond with your dog. Whether you have a puppy, adult dog, or senior, there’s always a new way to teach, train, or bond with your best friend. Read on to learn more indoor dog activities that can help keep your pet entertained and happy in the comfort of your own home.

Indoor activities for your dog or puppy to enjoy inside

A brown and white dog carrying a toy inside the house

1. Scavenger hunt

If you want to engage and heighten your pet’s senses, consider creating a DIY pet scavenger hunt. This interactive and pet-friendly activity can be useful for pets of all ages. Consider incorporating different types of toys in your scavenger hunt. For example, items like ropes, balls, and squeaky toys may come in different shapes, sizes, and sounds. Also, treat-filled Kong may be a fun way to end the game. Further, you can change the type of toys you include every time, so it’s a new experience for your best friend.

2. Dog agility course

If you have a dog with a lot of energy, you may want to consider adding a dog agility course to your list of pet-friendly activities. Dog agility may be a unique way for your pet to exercise daily and become involved in a dog sport. For example, some items you may find in a dog agility course include a tunnel, seesaw, or ramp. All pets are different and some may take to new activities more than others. Make sure to consult with your veterinarian before starting agility or other sports.

3. Hide and seek

You never know when a fun game of hide & seek may involve the whole family. Also, it can help give your dog the chance to work on some training opportunities, like sit, stay, wait, or lay down. Whether you have a puppy or multi-pet household, an interactive game can help provide some emotional, mental, and physical stimulation for your furry friend. Further, try hiding treats around the house for your pet to find around your home. This can help their sense of smell and provide some positive reinforcement!

4. Puzzles

Your pet can get stimulation from a wide variety of sources, indoors or outdoors. So, if you’re stuck inside you may be looking for a new source of inspiration. Naturally, puppies and dogs may like a challenge, so a puzzle can be a creative way to stretch your furry friend’s imagination and brainpower! For more on enriching puzzles, check out this resource here.

5. A classic game of fetch

Whether you’re inside for the afternoon or enjoying a long weekend, sometimes it may be fun to incorporate your pet’s favorite activities throughout the day. Consider incorporating your pet’s toys into your day, and try a new spin on it. For example, does your dog likes fetch? Try rolling balls in different directions versus throwing one ball in the air, this may entice your best friend. Also, you can switch out the ball for a fuzzy soft toy or a Frisbee. Naturally, make sure your pet has plenty of space to run and roam throughout your home.

A woman plays with her black and white dog on her bed

Indoor dog activities for your pet to enjoy all seasons of the year

A pet-friendly indoor dog activity can help give you the chance to bond with your furry friend. Whether you’re a new puppy owner or have a multi-dog household, there’s always a chance for you and your furry friends to learn and grow together. Further, providing mental, physical, and emotional stimulation, through play can help keep your pet healthy and happy throughout the year.

What indoor dog activities does your pet enjoy?

For more on how to entertain your dog or cat, check out these recommendations from the Trupanion team here.

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