The British weather is rather unpredictable, so whether we like it or not there are a few rainy days, which mean that us humans and our doggies have to either brave the outdoors or stay inside. Staying indoors often means that your dog may have nothing to ease their boredom - they may take to making their own fun through destroying furniture or even annoying the cat!
So we’ve got some ideas for you; some activities for dogs who are in need for some indoor entertainment.
If they are running riot around the house they are most likely trying to get attention from you or another family member. Try some training with them, reinforcing basic commands that you are currently teaching them and mix that in with some playtime.
This way they are getting the affection they need whilst learning and using some of that boundless energy. It’ll certainly keep them busy as they would much rather socialize and have fun with you then on their own, so if you have the time to spare, play with them for a while and they will soon calm down afterwards.
If you would rather they are inside due to the rain and you don’t want them getting all muddy from romping around the park take them out somewhere! Even a trip to a local dog friendly shop (local garden centres are a good bet) can be a good bit of exercise for them and you can get some shopping done at the same time.
In some places there are indoor parks that allow dogs to run around and play together in a controlled environment so it may be worth you checking one out and your dog can then be outgoing, meet other dogs and have an altogether great time!
A fantastic way for you and your pooch to spend some quality time together is to get some grooming done. Nails and fur may need trimming, give them an exfoliating bath or even polish their nails.
Either way, if you’re not really into giving your dog the whole spa treatment, it’s still a good time to get the grooming done ready for when the weather has cleared up and they can hit the town again looking and smelling fresh for their friends.
There are plenty of creative games you can play with your dog by using your household furniture, toys and treats that you have to hand. A good example is the stairway dash in which your dog is encouraged to run to somebody at the top of the stairs, given a treat and then encouraged to run back down to the other person who also treats them.
It’s a great way to give them plenty of exercise, spend all that energy and they have loads of fun and interaction with people whilst they’re doing it. This game may not be suitable for all pups.
Bake some homemade treats or buy some and hide them around the house. Your dog should be able to smell them and know they are around but if you are good at hiding them, it’ll keep your dog busy for a good while trying to track them down.
Your canine might lose interest after a while so just shuffle the ones they haven’t found yet into different locations. Behind doors, under furniture, on the stairs, it all depends on where your dog is allowed to go in the house but you can get creative and even hide them in toys.
Is a fantastic game for dogs. It’s when you hide a treat underneath one of three cups and shuffle them around allowing your dog to choose one. If correct they receive the treat.
After a while, after positive reinforcement they will actually learn the rules of the game, and realize that if they choose incorrectly they won’t receive a treat. It’ll keep them busy as dogs love nothing more than tasty snacks.
A classic game for dogs, and there are plenty of strong dog toys that you can choose from to play this game with. If you have a large dog, like a strong Rottweiler or Doberman then this game might be a fun challenge for you too.
Dogs absolutely love playing tug of war with their doggy friends and their owners and it keeps the endlessly entertained, no doubt a way to get them worn out ready for a nice nap.
Take your dog upstairs or in a room away from where you plan to hide and tell them to “sit” or “stay” and then go hide somewhere in the house. It’s better to start off easy so that they get used to playing this new game. Once you are hidden, command them to come to you and see them beam with excitement once they have found you.
To keep their attention and engaged with this game, make sure to have some treats on you so that you can reward your pet when they find you.
Invite your friends and family around for supper and ask them to bring their doggies along with them, it gives your dog a great opportunity to socialize with other dogs and to make friends as they are probably bored inside on this rainy day too. You can also always find another doggy to borrow to play with your pup.
You can even incorporate the games and activities suggested on this article to have multiple players and make it into a party for dogs with treats, attention and toys for everyone!
Thanks to Carl Mclean, a dog owner, wildlife enthusiast and blogger who contributed this post and who’s other works can be found on AnimalMentor.com