Hide and seek is a great way to keep your pup busy and can be played inside or outside. If your pup understands (and follows) the command to "stay", let them know to "stay" and head for your hiding place. Start simply so that your pup can get the hang of the game. If your pup does not do well with the command "stay" have a friend hang on to their collar while you hide. Once you have hidden, call out for your pup. When they find you, provide plenty of praise and a yummy treat. Hide and seek can be played over and over; for added difficulty, have one or more people hide along with you, asking your pup to find everyone.
A great way to keep a destructive dog from being destructive is not only to keep them busy but to keep them active until they are tired. Visiting a dog park will definitely help wear out your pooch! Your dog can run around on their own or engage in activities with new canine friends. A particular benefit of the dog park is that even if you are not feeling very active, your pup can still get plenty of activity. Bring some treats to reward your pup for good behavior as well as distract them when necessary. A ball or frisbee can also be fun to have along so you and your pup can play fetch. Make sure to bring plenty of water so your pup can stay hydrated!