Activities For Dogs In The House

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Introduction

What do you do on those days when the weather outside is not fit for man or beast...or at least not for you or your dog? There are lots of fun activities you can do with your furry friend that don't require you to be outside. The two of you can have fun together right there in your house. It's good for your dog because it keeps him active and his mind thinking and it's good for you because it also keepsĀ  you active, engaged, and off the couch. Best yet, these are great bonding experiences for both of you. It's no fun just sitting around, so get up and get busy with your dog.

Fishing Fun

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Any Day
Free
Easy
45 Minutes
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A Favorite Toy
A straight stick
Activity description
This is a fun, nonsensical activity that both you and Fido will enjoy. You're fishing for your dog, using one of their toys as bait. This is an easy game to play indoors in a spacious room or down a hallway. You can play for just a few minutes or while away hours with this fun indoor activity perfect for cold, rainy days. Turn a gray day sunny. Make this a happy play time with your pup and lavish them with lots of praise. They'll turn out to be your best fishing buddy.
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Gather your equipment
Choose the stick you're going to use and tie a string about seven feet long to the end of it. That will give you enough room to have plenty of play in the line and to whip the toy around but hopefully not so much you'll get it tangled up. Use a piece of twine sturdy enough to withstand your dog's tugging.
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Choose your bait
Pick a toy that your dog really likes, one that always gets their attention. Tie it on to the line and show it to your dog. Use the stick to wiggle and pull the toy enticingly. Be sure to use a toy that your dog is attracted to, whether it is of stuffed fabric or a favorite squeaky toy.
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Make it fun
Drag the toy around the house, moving quickly and letting your dog chase you and the prey. You can make it more difficult by pulling the toy over couches, under tables, and other places that will be a bit challenging for your pet. You can lift the toy off the ground occasionally if you want your dog to do some jumping. When he catches the bait, a little bit of tug-of-war may ensue. You can either go ahead with it or use this as a good time to teach the 'drop it' command.
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The Doggie Shell Game

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
45 Minutes
Items needed
Yummy Treats
Three Paper Cups
Activity description
This intriguing game will help develop your dog's problem solving skills and it's so simple. Choose a treat your dog loves as this will add to the interest they have for the game. You are going to let your dog use both of their senses of sight and scent in this game. It's quiet, not rowdy, and is great for relaxing moments and quiet evenings..When your dog gets good at this game you could probably use it to win some bets of your own because people won't believe how smart your dog is. Teach them the game and then let them show off.
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Prepare the cups
Paper or plastic cups (but not clear plastic, so that they cannot see the treat) work great for this activity. The first few times you may want to cut small holes in the cups so the smell of the treat escapes better. The treats you choose should be small and you may want to choose ones like liver or bacon when teaching this game. Those treats have a stronger odor than some of the others.
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Have your dog watch closely
Line the cups in a row in front of your dog on the floor. Make sure your dog is watching as you place one of his favorite treats under a cup. Now use both hands and shuffle the cups around in order to disguise which cup has the treat, placing them back in random order. It's fun to see how your dog handles the challenge.
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Ready! Set! Go!
Tell your dog to find the treat. Whether they hit the cup with their paw or nudge it with their nose, your dog is a real winner. Not only does your pal get to eat the treat but they will know that they have made you happy as well. They know because you showed them how pleased you were with happy words of praise and lots of pats.
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Doggie Tag

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Any Day
Free
Easy
45 Minutes
Items needed
A Partner
Small Treats
Activity description
This is a game for two people and a dog. This is a good way to reinforce a dependable recall and deepen the bond between fur baby and pet parent. It's fun and burns up your dog's energy. It sharpens their sense of hearing, makes them work for their treat, and gives them a sense of accomplishment when they successfully meet their goal. Your dog will love this game and so will you. It's a great game to play when it's raining or snowing outside and can even be played by more people if you wish to add other humans to the team.
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Take Your places
You and your partner both need to arm yourself with a pocketful of treats. One of you stands on one side of the room and the other takes the opposite side. Start out not too far apart so your dog won't find it difficult to find you. They may not understand at the beginning of the game that their willingness to play will pay off with a nice reward.
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Call your dog
Call your dog to you and when they come, give them a treat and lots of loving. Then your partner calls the dog and rewards them as well. Now it's your turn again and so on, so forth. The back and forth play makes this game fun for humans and dogs alike.
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Make it more challenging
You and your partner can make it harder by moving farther apart. Even have one go into the other room and call the dog to come and get his prize.You might try having one of you go upstairs and calling the dog. This game is sure to tire your dog out and make them sleep like a baby.
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More Fun Ideas...

Pick the Hand Game

Take a piece of kibble or a treat and put it in one of your hands. Make a fist with both hands and hold them in front of your dog and have them pick which hand the treat is in. If they try to mouth you or scratch at you, it's a good time to reinforce some manners.

Hide and Seek

Have your dog stay, or have someone distract them, while you go hide in a closet or behind a piece of furniture. Call your dog and see how fast they can find you. Of course, a tasty treat is a great reward.

Conclusion

Rain, shine, sleet, or snow, these games are a great way to spend time with your dog. Not only does it keep the canine's mind sharp and working, it's a fun way to deepen the bond between the two of you. Don't let the weather turn you...and your dog...into couch potatoes. Go ahead, have some tail wagging fun!