All dogs love a game of tug of war; it's a way of interacting with them on a whole new level. This game is easy to set up and can be done anywhere in the house, as long as there is a bit of room with no breakable items. If you don't have a piece of rope or a purchased tug toy, you can get creative and make your own as long as it is sturdy. Dogs can get bored inside on a rainy day as they can't get outside and let off steam. Unless you provide a bit of indoor activity, you are going to have one mischievous dog on your hands. There is an old saying that goes something like this: 'Idle hands are the devil's tools'. Well, that goes for idle paws as well! They will be into everything, from destroying your children's toys to pulling out the fringe on your new designer rug. Avoid 'pawssible’ disaster and challenge your dog to a game of tug of war.
This exercise is brilliant for a rainy day dog, it will burn off that pent up energy. If you join in as well, you will both get fit. The game consists of running or walking up and down the stairs several times. Make it interesting for your dog with little treat 'finds' at the top or bottom. Or they could go up the stairs, select a toy and bring it down. This game is best suited for dogs over a year old, as steps can cause injury to the bones of a growing puppy. Dull, cold or rainy days can dampen the will to go out for a walk, or torrential rain will certainly wash away your motivation! If you have a set of stairs, then what more do you need? The game is a no brainer to set up, and is a great exercise to get the heart rate pumping and to exercise those muscles. It doesn't have to be done at top speed, older dogs can walk up and down and still get valuable exercise.
Are you sick of picking up after everyone? Are you grumpy when you are left with all the cleaning up? Well, here is the answer. Dogs love to help, they enjoy being busy. So how about you train your dog how to help you clean up? You may even find it fun, your dog certainly will. Start teaching them with a pile of toys that they have to pick up and drop into a basket. Use a distinctive 'special' container so that as soon as you get it out, they know its clean up time. This activity gives a dog a chance to help and to be involved in a family activity, and we all know how they just LOVE to do those things! This activity can be repeated during the day, whenever you need a hand to tidy up. If you have children, it is a sneaky fun way of teaching them to clean up as well. They see how much fun the dog is having and naturally want to join in!