If your dog is suffering from elbow dysplasia, then they may not be able to play conventional games like fetch; however, all canines yearn to play. You should focus on fun, low physical impact games that work your dog's mind more than the body. Nose work is a great way to encourage your furry friend to move around indoors without overdoing it. Hide a few select tasty treats in a room and encourage your dog to find the food delicacies. If you do not want to use food as an incentive, you can hide a favorite toy and then tell your dog to find the beloved stuffie or ball. Remember that the motive to this activity is to make your dog enjoy a sense of play while stimulating the mind.
You do not need a pool to enjoy this activity. Simply run a warm bath for your dog. Sit in the bathtub with your pooch and gently massage the dog's entire body. Everyone enjoys a warm and relaxing bath, and most dogs will also relish the experience with adequate practice. Remember to not push the situation. If your canine is not comfortable in a bathtub full of water then only fill it partially full. You can always add water as your dog relaxes and starts to enjoy the experience. Some people add veterinary approved essential oils that they feel help a dog's joints, to the bath water.