Activities For Quiet Dogs

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Introduction

Quiet or shy dogs can be an owners dream come true. The pup is there to cuddle you and give affection but they do not bark constantly - sounds like a great pup! However, a quiet dog may also be shy or anxious so you need to make sure they are comfortable at home. This means providing lots of activities for them that suit their personality. Quiet dogs will probably like quieter activities so turn that radio down, make sure there are no thunderstorms brewing and set your dog up with one of these fun activities!

Chew Toys and Bones

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Blanket
Bones
Dog Bed
Chew Toy
Activity description

A quiet dog may be perfectly content to chew on a toy or bone by themselves for hours. Just like people, dogs enjoy a little alone time, especially a dog who is shy or quiet in the first place. Get your pup a nice toy that they will enjoy chewing on. You can also opt for a bone to give to your pup; however, chew toys may last a little longer. Give your pup some space and let them enjoy chewing on their own! Again, just like humans, they will come back revitalized and more at peace with their pup self!

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Toy decisions
Decide what kind of toy or bone is best for your dog. Does your pooch prefer to chew on harder objects or soft rubber toys? Do you want to get a bone that will only last a day or invest in a toy that could last for a few months (or even forever). Head to the store and pick one out!
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Zen space
Set up a serene area for your nice quiet pup to chew in. A soft doggy bed or your pup's favorite blanket will be perfect. Lay out the space for your dog and show them that you have created an area just for dogs only. Let them sniff and push the blankets around to get comfy,
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Pup relaxation time
Give your dog the chew toy or bone in their own personal space. Once your dog knows that they toy is for them and they start chewing away, let them be. Be happy that your dog is quietly enjoying their toy while you can go about your day. Quiet pups can be so great!
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Music Time

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Any Day
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Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Stereo
Song Playlist
Activity description

Studies have shown that music can calm dogs just as it can calm people. Why not put on some relaxing tunes for your pup? Quiet dogs will especially enjoy nice, soft music which will put their nerve at ease and also fit their mellow personality. While it can be fun to put together a soothing playlist for your pup, you can also find pre-made playlists that have been tested on quiet dogs. There are some play lists that have even been proven to calm shelter dogs - sounds like it must be a relaxing mix! So put on some music and you can relax along with your pup.

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Sound system
Find a sound system that will work for you and your dog. If you intend on leaving the music on all day, then good quality speakers may be a decent investment. If you want the music to end at a certain time, find a system with an automatic timer.
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Playlist
Decide what music you think your pup will like. Classical and piano music has been shown to be the most relaxing in humans and dogs alike. Do some research and find what songs have been tested and proven to suit a quiet dog. You can also opt for a pre made doggy playlist (there are many!)
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Time to jam
Put the music on and watch as your dog drifts off to sleep or calmly lounges on their doggy bed. If you turn the music on and find your dog has an adverse reaction, try something else. Maybe your dog is more into country music than classical! Everyone, even pups, have different tastes!
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The Name Game

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Quiet, shy dogs may get anxious when people try to talk to them. They may run away and hide when spoken to or start shaking when they hear their name. If this sounds like your pup, then this game is perfect for you! Basically, the name game involves training your pup to get excited when they hear their name. You'll need lots of treats and also a lot of patience for this game but it is not only fun but also beneficial for your dog in the long run. Even if you dog isn't overly shy and just a little quiet, getting them energized can be a good thing! Grab your dog's favorite snack and start playing!

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Schedule the game
Pick a time of day to play the name game when your dog is usually relaxed. If your pup is happiest in the morning, opt to start playing in the morning - the less stress the better! Load your pockets with your dog's favorite treat and get ready to play the name game.
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Say the name
Look your dog in the eye (or in the general direction of your dog) and say their name. If they turn to look at you, reward them with a treat. When you are first starting to play this game, don't get too animated when your dog responds to their name as quiet dogs can get nervous around too much energy. So when your dog responds to their name, simple give a gentle "good pup" followed by a treat at first.
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Play all day
Continue playing either in sessions or just throughout the day. Anytime you say your dog's name and they react, treat time! The idea is to get your pup excited and relaxed when they hear their name rather than shy away. Once your dog is comfortable with you playing the name game, have a friend try too - everyone can play!
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More Fun Ideas...

Walks

Just because your dog is quiet does not mean that they don't enjoy walks. In fact, a shy dog may really benefit from getting out more and away from an environment they are accustomed to.

Doggy Massage

A quiet dog may really enjoy a nice rub down. No need to talk or get your pup worked up, a calm, full body massage will just feel great!

Conclusion

A quiet dog does not mean that the dog does not want to play. In fact, a quiet dog will greatly benefit from being active or participating in daily games. You do not have to be over the top excited with a quiet pup but they may far prefer a calming presence. So take a cue from your dog and relax, slow down and play one of these fun activities together!