Activities For Small Dogs When Home Alone

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Introduction

Sometimes a pup just needs to be alone whether they want to or not. It is a sad truth that we can't always be with our furry friends (someone has to go to work all day…) but that doesn't meant that we can't set them up for a great day at home. With specific activities that your small dog can play alone, you will rest assured that your pup is having fun while you are away. Of course, your dog will still be ecstatic when you come home but these fun games will keep them busy until that moment comes. 

Solo Fetch

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Any Day
Free
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30 min
Items needed
Cardboard
Ball
Activity description

While playing fetch may seem like a game that needs at least one human and one dog, your small dog can actually learn to play by themselves. Many small dogs are also dogs that are full of energy so playing fetch all day while home alone sounds like a perfect way to help them get much needed stimulation and exercise. So how does a dog play fetch by themselves? Easy! All you need is your pup's favorite ball (one that they can easily pick up in their mouth is ideal) and a cardboard box. Solo fetch is ready to go!

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Make a ramp
Cut a sturdy cardboard box into a long strip then lean the cardboard against your couch. This box will be the ramp for your dog to roll the ball down. Make sure the top of the ramp is at a place where your dog can easily get to. If your small pup has no problem jumping onto the couch, the top of the ramp can be on the couch with the bottom on the floor. Make pillow stairs to climb up to the top of the ramp if it is too high for your small pooch
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Training
Teach your dog to place the ball at the top of the ramp and watch it roll down. Reward your pup with treats every time they put the ball at the top of the ramp. As it rolls away, encourage your dog to go fetch the ball and bring it back to the top of the ramp. Look, they are playing fetch alone!
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Ready to play
Set the fetch ramp up as you leave the house for the day. Set your dog's favorite balls at the top and start off the game before you leave (a few extra treats are always welcomed to get your dog in the mood to play!). Enjoy knowing that your dog is at home playing fetch while you are away! Bye, bye lazy pooch!
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Food Maze

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Any Day
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Normal
20 min
Items needed
Food Maze Puzzle
Dog Treats
Activity description

Tossing your dog a treat on your way out the door is nice but it doesn't last long. Give your small pup a challenge that will last more than a second by setting them up with a food maze. A food maze toy has spaces where you can hide your dog's favorite treats and your dog must figure out the puzzle in order to get to the treat. These games are stimulating and can keep a small dog busy for hours! There are also different levels of difficulty so you can begin with an easy food maze and make it harder as your dog learns the game. 

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Maze search
Find the perfect food maze toy for your dog. While there are plenty available in pet stores and online to purchase, you can also easily make your own. An upside down muffin tin with treats sprinkled between the bumps is a perfect beginner maze.
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Hide the treats
Place your dog's favorite treat inside the maze. Have your dog watch you as you hide the treats so that they know this new toy is full of tasty snacks. Once all of the treats are hidden, let your dog sniff the puzzle as you hold it, getting them even more excited to play
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Have fun, pup!
Place the food maze on the ground for your pup, give them a good pat and leave them alone. Your dog will work to figure out the puzzle and get to those precious treats! Paws, noses and doggy tongues all come in to play and your small pup is sure to have a good time!
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Treat Cups

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Any Day
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Easy
15 min
Items needed
Plastic Cups
Dog Treats
Activity description

This game will encourage your dog to use their keen sense of smell along with the ability to problem solve. With a few simple plastic cups and your dogs favorite treat, you can create a game that will last a few minutes to one that could take your dog hours - it's completely up to you! It is a perfect activity to set up on your way out of the house as it does not require any supervision - your dog will be fine on their own! This is also a game that your small dog will never tire of playing - no dog ever gets tired of eating treats!

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Cup Choice
Grab a few plastic cups that are heavy enough to slide around a little as your dog plays with them but not to weighty that your small dog has a difficult time moving the cup. You want the game to be a challenge but not a total frustration for your dog. As well, a dog-safe, unbreakable plastic cup is a must, so that your pup cannot chew the cup.
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Hide the treats
Place a few of your dogs favorite treats under the cups. You can choose to put a treat under every cup so that your dog is rewarded with each flip or you can hide treats under one or two cups so that your pup has to sniff out where the treats are hidden.
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Show and go
Put the cups on the floor upside down so that the treats are hidden underneath (a flat, hard floor works best so that the cups will slide and be tricky for your dog to flip over). Show your dog that there are treats in the cups and then head out for the day, leaving your small dog to sniff and strategically flip each cup looking for a prize!
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More Fun Ideas...

Music

Put soothing music on the radio for your dog while you are gone. Music will make your small pup feel as if they are not alone and help them stay cheerful while you are gone - what is your dog's favorite music genre?

Kong Toy

Fill a Kong or similar rubber hollow toy with peanut butter and let your dog lick away. Trying to get all that peanut butter out from inside a Kong can take a dog hours. Freeze the treat filled toy for even longer fun!

Conclusion

Being home alone can be fun for a small dog and you can help create that fun environment very easily. It doesn't take a lot of time or money to set up any of these activities and all of them will benefit your dog. So grab some cardboard to make a fun fetch ramp, get a food maze toy or just turn the radio on and leave the house knowing your dog is well taken care of.