How to have fun with your dog indoors?your dog indoors?
Dogs need to get their daily walk, but there are times when you take your dog there are times when you take your dog out for a short walk to do her business, but then you have to come back home. y
Either because it's cold outside, raining Either because it s cold outside, raining or too dark - it doesn't really matter; the point is that your dog still has energy to burn off. Now, how can she burn it off indoors?
Running up and down the stairs:If you live in an apartment building or in If you live in an apartment building or in
a house with a staircase, a great exercise for your dog will be running up and down for your dog will be running up and down the stairs.
You can chase your dog up and down the You can chase your dog up and down the stairs or get your dog to chase you; either way after a few minutes of running both of you will get pretty tired.
Play fetch:Always a great game to play with your Always a great game to play with your
dog; if you've never played fetch before, here are the rules: grab one of her toys here are the rules: grab one of her toys and throw it. Wait for your dog to run around and look for it. Pet her and give gher a treat when she brings it back to you.
After a couple of times your dog might get a bit bored so you can try and make get a bit bored, so you can try and make things more interesting by tricking your dog: you can pretend you throw her toy g y p y yto one direction, but actually throw it to a different direction or hide it behind your back.
Teach your dog new tricks:This is a great bonding activity for you This is a great bonding activity for you
and your dog and it's also a good mental stimulation Tricks can be orders like "sit" stimulation. Tricks can be orders like sit or "shake hand": all you need to do is show your dog what you want her to do y g yand every time she does it, give her a treat.
It might take some time so if after a few times your dog loses interest you can do times your dog loses interest, you can do something else for a while a then get back to it.
Also, if your dog already masters the Also, if your dog already masters the simple commands, you can move on to more advance ones like "roll over" and "jump".
Play hide and seek with your dog:This is a cool and interesting activity for This is a cool and interesting activity for
you and your dog: Make sure your dog stays foot by giving her a treat or telling stays foot by giving her a treat or telling her to stay and then hide somewhere around your house (in the shower or in y (the closet).
Once you find the perfect hiding place, call your dog and wait for her to find you. Cheer and give her a treat when she does does.
Play-dates with your neighbor's dog:If your apartment can contain two If your apartment can contain two
playing dogs, and your dog gets along with one of the neighbor's dog - you can with one of the neighbor s dog you can ask your neighbor to bring his dog over for a play-date. Your dog will enjoy the p y g j ycompany of another dog and they could play together and have a chance to burn ff l t f i d off lots of energy indoors.
Indoors activities are great and they give you a chance to spend some one on one you a chance to spend some one on one time with your dog, but please remember that indoor activities can't replace your p ydaily dog walking.
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