Fun and Creative Ways to Keep Your Dog Active Indoors

Exercising your dog outdoors is fun and rewarding physically for both you and your dog. However, when the fall and winter seasons arrive, you may find it difficult to keep on making your dog exercise outside since the mornings and afternoons are always dark, and for the rest of the day, the weather remains wet and cold. Going outside would simply be too difficult, making it harder for you to take your dog walking. Luckily, there are ways for you to keep your doggie pal happy and energetic even if he or she remains inside the house. Listed below are easy indoor exercises for your dogs which you can do whenever you want to.

•    iFetch. This cool product is the dog version of an automatic tennis ball launcher. What it does is that it throws the ball for your dog to fetch automatically. After your dog has retrieved the ball, either you can put the ball back on the opening of the iFetch for another fetching round, or for a more fun trick, you can let him put the ball back on the opening himself. Your dog will quite possibly figure this out on his own eventually anyway, so there is no need for you to stress yourself out by physically throwing the ball like what you would usually do outside.

•    Hide and Seek. Another one of the easy indoor exercises for your dogs is the common child’s game of Hide and Seek. Same rules apply, and the only difference is that you would be playing with your dog instead of a human. To do this, put your dog in a stay as you begin to run and hide. Once you have hidden, call your dog to you. This would make your dog find you in every nook and cranny of your home. This exercise can also help in developing the recollection skills of your dog by having more than two people participate in your game.

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•    Indoor Agility. What could be more fun than setting up an obstacle course for your dog inside your home using stuff that you have and letting your dog play in it? You can create an agility course inside your house with the use of everyday furniture such as broom poles for jumps, chairs, mats for makeshift pause tables, blankets over the space between the coffee table and the couch for a tunnel, and boxes for weave poles.

•    Treadmill. If you happen to already own a treadmill or you feel the need to buy one, you can use it to get your dog to exercise without having to go outdoors. In fact, there are even treadmills that are made specifically for dogs. However, before you buy a treadmill for your dog, ask your veterinarian first if your dog is actually capable of running on a treadmill like any person would.

•    Give your dog a task. This is one of the rewarding and easy indoor exercises for your dogs. Teaching your dog to perform everyday tasks such as putting clothes in the laundry basket or putting away his own toys is like hitting two birds with one stone. Not only are you helping your dog maintain his health, but you are also giving yourself much more convenience by having your dog do the job of cleaning instead of you.