Tips for keeping your dog busy this winter!

IS YOUR DOG BORED?

When it’s raining cats and dogs, chances are your pooch gets a little stir crazy without the option of a long walk or play at the park. Noticing your pet is bored is the first step in bringing fun back into their day.

Signs your dog is bored

  • Destructive behaviour and breaking the rules
  • Looking mopey or following you around all day
  • Repetitive behaviour like chasing the tail
  • Barking and whining

Top Tips for entertaining your dog this winter

Here are 8 fun indoor activities that will help you and your pooch beat the wintertime blues, burn off some energy and keep out of trouble!

Tip 1: Who doesn't love a good puzzle? Pet puzzles contain various shapes and compartments that hide treats or kibble pieces inside. They are a great option to provide your dog with mental stimulation as they figure out the best and fastest way to get to the treat.

Tip 2: When the skies are grey and rainy it’s the perfect time to call some pup-pals and surprise your doggie with a visit from one of his friends. Play dates are great for letting dogs release pent-up energy!

Tip 3: Kongs are fantastic toys for relieving dog boredom. Kongs are non-toxic, indestructible, dishwasher safe and come in various sizes. Try stuffing a Kong toy with your pup's favourite treats or for extra long-lasting fun try freezing some peanut butter or broth inside!

Tip 4: Utilize all areas of your home! If you have a staircase, grab one of your dog’s favourite soft toys and use it as the indoor ball. Soft toys are much safer on the furniture and windows. Throw the toy of choice up the stairs for your dog to retrieve and return to you at the bottom of the steps. 

Tip 5: Why not try a fun game of hall ball! Like fetch, take a ball and roll it down a long hallway or try the PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher instead. Your dog will go racing after the ball!

Tip 6: An in-home obstacle course is a fun way for your dog to play inside. You can build jumps out of couch cushions and create a tunnel by hanging a blanket over the couch and coffee table. While your pup may not be the next champion, it definitely keeps them busy, thinking and strengthens your relationship!

Tip 7: How smart is your pup? There are plenty of ways to test your dog’s IQ at home.  You can test your dog’s skills with everyday items and some high-value treats. Even if your doggie isn’t the world’s greatest problem solver, it’s great mental exercise.

Tip 8: Rainy days are pawesome for practising tricks your dog already knows and teaching some new ones too! Why not try teaching your pup to put their toys away. If your dog already knows “drop it” have them pick up a toy and give them their drop it command once they’re standing over the designated toy area or box. Give heaps of praise, reward with treats and then repeat. Soon your pup will be a clean up master!