5 ways to exercise your dog indoors
As we are now weeks into social distancing, most of us are looking into ways to stay fit at home. But we should keep in mind that we humans aren’t the only ones who need exercise. Keeping your dog physically and mentally fit will save him from getting bored and letting out energy in destructive ways like excessive barking, chewing, or digging. If you normally take your dog out on long walks, you might be confused on ways to keep your pup stimulated while you’re stuck indoors.
Here are 5 ways that you can try to keep your pup’s exercise routine flowing indoors:
- Build an indoor obstacle/agility course: Setting up an obstacle course for your pup to solve is a great way to challenge him. You can use things like cushions, blankets, chairs etc. that can easily be found around your house. Reward your dog with a treat to encourage him during the course.
- Engage in Tug of War and Fetch: If you have a less restricted space in your house, these can really help keep your dog active. Start by throwing his favourite toy or ball and race with him to get it instead of just watching him chase for it.
- Make your pup work for treats: Take some of your pup’s favourite treats and hide them around the house – behind doors, under tables, underneath rugs, etc. Your pup will get busy tracking down his treats which will physically tire him out in the process. Our treat puzzle toys from Kong & Beco are another great way to keep them busy.
- Teach them new tricks: Go through your pet's training routine and try revisiting tricks they haven't done in a while. You can also train them with some new tricks while you’re stuck at home.
- Run your dog in the hallway/use stairs: If you don’t have access to an outdoor area, try using the stairs or a long hallway to exercise your pooch. This can be an additional challenge to your pup’s workout, as well as engage different muscles than those used on a regular walk.