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Summer "walking the dog at home" guide
Summer is here, and with it comes frequent bouts of heavy rain and scorching heat. Our furry friends, the dogs, are unable to enjoy their usual outdoor activities and are stuck at home feeling bored. As pet owners, it's our responsibility to ensure they stay active and happy even while inside the house. So, let's take a look at some ways we can keep our dogs entertained and active while staying indoors.
1. Play Hide-and-Seek:
Dogs love to play hide-and-seek, and it's a great way to keep them active indoors. Start by hiding a treat or toy in a room and encourage your dog to find it. Once they get the hang of it, you can make it more challenging by hiding the object in different rooms or under furniture.
2. Teach New Tricks:
Use this time to teach your dog some new tricks like "rollover" or "shake hands." Not only will it keep them mentally stimulated, but it's also a great way to strengthen your bond with your pet.
3. Indoor Fetch:
You don't need a big yard to play fetch with your dog. Clear out some space in your living room or hallway and play fetch with a soft toy or ball. Just be sure to move any breakable items out of the way first!
4. Tug of War:
Dogs love to play tug of war, and it's a great way to burn off some energy. Use a rope toy and play with your dog for a few minutes each day.
5. Agility Course:
Set up a mini agility course in your living room using household items like pillows, boxes, and blankets. Encourage your dog to jump over the boxes, crawl under the blankets, and weave through the pillows.
6. Puzzle Toys:
Puzzle toys are a great way to keep your dog mentally stimulated while also providing them with a challenge. Fill a Kong toy with peanut butter or freeze some treats in an ice cube tray for your dog to work on.
Remember, just because your dog is stuck inside doesn't mean they have to be bored or inactive. By incorporating these activities into your daily routine, you can keep your furry friend happy, healthy, and entertained all summer long!