Top Indoor Dog Games to Play with Your Pup

Are you looking for some indoor dog games to play with your pup?  Lucky for you, we know exactly what you can do to keep your dog entertained.

Of course, we completely understand that keeping your dog busy can be challenging. Dogs are intelligent animals that tend to get bored fast, so keeping up with them can be exhausting.

However, we have put together a list of indoor dog games to play with your pup to ensure that neither of you gets bored.

1. Find the Treats

One of the easiest ways to tire out your dog is to indulge in nose work games. The trick is to teach your dog some games in which it can use its nose, such as “find the treats.” This helps tire your dog out mentally while they sharpen their natural skills.

All you have to do is grab some treats and hide them in different parts of the room. Make sure that your dog is watching you do this. Once done, tell your dog to find the treats and verbally encourage it each time it finds a treat. Remember, praise is super important in this activity. Once your dog gains confidence and understands the game, you can hide the treats in more challenging places. Get it to stay in another room while you prepare for round two.

2. Play the Shell

Dogs love solving problems which is why the shell game is perfect for playing with your dog. All you have to do is allow your dog to watch you while you hide a treat under one of three cups. Then shuffle the cups around and motivate your dog to find the treat.

The Play the Shell game is a great way to provide mental stimulation as your dog works on its problem-solving skills. Any game that sharpens your dog’s senses is highly encouraged.

3. Toy Clean Up

If you usually keep your dog’s toys neatly tucked away in a container, you can teach it how to put them back so that you don’t have to. A well-trained dog is always a treat to play with. Don’t worry; you are not being cruel by teaching your dog how to clean up after itself. In fact, this activity can be quite fun! The more skills you teach your dog, the more confident it will grow up to be. Moreover, new games and activities provide a way for mental stimulation.

If you have already taught your dog the “drop it” command, teach them how to pick up a toy. Make them walk over to the toy container and then say, “drop it.” Once they successfully complete the task, praise them so that they feel proud of themselves. As you continue to practice this activity with your dog with more toys each time, soon, it will learn how to keep its play area clean.

4. Stuffed Kong

When it comes to dealing with dog boredom, Stuffed Kong’s work wonders because they are so easy to deal with. All you have to do is stuff a Kong with your dog’s favorite treat. Simply freeze some jam or peanut butter or broth inside, or put any other treats inside. This is also a great tactic to help your dog consume some healthy food.

A Stuffed Kong is also a great way to keep your dog busy when you are at work. All you have to do is keep the Kong in the freezer overnight. Before you leave for work, make sure to give it to your dog. Most dogs will take more than 30 minutes to finish a Kong. If you fill the Kong up completely, your dog will take longer to consume it.

Look for classic Kong’s as these are indestructible, non-toxic, and dishwasher safe. The best part is that they are super easy to clean.

5. Tug of War

Tug of War is one of the best indoor dog games to keep your pup occupied. Not only is it physically engaging, but it is also mentally stimulating for your dog. Moreover, it is a perfect sport to play in a small space.

Some people believe that tug of war makes dogs aggressive. However, this is far from the truth. Letting your dog win will not make them feel dominant. Instead, they will enjoy the game more, and this will encourage them to try harder at the game. Studies show that dogs that play tug of war with their owners are more confident and obedient.

However, when playing, make sure to draw some boundaries with your dog. For example, if your dog’s teeth touch your hand, discontinue the game and make sure to scold your dog.

6. Help with Chores

To keep a dog busy, all you have to do is give them something to do. This can be in the form of a complicated game or simply giving your dog some tasks to do, like fetching your slippers. You can also teach your dog the names of things that you often use so that it can fetch them for you whenever you need them.

If you really want to challenge your dog, teach it to fetch your favorite food from the fridge. While teaching your dog this skill, tie a towel around the handle of your fridge so that it is easy for your dog to open. Once you do this, all you have to teach your dog is how to not eat your favorite food item.

Now that you know which games to play with your dog, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get busy!

by Maria A Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

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  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
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  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
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