Indoor Activities for You and Your Dog

Bonding With Your Dog When You Can't Go Outside

Don't you just hate it when bad weather spoils your day? Rainy days, snowstorms or extremes in temperature can ruin your plans to go outside with your dog and play fetch, run in the park or just spend time together outdoors. To make matters worse, your dog can become restless or bored and begin to act out for attention. Fortunately, there are some indoor activities that can strengthen the bond between you and your dog, stimulate your dog's mind and sometimes even provide some light exerci...MOREse. It might take some creativity, but the end result will make it worth your time.

  • 01 of 05
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    You only need a little bit of open space to play a game of tug-of-war indoors. This activity provides a fair amount of exercise for both you and your dog, especially if you both really get into it. Before playing tug-of-war indoors, make sure there are no dangerous or breakable items in the vicinity and allow several feet of open space around the play area. It is also important that your dog has been trained to understand a release command. Then, you're all set to enjoy a few fun tug games...MORE (or other games).

  • 02 of 05
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    Anytime is a good time to run through training sessions, but if you are stuck indoors it's the perfect opportunity to work on basic commands or even more advanced ones that don't take up a lot of space. Even if your dog knows the commands backwards and forwards, a training session is still exciting and fun for your dog. You can also look up fun tricks to teach your dog, like balancing a treat on the nose or learning the names of toys and sending him to get them. The possibilities are...MORE endless.

  • 03 of 05

    Enjoy Interactive Games and Toys

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    Interactive toys are a great way to sharpen your pets mind and reward him at the same time. These toys usually involve hidden treats in an object. It requires some skill to get to the food, so your dog needs to figure out how the toy works to get to the goodies. Products like Kong and Everlasting Treat Balls can be stuffed with treats or soft food. With both of these, your dog will need to lick, chew and even throw the toy to get the food out. Also, Nina Ottosson Games like the Dog Tornado are...MORE unique puzzle games that contain compartments for food. Your dog needs to explore the toy to find the treats. Interactive toys can provide hours of entertainment for both you and your dog.

  • 04 of 05
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    Dog grooming is one of your dog's basic needs and an important part of dog ownership. In order to make grooming a positive experience, ease your dog into it and offer plenty of rewards. Some dogs really enjoy certain aspects of grooming - specifically being brushed. If your dog is a shedder, then some basic grooming with a tool like the FURminator can really help cut down on the excess hair in your home. When done in a gentle manner, grooming be a soothing and enjoyable bonding experience...MORE for you and your dog.

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  • 05 of 05

    Watch Movies For Dogs

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    Yes, that's right. There are movies and TV programs designed especially for dogs. Dogs do not see television the way we do, but there are some dogs that seem to recognize the movement on the screen and become very excited. Many dogs will not respond at all to images on the screen. The sounds coming from the TV can be heard by most dogs and might interest your dog. It might be worth a try to see if your dog enjoys watching. The following are some examples of movies and TV for dogs: