Indoor Exercise Ideas for Dogs

Posted: Jan 31 2018


Sometimes it is hard to take your dog outside for a walk when it is extremely cold or hot outside or when the number of daylight hours gets shorter. But it is important that your dog gets daily exercise to maintain a healthy body and mind. This is especially true if you have a high-energy dog. Here are some tips on how to tire your dog out indoors.

1. Use the Stairs

Stair climbing is not only a great exercise for humans but also for dogs. The steps act as obstacles and add an additional challenge to a dog’s workout, because they require different muscles worked than those used on a regular walk or run and add an extra level of difficulty with the change in elevation. If you do this with your dog together it will be a great workout for you too.

2. Challenge Your Dog’s Nose

Since dogs have incredibly powerful scenting abilities, nose work is especially mentally stimulating for them. Take some of your dog’s favorite treats and hide them around the house – behind doors, under a pillow, behind a chair, on the arm or back of the sofa, as long as they can get to it without wrecking the room. Your dog will be so busy trying to find the treats that they’ll physically tire out in the process. Nose work is not only a great physical exercise for your dog as they bound from place to place tracking down the prize, it can also develop your dog's focus and confidence.

3. Chew Toys

Chewing is a natural behavior for dogs. Chewing can be a way for dogs to relieve anxiety or boredom. Give your dog chew toys that tailor to their needs. If your dog is a heavy chewer, you might want to get them tough and durable chews such as Mega Chewz. These toys are ideal for gnawing and chewing and are designed to handle high impact. If your dog is a less aggressive chewer, toys such as Chew Shoes and Hush Plush are perfect for them. These toys feature a super squeaker that is especially alluring and pleasantly stimulating.

4. Play Fetch

Sometimes a simple game of fetch is all you need to tire your dog out. Fetch keeps your dog engaged, active, and helps to combat stress. The best part is, fetch can be an indoor sport, played from the comfort of your couch. When playing, make sure you choose the right size ball for your dog. If your dog is not a big chewer, you can use a soft and squishy ball such as Sprong balls. If your dog is prone to chewing, you can use a soft ball but watch them carefully.



5. Tug of War

Tug of war is a great game for burning off energy, and you don’t need a lot of room for it. But you do need to teach your dog to play politely. Playing a game of tug of war with your dog is mentally challenging for your dog, and it is also a great way for you two to bond. If you let your dog win at the game, it can also help build your dog’s confidence. The Zany Bunch dog toys are great tug toys for you to play with your dog and have a great time. Make sure you put the toys away when you are done playing. Tug should be a game you always initiate rather than your dog.

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