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10 Indoor Activities to Keep your Dog from Being Bored at Home

Whether it's rainy days, winter, or you don't have the space outside for your dog to run around and explore, there are plenty of reasons why your furry friend might be stuck inside more often than you (or they!) would like.

But just because they're cooped up doesn't mean they have to be bored. In fact, there are all sorts of fun indoor activities you can do with your dog to help them stay stimulated, happy, and healthy.

We'll look at the top ten indoor activities to keep your four-legged couch potato from being bored at home:

1. Go for a walk… indoors!

Just because you can't go outside doesn't mean you can't explore. Take your dog on a leash around your neighbourhood or apartment complex. They'll love the chance to sniff new smells and check out the sights, even if it is just from a different perspective. Be sure to change the routine often, so they don't get too bored. Perhaps you can take a different route each day - it would be like a whole new adventure for them!

2. Set up an indoor agility course.

Agility training is an effective way to bond with your dog while giving them some much-needed exercise. Using common household items like chairs, hula hoops, and blankets, you can easily set up a small course in your living room or basement. With some creativity and resourcefulness, you don't need a large space or expensive equipment to get started.

3. Do some short training sessions.

Short training sessions make sense to keep their brain active, whether you're teaching your dog basic obedience commands or working on some more advanced tricks. Not to mention, it's a perfect opportunity for you to bond with your furry friend.

4. Invest in interactive toys.

From puzzle toys to treat dispensers, all sorts of interactive toys will keep your dog entertained for hours. Puzzles are especially beneficial as they help to keep your dog's mind active and engaged. These toys are great for mental stimulation and can help curb destructive behaviours caused by boredom.

5. Go on a scavenger hunt.

It's a fun activity you can do with your dog no matter what time of year. You have the option to make it as easy or difficult as you like, depending on your dog's age, breed, and abilities. The thing with scavenger hunts is that you can make them as simple or complex as you want. Hide some toys or their favourite treats around the house and let your dog use their nose to find them. There are no rules - so long as you and your dog have fun, that's all that matters.

6. Let your dog see the outside through a window.

For some dogs, even just being able to see what's going on outside can be enough to help them feel less bored. If your pooch happens to be one of those that get excited by watching the world go by, make sure they have a comfy spot near a window where they can do just that. There's even an option of setting up a bird feeder outside the window to give them something extra to watch.

7. Assign your dog a "job."

Many dogs love to feel useful and appreciated, so giving them a "job" to do is an excellent way to keep their minds occupied. Whether fetching your slippers or bringing you the newspaper, most dogs are happy to help around the house. Not only will it give them a sense of purpose, but it will also help burn off some excess energy.

8. Build a sandbox.

This one's another sensible activity for dogs that love to dig. You only need a small plastic sandbox (available at most hardware stores) and some sand or dirt. Once you've filled the sandbox, bury some toys or treats and let your dog have at it. They'll love digging through the sand to find their hidden treasures. Keep an eye on them, so they don't make too big of a mess.

9. Have an indoor picnic.

Spread out a blanket in your living room or on the floor and have a picnic lunch or dinner with your dog. Include some of their favourite foods and treats and let them enjoy the experience of eating "outside." It's an exciting way to change up your dog's routine and give them something new to look forward to.

10. Invite some pooch friends over.

If your dog is social, inviting some of their canine friends over for a playdate is a great way to keep them entertained. Dogs love company, so this will surely be a hit with your furry friend. See to it that you have everything you need on hand - like water bowls, toys, and treats - to ensure everyone has a good time.

Dogs and humans have so many things in common than you realize - easily getting bored is one of them. The next time you find yourself and your furry buddy feeling restless, try one of these boredom-busting indoor activities. Don't let the gloomy weather or the lack of outdoor area get you down – you've got a handful of fun things you can do at home. You might just have as much fun as your dog does.


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