5 Things To Do With Your Puppy Indoors

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In current times, it’s difficult to spend time outside with your puppy. You both may be bored at home with nothing to do as you practice social distancing. If so, your puppy may not be too happy about this, and may display unruly behavior to get your attention. You can prevent your puppy’s boredom with […]

In current times, it’s difficult to spend time outside with your puppy. You both may be bored at home with nothing to do as you practice social distancing. If so, your puppy may not be too happy about this, and may display unruly behavior to get your attention. You can prevent your puppy’s boredom with some fun indoor activities that stimulate them physically and mentally. Of course, your house may need to be rearranged a bit but it’s well worth your time. Here are 5 indoor activities you should do with your puppy: 

1. Practice training

Staying at home gives you a great opportunity to train your puppy. If your puppy already knows the basic commands, try to reinforce these tricks and see how much they already know. You can also transition them to more advanced tricks like “roll over”, “play dead”, and even the names of their toys. 

Even if your puppy knows certain tricks, training can be a rewarding experience (plus they’ll love getting treats!). Just remember to keep each training session short and sweet. This helps your furry bestie absorb the tricks they’re learning. Other tricks you can teach your puppy include:

  • Balancing a treat or toy on their nose
  • Leaping through a hoop
  • Putting their toys away

With these tricks, your puppy can even help you around the house with chores and other activities. You’ll be grateful for the extra helping hands in your home!

2. Play games with your puppy

Puppies are always up for a fun game, especially with their favorite human! Playtime is a great source for physical exercise that your puppy needs to be healthy. And if your puppy is the energetic type, it will keep them happy. Many puppies enjoy playing games like fetch, tug-of-war, and hide-and-seek. 

Before playing with your puppy, keep away any valuable or dangerous objects and place them in safe, hard-to-reach areas. Your play area should also have ample space so that you and your puppy have enough room to run and roll around. Also, if you’re playing a game like tug-of-war, make sure your puppy knows the release command. You can also implement their favorite toys during playtime to make it more fun.

3. Watch movies for puppies

Did you know that puppies can watch movies and TV shows made for them? It’s true that most puppies do not “watch” TV the way we do—they won’t be able to enjoy the latest episode of your favorite Netflix binge. However, some movies and TV shows can stimulate your puppy in various positive ways. 

There are even dog-related TV shows that can help entertain your puppy if they pay attention to the screen. Some puppies may bark and whine as they watch the moving images on the TV. If your puppy doesn’t react to sounds and images on the TV, don’t force it. Many puppies love playing fetch or cuddling with their owners over movies.

4. Make a scavenger hunt

Scavenger hunts challenge your puppy’s scent. All you need to do is hide their favorite treats around the house and voila! Your puppy’s sniffing ability should kick in as they search every room in your home for their tasty delights. When hiding your puppy’s treats, make sure you place them in locations they can reach. You should also ensure that your puppy is watching you as you hide their treats. 

While this is considered cheating with human players, your puppy will be able to get the hang of the game. Of course, you can also give them clues and guidance as they’re playing. A scavenger hunt can be a ton of fun for you and your cuddly friend!

5. Groom your puppy’s fur

Grooming is an important part of a puppy’s health. Good basic grooming allows your puppy to live a happy and healthy life with you. Unfortunately, grooming isn’t something that puppies love but if you make it a habit, your puppy may learn to accept it. You can ease your puppy’s grooming anxiety by introducing tools like their hairbrush and scissors at a young age. You may also encourage them with delicious treats and gentle brush strokes. Any of these tips can make grooming an easy and soothing experience for you and your puppy.

Sitting around on the couch can be tempting but your puppy won’t enjoy that for much longer. Instead, make their afternoon at home an exciting adventure with games, exercise, and hygienic practices. These activities stimulate their senses and help them bond with you as you spend the day indoors. Any activity you both do together is an opportunity to strengthen your friendship. We hope you stay safe and healthy at all times!