Are you looking for fun ways to tire your dog out? In this blog, we are sharing some fun and easy ways to make sure your dog is tired at the end of the day to make sure your furry friend won’t be missing the dog park.
1. Brain games and trick training
Mental exercise is just as effective, if not more so than physical exercise when it comes to a happy and exhausted dog. Spend 10 or 15 minutes teaching your dog new tricks or try your hand at a sport like agility, obedience or nosework. Many clubs and trainers are offering online classes at the moment, so you don’t even need to leave your own home.
2. Enrichment at meal times
Be sure to ditch the boring bowl and offer fun games and puzzles at meal times. Some favourites are the Kong wobbler or replay, Nina ottoman puzzles, stuffables like Kongs or JW Bears or try your hand at some homemade puzzles.
Expert dog trainer, Ryan Tate shares his favourite behavioural enrichment toys for dogs:
3. Build a sandpit in your yard
Having an area your dog can safely dig is excellent for improving their environmental enrichment– plus it’s a great workout for them!
4. On leash walks around the neighbourhood
Grab your walking shoes and take your pup for a power walk around town.
A sniffari is a slow walk, not so much for exercise, but for the mental benefits of sniffing. Use a long line and a harness and let your dog lead the way at their own pace. It’s best to do this in a quiet area free from too many other dogs or people. Let them sniff to their heart’s content!
Fetch can be played in your backyard! Add an extra mental challenge by asking for tricks before throwing the ball as a reward. Try to avoid too many repetitions as fetch can cause injury.
7. Doga (Dog Yoga)
Use some treats and get your dog to stretch. It’s gentle fitness as well as a mental workout.
- Move the treat towards your dogs back leg, making them bend their neck and spine slowly. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat in the opposite direction. Repeat 3-5 times.
- Move the treat downwards towards their front legs, making them bend their head downwards. Hold for 3 seconds. Reward. Move back up and repeat.
- Teach your dog to bow. This is a great spine stretch! Place your arm under your dog’s belly and lure them into a down position using a treat.
- Encourage your dog to place their front feet on an item that is their shoulder height.
8. Doggy daycare
Dogs are social creatures and generally enjoy the company. Enrol your dog for a day at your local doggy daycare centre so they can interact with other friendly dogs.
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