When it’s too nasty outside to get exercise, these games will keep your dog’s mind and body engaged.
There are some amazing games by Nina Ottosson where your dog has to figure out the puzzle to find the treat. I have a few for my dog, and they’re good for short-term, supervised entertainment. The only problem is that while these are entertaining, they’re also food-based and don’t require a whole lot of movement from your dog. The mental engagement is there, but physical exercise isn’t. It’s kind of like playing a board game while eating a whole bowl of popcorn and chocolate pretzels — you’re entertained, but not staying healthy.
Here are six ideas for active games you can play that will tire out your dog, engaging him (and you!) physically and mentally so that being inside is every bit as fun as being outside. Continue reading