What to do with your dog indoors? Or outside while keeping your distance? My little pup – now about 16-years-old and dealing with dementia – has slowed down significantly. It feels like he went from turbo to turtle overnight … sadly, the clock is ticking.
However, that’s not true for everyone.
Many of us have been given the gift of time with our fur babies, and I for one am grateful for that. But if your fur buddy is getting bored, or is lobbying for your attention while you work from home, what can you do?
How do you entertain your dog at home?
To answer this question, I turned to the people doing it daily and writing about it: fellow pet bloggers. Curating leads to learning, so this was fun for me too – plus, there’s a Boredom Busting Dog Box Contest … keep reading.
Welcome to dogtrotting’s Curated Help for Keeping You and Your Dog Happy During Quarantine.
Let’s start with eight ideas from Shed Happens: some ideas involve your attention like my favourite – practice leash walking indoors particularly if your dog pulls (like mine did). Or, if you need to buy some time for yourself because likely you’ve got to work, try the bucket/treat activity to keep Rover self occupied. Check out Easy and Effective Ways to Entertain Your Dog at Home.
More Enrichment Games for Dogs
Many games appear on lists regularly: tug of war, hiding treats randomly under cups, and similarly ball and muffin tin game. Rescue Dogs 101 explains these and more but make your own indoor dog obstacle course might be an idea to involve the kids. Check out 11 Fun Enrichment Games to Play with Your Dog Inside to find out how to create one.
OR Go Dog Nashville has divided the list into benefits – physical, mental and emotional stimulation – categories and honestly, ‘learn to relax’ might be my favourite. Check out Top 12 Activities to Keep Your Dog Entertained Indoors here.
Similarly, obstacle courses play a starring role on Happyoodles’ Boredom Buster list and they offer several ways to set up options – including tunnels to buy – but importantly, there’s checklist of behaviors that might indicate your dog needs stimulation, such as destructive chewing, escaping, stealing person items and more. Find out if your pup needs Boredom Busters on Happyoodles.
Socializing Pups in Social Isolation
Socializing a pup – that’s an issue I hadn’t considered when first researching this information. What if you’ve gotten a new puppy and now must stay away from others? According to Big Dog Mom, zero to 16 weeks of age is an important time for dogs to learn socialization skills. Social distancing clearly poses s challenge when your puppy needs new people and public spaces to explore. If you’re facing this problem, find out How to Socialize a Puppy at Home: 15 Creative Tips here.
Speaking of puppies, apparently Boston Terriers are a particularly busy breed – according to Maggie Loves Orbit, which also offers a list of indoor games to keep your dog busy. My favourite is the roll up towel option because that’s so easy, so obvious and yet I didn’t think of it. If you’re crafty, try a few DYI toy options with toilet paper rolls and chip tubes. Check out what indoor games keep Boston Terriers here.
DIY Busy Dog Box
Here’s a great idea from Wear Wag Repeat: create your own busy box. Changing out the dog’s toys helps keep them interested because one they haven’t seen in a while is ‘new’ in the moment. Similarly, filling a surprise box with random toys and treats they must ‘unpack’ themselves. Hey, you like opening packages too, right? Learn how to make your own DIY Dog Busy Box here.
Boredom Busting Dog Box Contest
Speaking of opening surprise boxes….
Dogtrotting.net gets lots of toys and treats sent our way, and one little aging cocker-cross mutt can only utilize so much. Guess what? Here’s a box of toys, chews, treats and a fleece dog blanket (I’m obsessed with making – check out how here). Approximate retail value: $50.
You can have fun opening it – or let your dog.
Leave a comment below – tell us about your dog, or how your dog has been coping with quarantine. One winner will be selected by random draw and I’ll contact you via email for a mailing address.
Contest open to U.S. and Canadian residents. Contest closes July 15, 2020.