Rain or shine, pets need exercise. Dogs left unentertained on rainy days can easily become bored, which may lead to destructive behavior. Try the following tips and activities to keep your dog occupied and happy when the weather is frightful.
Purchase Kibble-Dispensing Toys
Dogs love to be engaged and are surprisingly good at figuring out puzzles. Pick up a kibble-dispensing toy, such as a Kong, for your dog and load it up with their favorite treat. Ideal for dogs that have to spend excessive time alone or inside during foul weather, a kibble-dispensing toy releases a treat when the dog maneuvers it into the correct position, which creates a happy dog.
Have a Doggie Play Date
Just like humans, dogs get along better with some members of their species than others. If you’re in the midst of a rainy spell, consider inviting one of your dog’s favorite puppy companions over to play. Before the other dog arrives, be certain to clear an area of breakable and valuable items so that the two dogs can play without damaging anything. Chances are, at the end of the play date, both dogs will be ready for a long nap.
Play a Game
Believe it or not, dogs love hide and seek, and because it can be played in an enclosed environment, it is a great game for rainy days. To play, each family member should have several dog treats in hand. Each person should then hide and take turns calling the dog’s name. The dog will then get treats for finding a hidden person. Ideal for providing low-key exercise and mental stimulation, hide and seek is a rainy day game everyone can enjoy.
Have a Kibble Hunt
If your dog is food-driven, consider putting a spin on dinnertime. Instead of putting all of the dog’s food in a bowl, restrain the dog while you hide small piles of the food around the house. Release the dog and watch while he or she works to find the hidden piles of kibble. At first, the kibble should be very easy to find. Once the dog gets the hang of the game, you can begin to hide it in more difficult locations. In addition to providing mental stimulation, this game also provides physical activity and draws out feeding time, leading to a happy and full dog.Rainy-day activities are a great way of providing fun exercises, creative mental stimulation, and increased bonding with your dog. Although everyone loves a good walk or a long-distance game of fetch, indoor activities can be every bit as rewarding and are a great way to impart or reinforce good training and obedience habits. Try these simple activities next time you and your pup are locked inside on account of the weather. Chances are that you’ll both have a great time.Do you have any other suggestions? Add to our comments below!