Puzzle Toys & Games – This is probably one of the easiest and most available way to keep your pup busy whether you’re there or not. Moat dogs so enjoy having a “job” to do, or something to work out. This pays perfectly into that plus, as a bonus, you can put treats in something like a Kong toy; they get the mental stimulation but also a tasty treat!
Check out some of our DIY puzzle toy tutorials on our YouTube Channel!
Master The Basics of Training – Training is becoming increasingly more important and expected of dog owners. Does your dog know the basics of obedience training? Even if they do, there’s nothing wrong with a refresher course to keep them sharp.
All dogs should be able to Sit, Stay, Drop and be Summoned (”Come Here”), if they don’t a few quick training sessions (5-10 minutes) each day are a great way to help your dog master the basics, and they’ll help keep your dog mentally stimulated.
Play a Game of Fetch – Okay, so this one is size restricted – with home AND dog. Might not be the best idea to play fetch with a Great Dane in a small apartment…! But if you have some extra room wither indoors or have some outside space, like a yard or garden, a game of fetch can help them burn some of that extra energy.
Be careful with heavy toys around anything that’s fragile or able to be tipped over, and it’s probably not a good idea to play fetch inside the kitchen. If you don’t like the idea of playing fetch indoors you could turn it into a simple game of catch.
Give Them A Grooming Session – If you have a pup with longer hair, thicker hair or more complex grooming needs this is something you should be doing anyway.
Grooming can also be a way to treat or reward your dog (if they do, indeed, enjoy being groomed). Although your dog won’t find a grooming session as exciting as a game of tug it is something that needs to be done from time to time. Our dogs need to be brushed, bathed, have their teeth brushed, and have their nails trimmed when they start to get long.
Some dogs tolerate grooming better than others, and the more you practice using positive rewards the easier it will become. Don’t be afraid to hand out lots of treats during a grooming session – you want to ensure your dog will associate grooming habits with a positive experience.
Set Up a Play Date – If you have a particularly social dog who has lost of doggy friends? Having one or two of them over for a little ‘Doggy Play Date’ is not only a way to keep your dog entertained, but socialisation is very important for our pooches! It’s so satisfying to see dogs engaging in play with one another, and it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll have one tired dog at the end of the day.