There are lots of times when it’s hard for our dogs to get outside for some fun time and exercise. It may be too hot, too cold, raining, or snowing. If it goes on for more than a day or two, my dogs tend to go stir crazy.
I’m home most of the day with my dogs Kilo, Buddy, and Roxy and the need to develop indoor games came up in order to prevent them from getting too bored when they have been inside too long.
Below are different types of indoor games you can play with your dog.
Find the Treat Game
This is one of the easiest games out there for dog owners. You can’t go wrong when it comes to food and sniffing. All you need to do to start the game is to show your dog a tiny treat or piece of kibble, and you are set. Toss the food around the room. Remember, when playing this game, aim low so you aren’t hitting something that can be knocked down.
If your dog does not notice the food at first, you can start by dropping the treat beside them. During the game, you can continue increasing the distance by tossing it further. You will be able to feed your dog entirely by just playing this game. You can make the game challenging by asking your Chi to stay and then hide the piece of dry food.
Play Hide and Seek
As a child, you may have played this game. It’s a fun indoor game with your kids, so why not with your pet? In this game, you may require two players and the dog. One player will go and hide while the other holds the dog. Once the first player is hidden, the other player can release the dog.
When the other player is found, one can make a big fuss about being found.
The Three Cup Game
This game has played by many people around the world and the end game is to con the player. When you play with your dog, the end game is to provide entertainment as well as eliminate boredom for your pet.
All you need is three cups and a small ball. Place the three cups upside down on the floor, take the ball, show your pet, hide it under one cup. Using your hands, pass the cups around in order to mix the arrangement. Once you are sure the dog will not find it, you can request the pet to point the cup where the ball is. If they point correctly, you give them a treat.
Here’s a video of it:
Give Your Dog Some Puzzle Toys
If you need some time to do a chore, you can give your dog a puzzle toy to play with.
Teach Your Dog a New Trick
Teach your dog a new trick or command that they don’t know. Or brush up on some old tricks. If you don’t practice them fairly often, your dog may forget how to do the, We found this out with the roll overtrick. My son and I taught the dogs how to roll over a few years back but didn’t keep up with it. I tried to get them to do it the other day and they just stared at me like I was nuts.
Some dogs love playing with bubbles so blow some for them and watch the fun!
Here’s a cute video of a baby and Chihuahua with bubbles. Watch how the Chi reacts to the bubbles:
Now that you have some ideas for indoor games you can play with your Chihuahua, you need to know the benefits of indoor games for your pets.
- It helps your dog to exercise. When you play hide and seek, the dog will have to run from one point to another following your scent. This will ensure the limbs get the exercise they need especially during a rainy or snowy day.
- It helps to improve their tracking skills. While your Chihuahua cannot go hunting, playing the find the treat game will help to improve their tracking skills. This is the same for the hide and seeks game.
- It offers great entertainment for your dog. When you cannot take your dog out, they do get bored. When you engage them in an indoor game, they get to be entertained. It’s great stimulation for their minds and bodies.
- It strengthens the bond between the two of you. Your dog loves to spend time with you and doing things together is the highlight of their day.
- It acts as a great stress reliever for both of you.