Spring is in the air! And everybody knows that in order to get those beautiful May flowers we are probably going to get a fair amount of those ill-timed April showers. Sometimes rain can keep you and your outdoor loving pooch indoors but NuVet is here to tell you that staying inside doesn’t mean you and Fido have to stay inactive. So the next time it rains try a few of these fun activities with your pup. You will probably be having so much fun that you won’t notice the sun has come back out.
1) Let’s play ball!
Everybody knows that dogs love to chase after balls. Fortunately, if you cannot get outside you can easily and safely play fetch in the house. Just make sure you have a clear path free of anything that might get in the way and hurt your dog like a table corner. And remember what mom used to say about playing ball in the house? What she meant really was don’t throw the ball inside. Roll the ball down a hallway or up some stairs. Your pooch will love it and get some great exercise during those rain delays!
2) Tug the towel
Who says you have to go out and buy Fido a fancy doggie rope to play tug of war with? Not NuVet! If you have a clean towel laying around the house that you no longer use, why not turn it into a toy for your dog? If you can, tie it into a knot. This will give you and Fido some leverage when pulling. Dogs love tug of war (or tug the towel). We bet you find this becomes a household favorite.
3) Doggie basic training course
Dogs love mental stimulation as well as physical activity. There is no better way than setting up a little obstacle course in your home. Again, make sure to clear a safe place for this activity. Use sturdy boxes, containers or other items for your dog to jump over or crawl under. Reward her with her favorite treat when she finishes. Also, make sure nothing is too high for her to jump over. We want a little challenge, lots of fun and no injuries!
4) Laser chase
Who says laser pointers are just for cats? Not NuVet! Dogs love laser pointers too. Inexpensive and widely available, if you don’t have one already, you should be able to find a laser pointer at your local drug store. Safety first, so remember to have a designated spot clear for your pup to run around in. Prepare for non-stop entertainment as your dog eagerly tries to catch the laser! Don’t hesitate to invite your feline family members to the event.
5) Host a doggie dance party
Dogs are social creatures so why not host a doggie dance party or even more simply, a doggie play date? Invite all of your dog’s friends and family over and dance or play the day (or night) away! Have light refreshment and bathroom breaks available for your guests of course. Use their favorite toys to keep things fun. Reward good behavior with treats. Watch out for any doggie antics that might be disruptive.