Staying Home: 6 Enriching Activities To Keep Your Dog Happy
We’ll try not to mention the C-word, but let’s just say it’s a tricky time for many of us at the moment.
We’re operating business as usual - but we know lots of our customers are staying home or are busy preparing for a period of isolation.
We want to do everything we can to help.
So, we’ve put together some easy enriching activities you can do at home with your dog.
These are simple ideas that can go a long way to keeping your dog happy and stimulated over the coming weeks.
We hope you find them useful - and if there’s anything else you need just let us know.
1. Sniff it out
According to experts, just 20 minutes of sniffing is as enriching for dogs as a one hour walk - so games that involve your dog putting its snout to work are a great shout right now.
Our favourite sniffing game to play at home is to scrunch up pieces of paper and hide treats inside for our dogs to find.
We build on this activity by filling a box with scrunched up paper and other noisy household materials and hiding a Clam filled with smelly treats (like dried sprats or fish treats) at the bottom for our dog to seek out.
This is a great way to build noise confidence, too!
2. Play hide and seek
Practice your ‘stay’ command by playing hide and seek with your dog. They stay put, you hide with their favourite tug toy (as their perfect reward at the end) and then call their name. Hours of fun!
f you have a spare pair of hands, one person can stay with your dog while you hide somewhere more tricky - and they can find you together.
3. Work on a new trick
From ‘high five’ to ‘sitting pretty’, use your time indoors to add a new trick to your repertoire. A clicker and some yummy treats are your best friends when teaching tricks, along with patience and plenty of encouragement.
4. Play tug
Don’t underestimate the benefits of a simple game of tug with your dog’s favourite Tug-E-Nuff toy. Keep tug sessions short - just two to three minutes is enough!
Remember to offer lots of praise and mix up the toys you use to keep them motivated and interested.
When the game is over, put your toys away. This keeps them safe from chewing and retains their prized status as a high-value reward!
If you want to treat your dog to new toys as part of your preparations, we are dispatching orders made before 2pm Monday to Friday the same day and our usual Money Back Promise applies so you can buy with complete confidence.
5. Treat them to a massage
Dog massage has been proven to have benefits for you and your dog. There are the obvious physical and relaxation benefits, but it’s also a lovely way to spend quality time together and helps improve your bond.
Plus, regular massage can help you keep track of your dog’s health as you get to know your their body so that you can quickly spot any unusual lumps or bumps.
We do recommend getting some specialist advice on massage techniques from a dog massage therapist or your vet before you try this one. There is some further advice in this blog.
6. Mix up mealtimes
To keep mealtimes interesting and enriching, try replacing some meals or snacks over the next few weeks with food placed in interactive feeders or stuff toys with dog-safe peanut butter and freeze before offering to your dog.