When the weather gets wild, the beaches might be too windy, or the roads are too snow-covered for usual outdoor walks. Australian pet owners need to find alternative ways to give dogs exercise. The correct amount of training can prevent dog obesity as well as hyperactivity. Here are some ideas for indoor activities for your furry friend.

Before We Start

Before diving into indoor activity ideas for your dog, it is important to note that all dogs are different regarding what level and amount of exercise they can tolerate. For example, dogs with short noses (the brachycephalic breeds) like pugs and bulldogs, can only get limited amounts of air through their nasal passages so they cannot run as far or fast as other breeds.

Besides breeding, your dog might also have limited activity tolerance because of age or a medical condition. Old, injured, or sick dogs still need exercise, but the type and duration will be specific. Some exercises can help to ease the pain of a condition — like swimming for arthritis. Work with your vet to figure out what types of activities will be best for your specific pet.

Indoor Exercise Ideas For Your Dog

After discussing your pup’s exercise routine with your vet, you can start to work on some indoor activities. Here are some options.

Hide And Seek

Have your dog sit and stay while you hide. Then, call your dog to you. When your dog finds you provide a reward in the form of a treat or a game of tug. This is a great way to practice recalls and get some mileage in around the house.

Scent Play

Hide your pup’s favourite treats around the house. Your dog will have to sniff out the hidden treat — travelling upstairs and into different rooms in the meantime.

Canine Treadmill

There are many different kinds of treadmill designs for dogs. Some look like giant hamster wheels, while others are a lot like human treadmills. Be sure to check the weight limit before purchasing.

Most “hyper” dogs are under exercised. If you notice that your dog is displaying inappropriate biting behaviour or other signs of hyperactivity, consider including more exercise in his or her routine. Exercise also prevents obesity. Even if the weather outside is preventing walks in the fresh air, you can do activities like hiding and seek, scent work, and treadmill runs. This will help your pup stay calm, happy and healthy.

Lucy Andrews