I’ve got 9 winter boredom busters for a happy dog for you today. Thankfully, we are not bored around here. Mom loves to be out in the winter, so our lives don’t change much. A lot of dogs are bored in the winter as their humans don’t go out much with them. What can you do to spice up your dog’s life in the winter months?
9 Winter Boredom Busters For A Happy Dog
1. Take Your Dog Shopping
Many stores allow pets these days. Some of the ones in our areas are Lowe’s, Michaels, Bed Bath & Beyond, and of course, pet stores. Always check with your own store before bringing your dog. Taking your job shopping provides a little exercise, but a lot of mental stimulation. She will take in so many new sights and smells, it will really provide a wonderful mental workout. Best of all, you are both together.
2. Indoor Walking Opportunities
Some shopping malls will allow dogs for indoor walking at certain times of the week. If there are none in your area, look for pet friendly events where your dog can walk around with you and get both mental and physical stimulation.
3. Sign Up For A Class With Your Dog
Many dog schools offer enrichment classes, or take an obedience refresher course, or maybe try a dog sport just for fun. A lot of dogs in our area use indoor pools to swim and some practice dock diving. We go to one training center to practice our barn hunt skills.
4. Practice Sniffing Games At Home
We practice our nose work in the house when the weather is too nasty outside. If your dog isn’t trained in nose work, no worries. Play some hide the food games. Remember when curing boredom with food or treats, watch the calories! Simply hide your dog’s kibble around the house and watch her seek and find. Hunting is a natural behavior and provides a lot of mental stimulation.
5. Teach Your Dog New Tricks
We are not much for tricks at our house, but I did learn “bow” at Halloween time. Tricks are easy to train and indoors is an ideal place to do it on a cold winter day!
6. Work On Obedience Training
How about obedience training? Obedience training never ends at our house. Winter is the perfect time to work on weak areas with your dog. Sit, stay, down, even heal can be worked on indoors.
7. Give Your Dog Frozen Kongs
What healthy foods does your dog love? Mix up some tasty things like bananas, peanut butter, low fat plain yogurt, add in some crumbs from a treat bag that is almost empty. Freeze it and serve it up. Your dog will love it and it will keep her busy and entertained for a while.
8. Use Interactive Treat Toys
Interactive toys are also a lot of fun. Use kibble or low calorie treats to fill the toy. Watch your pup work in figuring out how to get all the goodies out of the toy.
9. Feed Meals With A Slow Feeder
Just as it is not healthy for humans to gulp down food, it is not good for your dog either. Slow feeders are a great way to slow down your dogs meals, and give them a mental challenge all at the same time. Many of the slow feeders are also dishwasher safe to make clean up easy. We can put our raw food in these feeders too which is great!
So there you have it. 9 winter boredom busters for your pup. Most of the ideas are simple, free, or low cost. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a happy dog!
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