Cold winter days are closing in and it is becoming more and more challenging to go outside for frequent walks. Chances are there are going to be days this winter when you aren’t going to want to go outside at all and neither will your pup. What are you going to do in the house all day? Cabin fever will start to set in quickly. Here are some ideas to get you through the the winter blues.
Doggy Obstacle/Agility Course
Courses can be endlessly arranged in the home to provide new challenges both physically and in your rapid-fire communication with your dog while running a course.
Jumps: Use a a bar that cannot be easily knocked off by your dog’s foot to avoid injury. You can have more than one jump in a set so that you can vary the challenge. You can make jumps inside the house using 2 pieces of plywood (cut exactly the same height) and an old broom handle or sometime teaching your dog to jump over the back of the couch could work.
Chutes: Chutes are a great tool for agility dogs as it teaches them to trust their handle. You can purchase nice quality, and flexible so it folds up flat for storage.
Tunnels: Tunnels can be one of the most fun and challenging parts of an agility course for some dogs, especially since for your dog, going as fast as you can through a long, dark space is an amazing act of trust. So a tunnel is a great addition to your at-home obstacle course.
Exercising with your dog should be fun for both of you, here is how Dog Hide-n-seek works:
1. Select an item–your dog’s favorite toy, a treat, etc. When your dog isn’t looking, hide the item. If your dog is new at this, start off with the item under a pillow or behind a table close enough to find. If your dog is a pro, make it challenging.
2. Now tell your dog “Find it!” Run along with your dog, encouraging him as you go.
3. Be sure to offer lots of praise when your dog finds the item.
4. Now, it’s your turn! Be creative and think up new ways to play Doggy Hide and Seek.
Indoor Dog Potty
While you are stuck inside inevitably your dog will have to go potty. If you are snowed in or just to raining outside and neither of you want to deal with the cold weather, then you can consider training your dog to go inside. UGODOG is a easy to use potty system, once your dog is trained it will alleviate the worry of how to get outside each time your pup has to use the toilet.
Popularity: 1% [?]