With the long stretches of bitter cold here our walks are seldom and shorter. Which means there are two very bored dogs in the house. Right after dinner I find a squeaky ball to tease the Lady I rescued with. Usually while she’s cooking in the kitchen. The squeaky ball game is still on when she wants to watch TV. I don’t give up until I’ve been chased a few times or she throws a ball for me. So, what can you do to entertain your bored dogs during a long, cold winter? Here’s some of our favorite fun indoor games for dogs.
Treat Ball — Great and Fun Indoor Game for Dogs
There are lots of treat balls and various toys on the market that engage dogs to play with the toy making it dispense treats. Our favorite is the Kruuse Buster cube. What we like about it is the odd shape, and hard molded plastic. This is because it makes me roll it around since I can’t fit it in my mouth well enough to carry it so I can play with it like it’s a squeaky ball. Our favorite treats to use in the cube are Zuke’s Mini NaturalTreats, or some dog kibble. We try to watch the treats around here with my pancreatitis issues.
It’s impossible to take a decent picture of us playing with the ball, all we end up with is a blur, so we have a video to show how much non-stop fun we have. We haven’t figured out that the treats run out until the Lady takes it away. Taffy won’t play with the cube to dispense the treats like I do, even though she has her own, she just follows me around and steals mine.
iFetch — Indoor Fetch Game for Dogs
We fell in love with the iFetch product line at Global Pet Expo especially the iFetch Frenzy mini. It’s perfect for smaller dogs and requires no electricity, making it a fun indoor or outdoor game for your dog.
Once one of us gets a tennis ball we want to keep it, but the Lady keeps tossing more balls in the iFetch, which makes us try to keep more than one! Not to mention she says it’s great exercise for the pet parent too!
Try an Agility Tunnel for a Fun Indoor Game for Dogs
You’re probably familiar with the big, long tunnels you see at agility competitions for dogs. Well there are smaller ones that fit in your backyard or even indoors. Actually, the Lady I rescued got ours at a neighbor’s garage sale. I love going through the big tunnels but not this one so much because it moves. The Lady held it in place between two chairs which worked pretty good. But it still moved too much for me. Which means I tried mooching for treats directly while Taffy had no problem at all chasing a treat or a ball through the tunnel. I just found a way to go around.
But we still had a lot of fun and that’s what matters. For me, it means fewer walks where my Saltsox boots are needed! All of these indoor games for dogs got the Lady, Taffy and me off the couch! We hope you give them a try!
Note: You’re probably all wondering if this was before my surgery. Well it wasn’t, my surgery was postponed as my blood work did not show enough platelets to cause my blood to clot. I’m taking Prednisone now to increase my platelets as this means that my body is producing anti bodies to my own immune system, meaning there may be a tumor. I’m having my blood rechecked after a week on the meds so that my lumps can be removed as soon as possible. Thanks so much for all the great advice and support from my last post.