10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Busy Indoors This Winter

When winter is here in full strength, and the weather is just too cold to spend as much time outside with your dog as you normally would… what could you possibly do to keep you and your dog occupied?

 
Winter Season for Your Pet Dogs! How to Have Fun and Enjoy…

Playing in the snow is fun, and your dog might even enjoy it. But lets face it, sometimes its nice to just stay all warm and snug as a bug in a rug indoors.

Today, I would like to share my 10 ways to keep your dog busy indoors.

1. Hide and sniff!

 
Put a k-9 spin 0n the classic game, hide and seek. Use some of your dog’s favorite treats, and hide them in different areas of the house. If this is the first time you have played this with your dog, start out small, and lead him around to the different spots where you have hidden the treats. Once he gets a hang of the game, he will search for them on his own. You can even go one step further by teaching him the words “hide and sniff.” This means that every time you are ready to play, say the words and he will know that it’s game time!

2. Work on some new tricks!

 
Maybe there are different tricks you have been meaning to teach your dog, but haven’t had time to do so. The extra time indoors this winter is a perfect chance to spend time training.

3. Doggie play date!

 
Do you know a friend with a dog, or dogs? Invite them over for a play date with you and your pooch! Play some games, and just let your dog be social. You might be surprised how much they will enjoy each other’s company.

4. Take your dog on a shopping trip!

 
For this one, you do have to leave your house, BUT taking your dog for a pet friendly shopping trip at the local pet store will be fun for both of you.

5. Grooming.

 
This one may not be ideal for human or dog, (although some dogs enjoy it) but it is a great opportunity to spend some extra time brushing your dogs beautiful fur. Take your time, and go over every inch of his body, checking for and abnormal lumps and bumps while your at it. Not only will these grooming sessions keep you informed on the health of your dog, but it can actually be a great bonding time as well.

6. Ever hear of “Doga?”

 
This is basically yoga, but including your dog. There are DVD’s or Youtube videos which can help teach you the steps of Doga. And while I haven’t attempted this one myself, I have heard it can be quite fun!

7. Play “which hand” with your dog.

 
This one is super easy, but can be entertaining for you and your pooch. Put a small treat in one hand without your dog seeing. Make a fist with both hands, and let your dog sniff out which hand has the treat. When he gets it right, he gets the reward!

8. If you like finding different ways to exercise with your dog, try playing follow the leader on a set of stairs in your home.

 
Going up and down the stairs, switching mid way to get your dog to follow every move. This is a great workout for you and your dog, plus he will have a blast wondering which move you will make next.

9. Play a good old game of tug of war.

 
This one is a classic that will never die, and never gets old.

10. Last but not least….. and my favorite indoor activity – snuggle time.

 
When its super cold outside, nothing feels better than a warm fuzzy blanket, and a warm loving dog all cuddled up on the couch. Put on a favorite movie (more for you than your dog) and just have a relaxing evening in.

That wraps up my 10 favorite things to do indoors during the cold winter months. If you have anything to add to the list, let us know in the comments, or tell us which one is your favorite off of this list!

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Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.


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40 Responses to 10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Busy Indoors This Winter

  1. Rachel says:

    This is a great list of things to do. I’d never heard of Doga before, but that sounds fun!

  2. I love all of these and plan to use them this winter, even though we can’t really complain about rough winters in Central CA.
    Smiles, Barks and Wagging Tails, Denise & ~Shasta

  3. Ruth Epstein says:

    Great tips, our nightly ritual is grooming before bed, she loves it and then knows its bedtime before I in winter put a t-shirt on her for extra warmth. I give her extra bones on rainy days as that is the one thing have found really keeps her busy, hiding treats BOL she hides her own all the time and when she wants snack she looks for them.

  4. Great tips! As I’m commenting I’m listening to the pouring rain, knowing Jack will not be happy when it’s time to go out. Being so active I do try and play games and look for ways to keep him busy, especially on days like today when he won’t want to go out.

  5. These are great ideas for indoor activities with dogs ~ I love the doga concept.

  6. FiveSibesMom says:

    Stair exercising – what a great tip! My one Husky loves “Which hand?” and “Tug!” We just now finished up a good game of “Tug!” I personally love #10 the best, too – the snuggle time!!!

  7. Sadie says:

    I love yoga and will definitely look at doga videos – how fun! We get a tonne of snow here in Ontario. I love these ‘cozier’ training / mental stimulation options.

  8. Cathy Armato says:

    All good ideas! I love playing Find the Treat with my dogs, it’s hilarious to see them get competitive w/ each other as they hunt for treats!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  9. Joely Smith says:

    I think our Lyla could benefit from Doga! We do puppy massage on her but with her bad joints I should look into this! Great article with great ideas!

  10. Your list of tips is going to be hesven sent this northern hemisphere winter for so many. Thank you!

  11. Kevin says:

    Great tips and very timely as we are getting our first snowstorm of the year as I type!

    We plan on teaching Charlie some new tricks over the Winter. He is the type to get stir crazy if not being challenged enough! Harley on the other hand is a huge fan of Hide-and-Sniff!

    There will be plenty of cuddle time going on as well while we are stuck inside the house!

  12. Our favorite winter activity is snuggling. Especially on a snowy day.

  13. These are some great tips, we definitely need to work on some new tricks this winter! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Great ideas for those cold, rainy, and snowy days.

  15. Beth says:

    Playing Tug and snuggle time are my dog’s favorite activities and coincidentally they are mine too.

  16. Great ideas. Hide and seek is one of my favorite games. I love it to the moon and back. ;)

  17. We do a lot of trick training in the winter time.

  18. Robin says:

    Snuggle time is my favorite suggestion! There’s nothing quite like a great movie and a few warm pets on a cold winter’s night. :) The dogya is a good idea too! It is fun to incorporate pets into daily activities.

  19. Katie says:

    I usually end up spending more time outside in the winter since I have huskies. I will have to remember these ideas for the summer! They do not like going out in the hot weather!

  20. Kandace says:

    Great ideas. I know here in AZ, winter time means we get to go outside more lol But these tips will come in handy on a rainy day or during the hot summer!

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