- Run your dog up and down the stairs.
Using the stairs is a great way to tire out your dog. Stand at the top of the stairs and throw a toy down to your dog. When your dog grabs the toy, call his name and have him bring the toy to you. After several rounds of this, he’ll be ready for a nap.
- Set an obstacle courses up.
Using an old hula hoop for him to leap through or using cushions to create a tunnel for him to navigate. Map everything out and lead your dog through the various obstacles. This game will challenge your dog both mentally and physically.
- Make your dog work for its treats.
Take a variety of your dog’s favorite treats and hide the around the house – behind doors, under tables, underneath rugs, etc. Your dog will be so busy tracking down his treats that he’ll physically tire out in the process.
- Get your dog on the treadmill.
A treadmill is a great way to get your dog a dose of healthy indoor exercise. First, allow your dog to get comfortable with the sight and sound of a running treadmill. Next, place your dog on the treadmill and give him a treat. Turn the treadmill on the lowest speed. Give him treats to keep him on the treadmill. Standing in front of the treadmill and rewarding him with treats for walking might make your dog feel more comfortable.
- Tug of War
With the amount of ropes and toys available that encourage tug of war, it’s not surprising that so many dog owners play this game with their dog