Most dogs can’t get enough of spending quality bonding time with their humans. Dog parents know how almost all canine breeds share the same passion for their owner’s attention. That is why it is important to have some fun things to do with your dog at home.
Now there’s no better means of telling your dog you’re just as happy and appreciative of having them around than by playing games or sharing fun activities with them.
There are various options you could explore when it comes to doggy play time. Here are some of these options.
Hide & Seek
Dogs appreciate bonding with their humans and one of their favorite bonding activities is playing hide-and-seek. The rules of this game is fairly easy. You do the hiding and your pup does the seeking. This game will be so much easier if your dog has already had sufficient obedience training.
Start by commanding your dog to sit and keep still. Once they do as you’ve ordered, start looking for a good place to hide. At first don’t be too competitive and hide in hard-to-find places. Doing so might frustrate and bore your playmate.
Once you’re hidden in a nice spot, call for your canine companion’s name and wait for them to seek out your hiding place. This game is always fun and exciting for both humans and their furry friends.
If you want you can even give the classic hide-and-seek game a twist by hiding toys and treats and letting your dog find them instead of you doing the hiding.
There are many variations that you can come up with to expand on these fun things to do with your dog at home.
Another favorite pastime activity of your fur baby is a game of fetch. The rules of this game is pretty simple. You throw a toy or a treat and you wait for your canine to retrieve the toy. The goal of the game is for your dog to return your thrown item back to you.
To make this game even more fun and exciting, introduce some rewards by way of treats or toys. Every time your dog is successful at returning an item onto your hands, praise them adequately and give them a treat or two.
Just don’t overdo this whole reward thing or else your dog might catch up and start throwing stuff on their own in the hopes of receiving treats once they are able to retrieve these thrown items on your behalf.
More Fun Things To Do With Your Dog At Home
Organized activities are also fun to share with our canine counterparts. These are typically more competitive and have stricter rules. As to what these activities are, please refer to this non-exhaustive list:
- Create An Obstacle Course
- Flying Disc
- Obedience Games
- Tug Of War
- Water Games
- Digging Box
- Which Hand Game
- Dog Shows
- Dancing With Dog
- Puppy Play-Date
- Backyard Camp Out
- Watch a Dog DVD
- Sing To Him
- Play In The Sprinklers
- Play In The Leaves
- Blow Bubbles
- Doggy Photo Shoot
Yes, your dog has very specific needs. And no, these needs do not stop with food and shelter. A responsible dog parent must be aware of their pet’s need for exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction.
All of these contribute to a dog’s quality of life. Keep a list handy of fun things you can do with your dog at home for those spur of the moment times you’ll need it.
If you are somehow short of time to cater to all of these needs on a regular basis, you have the option of working with professional dog care givers. These people are trained to do your job in your absence.