Dogs need to exercise as part of their daily routine and they actually love it too. Whether it’s snowing in Salt Lake City or there’s blistering heat in a Boston summer, your dog will want to go for a walk or run.
It’s not always possible to take your dog out for a walk because it’s unsafe or your dog has anxiety and doesn’t want to go out. Fortunately, with a little bit of patience and a lot of creativity, you can exercise your dog indoors to work their body and mind without leaving your home.
Let’s get right into it with a few exercises that you can do indoors with your dog.
Staircase Stamina Building
Use the staircase in your home to your advantage and tire your dog out by giving them a workout on your staircase. The steps on the staircase work well to stimulate your dog’s muscles and maintain healthy joints. By engaging different parts of your dog’s body, you’re helping to strengthen their body with the incline and decline of the steps.
The easiest way to train your dog on the stairs is to stand at the top with your dog at the bottom. Throw a toy down and when your dog retrieves it, call their name and have them run up to you. Repeat until your dog is exhausted, or you are.
Impromptu Obstacle Course
It’s probably only going to be impromptu the first few times you do it but you can set up a course around the house. You can use cushions to create a tunnel for your dog to navigate through and use a hula hoop as an obstacle for your pup to hop through.
The beauty of this is that you can be as creative as you like and it will challenge your dog physically and mentally.
Hide & Treat
Make your four-legged friend work for their treats by hiding around your home. Whether it’s a biscuit or a bully stick, hide the dog treats behind the couch, under the rug or behind doors. It’s a great way to tire your dog out and get their blood pumping because they’re so engrossed in finding their treat.
Use a Treadmill
If you have a treadmill on your home, you can take advantage of exercising your dog. Firstly, make sure that your dog is comfortable with the treadmill by watching it in action and absorbing its sounds. Then, you should place your dog on the treadmill and reward them with a treat. Switch the treadmill on at the lowest speed setting and keep giving your dog treats to keep them engaged and on the treadmill. When your dog has become more comfortable with using a treadmill, you can slowly start to increase the speed.
Important note: if you’re using a leash as a walking aid, it’s crucial that you do not tie the leash to the treadmill or anywhere else. Tying the leash can restrict your dog’s movement and be a safety hazard.