As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, you may find yourself spending more time indoors with your dog over the next few months. Despite the cold and dark, your dog still requires physical and mental stimulation.
Although a good game of fetch may be impossible inside, try running your dog on the treadmill instead. An earlier post of ours explains how to intro your dog to a treadmill. In addition to this physical exercise, your dog still needs mental stimulation as well.
One of my favorite ways to mentally stimulate a dog is to play hide and seek. This game is pretty self explanatory; keep your dog in a sit or down, and you hide something (usually a toy or a treat). Upon release, your dog searches, finds, and retrieves (or eats) what has been hidden.
Once your dog understands the game and is doing well, you can increase the difficulty by changing a few variables to get an even better mental workout.
It is very easy to take a simple game and turn it into a great thinking experience for your dog. Use your imagination and get creative; your dog will thank you!
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