No matter what time of year it is, there's a chance you'll end up stuck inside with a drizzly, gloomy day. Although you may be ready to curl up with a cup of coffee and a book, your furry friend will likely have a bad case of cabin fever—especially if the rain stretches over a few days.
Whether it's rainy, snowy, cold, or too hot, it can be a chore to battle the weather and get your dog enough exercise, but it's still crucial. Here are some ways to beat your dog's boredom even when you're sequestered inside.
1. Play Hidden Treat Games
Set up a treasure hunt for your dog with treats and toys. Start with a simple trick: have him lie down or sit, and let him watch you place your first item. Once he's caught on, you can move on to harder challenges by hiding treats in other rooms and more complicated places. It's a great way to exercise your pup's mind and body.
Although training may seem like a chore to you, your dog will likely thrive on learning a new trick or command. Use a rainy day to exercise your dog's mind by working learning something new. Bonus to this approach: if your dog is learning, she'll likely be tired out quicker.
3. New Toys
Have you seen those fancy food-dispensing toys available for dogs? Or bones that hide treats of peanut butter inside? Grab a few of these and stock your pantry for adverse weather days to conquer your dog's boredom.
4. Have a Friend Over
A doggie play date is a perfect way to beat the rainy day blues. Ask a fellow pet owner with a friendly dog to come play. Make sure to dog-proof your home; it's likely to get a little rowdy!