How to keep your dog active indoors

Dogs need to be exercised daily but sometimes it can be hard to find the time to take Fido to the park. Fear not, here's how to keep your dog active without leaving the house...

05 Oct 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

Do you walk your dog every day? You definitely should! While you might think that the day you spend watching movies and TV show is a day well spent, your dog needs to be active in order to stay healthy. Just like people, dogs can get bored too, and boredom always strikes those who are idle, so why not do something to ensure that your furry friend stays happy and active, even indoors?

dog in window

Where’s the treat?

Your dog’s sense of smell is about 10,000 times better than ours, and you can use this wonderful ‘power’ of theirs to play games and have fun. Playing guessing games with pets is entertaining, and it allows them to further develop their sense of smell as well as their cognitive abilities. Start off slowly, first by hiding a treat in one hand but offering them both, and ask them to get the treat. Whenever they guess right, praise them and let them have the treat. When they get used to this game, try using three cups. Hide a treat under one cup then mix them and ask your dog to find it. Be patient, they might not always guess right, but they will love the game and slowly become very good at it.


Good old hide-and-seek is one of the best indoor games, which everyone loves. Yes, even Fido! Command your dog to stay in one of the rooms of your house, then go out and hide somewhere. Try to hide the best that you can – in the bathtub, wardrobe, behind the couch, or behind the curtain; you get bonus points for being creative. Once you hide, call your dog and wait to be found. Whenever they do find you, reward them with treats and belly rubs.

dog running

Go for a run – seriously

Do you have a treadmill at home? Well, you’ll be glad to know that you’re not the only one who can benefit from it. Use the treadmill to actually walk your dog and get rid of that extra energy that’s been building up. Still, you shouldn’t abuse the machine, and whenever the weather permits it, you should walk your dog outside.

Teach them new tricks

Just because you’re indoors, it doesn’t mean that you can’t train your dog and teach it new tricks. Start off slowly, play with one toy (for example a ball) and ask them to fetch it. After a while, hide the toy among other toys and ask the dog to bring the ball. When your dog learns the names of several toys, you can ask them to bring the toys one by one and arrange them in special order. What is more, you can teach them to fetch their own leash, so next time you go outside they can help you get ready by finding and bringing their own leash.

little dog licking its lips

Our furry friends keep us company and bring us happiness—they also remind us what love and devotion are. We should do the same for them. You don’t have to feel bad if sometimes you simply cannot take your dog for a walk; just remember that there are fun and easy ways to keep your four-legged pal healthy and active indoors.



Article written by Zara Lewis

Zara Lewis is a regular contributor at and a full time animal lover who is passionate about creating a better world for the generations to come. Zara is a mum of two, who are inseparable from their furry family members.

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05 Oct 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

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