We told you about it in our last article : the extreme cold of winter can sometimes force us to stay indoors with our puppy. Your dog still needs to be active daily for both his physical and mental health. Leaving him inactive for too long could create stress, boredom, anxiety and ultimately, lead to bad behavior and health problems. Your social team therefore thought of offering you some activities and games to stimulate him even if he has to stay inside the house!

The classic toy throw is always appreciated by your dog! Inside, use his favorite dog or a soft toy rather than a ball to avoid breakage. A simple activity that will excite and activate your dog, without exhausting him.

Gabrielle (also known as Gabrielle and her beasts) , the official dog trainer of Chien Mondain, specifies that throwing the toy can overexcite your dog and he will have difficulty calming down afterwards. This is why setting boundaries is important. You can teach him to keep the toy in his mouth longer before giving it back to you. To work on his concentration and self-control, you can also ask him to wait for your permission before going to get the ball. Teach him to associate the toy you want him to bring back with the name you give it. Above all, adapt to his learning speed, the important thing is that he has fun while learning!

A small obstacle course in the house will also delight your companion. No need to rack your brains, use what you have on hand like a cushion, a pouf, a chair. He will expend his energy, practice his agility and of course, be rewarded at the very end!

These two activities will delight your dog since you will participate with him! Plus, you decide the duration. However, it is still practical to have some ideas for games that your dog can do alone.

Hide treats around the house and let your dog find them. He will actively work on his sense of smell and concentration. You can also hide his bowl (containing his meal) and ask him to look for it!

We are well aware of the famous very sturdy rubber toys designed to insert food or treats, but there are also more complex interactive games and food dispensers that will keep your dog occupied for long periods of time.

To increase the difficulty, Gabrielle suggests teaching your dog to sit when he finally finds his food in the house or interactive toy. The more he controls himself when he finds his meal, the better your communication will be when he is outside! For what? Quite simply because he will learn to look for something, will finally find this smell, will be happy with his success, while remaining attentive to you from a distance. 

Another idea to keep your dog physically and mentally active indoors: introduce him to the treadmill, if of course there is interest and pleasure! Use your own or get one made especially for dogs. Take it gradually, make sure he is still safe and the speed is appropriate for him. Eventually you can increase the speed and incline, your dog will love this physical challenge! The treadmill is interesting because it forces the animal to stay focused and respect the allocated space. Gabrielle also published a video on the subject.

If you have the slightest doubt about a physical activity to do for your dog, you can consult Gabrielle or your veterinarian. They remain your resource people regarding their health.

he is also  always possible to enroll your dog in a course that will make him use up some energy. 

These suggestions for indoor activities and games are very practical when the temperature is not suitable. However, don't forget that going outside is essential for your dog when the cold is less intense. To make it more pleasant, dress him appropriately with a coat and boots . They will keep your dog comfortable and warm. You can also think about reducing the time of outings, but increasing them.

Rest assured: warmer weather will be back with us soon, but until then, these few ideas for indoor activities and our tips for going outside in winter with your dog will give you a helping hand!