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5 Ways to Tire Out Your Dog Indoors

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      There are numerous reasons why you and your dog may not be able to go outside. It could be tumultuous weather, poor air quality, or lack of daylight. Whatever the reason, a dog’s needs don’t get put on hold during those times. Different dogs and dog breeds have different exercise needs. Some know their dogs can barely go a few days without a romp around town or a fetch session, let alone the unknown amount of time until outdoor conditions improve. Save your dog’s sanity (and yours, too!) with these helpful tips on replacing that much needed outside time.

 

Puzzle Toys

It’s highly underestimated the amount that mental stimulation can tire out an energetic dog. Puzzle toys are a wonderful and easy way to make your dog’s meals stretch further for their benefit. Different types of interactive toys can have different effects on a dog’s brain. Toys that encouraging foraging like snuffle mats or still objects that require focus like Licki Mats can be relaxing. Others that challenge the dogs mind to get access to the food can increase a dog’s arousal level and should be provided under guidance while the dog learns to use them. Here are some links to toys that we like. Please remember, puzzle toys are meant for use under close supervision only in order to ensure the dog is using the toy correctly.

Kong Wobbler | Outward Hound “Tornado” Puzzle | Snuffle Mat | Kong Replay | Licki Mat

 

Fitness Equipment

These inflatable balance pods have grown immensely in popularity in recent years—and for good reason! Using equipment that requires mental focus and small muscle stabilization will both work a dog’s brain and body. These exercises can not only be a great workout, but can provide the additional benefit of body awareness and confidence. Check out the Fit Paws FITbone® and their accompanying video on how to use it.

Fit Paws FITbone®  | How to Use The FITbone

 

Canine Treadmill

For the dogs who have done it all but need to get their bodies moving even more, there are a variety of treadmill options built specifically for canines. Once a dog is appropriately conditioned to the movement of the treadmill, there’s a world of opportunity even beyond a happy jog. Proper conditioning to get the dog used to the underfoot movement is the critical first step.

 

Clicker Training

Another example of mental exercise that is extremely beneficial during times when physical activity is limited. Maybe you’re pursuing an advanced behavior, or maybe you’d like to see your dog learning a cute trick you saw online. Either way, keeping your dog’s mind active will in turn keep them happier while their time outside is limited. If you need ideas on what to do or how to train behaviors, 101 Dog Tricks is an excellent book with many fun and useful tricks to train.

 

Indoor Arenas 

If all has been attempted and you believe your dog just can’t live without space to run, you may start to look at finding a ventilated indoor arena. A huge benefit to being an IADW student is access to private training room rentals. If you believe you can provide controlled stimulation, you can contact our manager to schedule a time to use our facility.

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If you’re not currently a student, you can enroll in our classes now! Taking your dog to your local training center for a class can be one of the most enriching parts of your dog’s life. Depending on the class, it can also be a great work out. Classes that involve a lot of movement such as agility or urban parkour and get their blood moving, while manners or nose work will really challenge their minds. Aside from the benefit of tiring out your dog, you also get to experience furthering your bond.

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Located in Sumner, Washington, It's a Dog's World is part of Sumner Veterinary Hospital's three-acre dynamic complex. This 18,000 square foot training center teaches dog owners the most current, science-based dog training techniques and offers classes that include Pet Dog Classes, Obedience Classes, K9 Nose Work® Classes, Agility Classes, and Fun & Fit Classes.

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