Puppy Activity INCLUDES Mental Activity!

by Melissa R. on July 12, 2013

What am I supposed to do?

What am I supposed to do?

Tiring out an active puppy can often be a challenge. Especially on those dreary, rainy, cold days where NOBODY wants to go outside for long, especially not for a long walk or playtime. I dread days like these… But I’ve managed many of them so far with my 6-month-old puppy, and I have to say – we’ve done well! Some days I think I’ve tired her out MORE than if we went outside! How did we do it? Here’s how:

We amp up our “normal” inside playtime. Lots of fetching, tugging, and running around as much as we can.

When it is time for supper, I usually use some type of food dispensing toy. The Kibble Nibble and Kong Wobbler are our favorites! Put your pup’s food in this and watch them entertain themselves for the next 10 minutes (or more!) while they eat their dinner, too!

Next up we will do some training. I might do some formal “heeling” – leash on, walking by my side smoothly. Sits, stays, turns. This only lasts 5-10 minutes, as my pup right now has a short attention span. I might do the formal training once or twice in the evening, to break up the night.

Oh! This is what I am supposed to do!

Oh! This is what I am supposed to do!

The “box” game is my favorite though; I really think it tires her out! This is getting out a box (or any object) and placing it on the floor. Then I get a big pile of treats, and sit down on the floor with my clicker in hand. Then… I wait. I wait for my puppy to do something to the box! Look at it? Click/Treat. Walk towards it? Click/Treat. Nose it? Click/Treat. Put her paw on it? Click/Treat. Push it? Click/Treat. This continues. Sometime if she is doing a particular behavior repeatedly, I try to tie in a command. To mix things up, we might get out another object, and do the same. It’s a really fun way to watch your puppy learn new things all on her own! Try looking up “101 Things to do with a box” on YouTube and you’ll see!

Any other suggestions out there?

About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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Sue Read July 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

The Wiggly Giggly was the best. Can’t seem to get another one.

Pet Marketing July 17, 2013 at 1:27 am

Very informative and interesting post. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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