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.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?