Not every day is a perfect sunny day. Sometimes you just can’t get out for a walk or go to the dog park.
And you know your dog is happiest and healthiest when he gets a good workout!
There are simple exercises you can do with your dog in your own home … even a tiny home, and you don’t need any special equipment!
What You’ll Need
You’ll just need a few common household items to get started exercising you dog indoors. Let’s make sure your best friend gets all his steps in!
Now you have your “exercise equipment” ready, let’s get started with some fun indoor dog exercises.
5 Indoor Exercises For Your Dog
Run And Jump
Just 10 minutes back and forth of this one will get your dogs panting!
You’ll need: A hallway, a doorway, and 2 plastic storage bins
Now those storage bins are hurdles for jumping!
Bend, Twist And Reach
Bowing and stretching is a natural way for your dog to release tension … so it’s a great choice when he’s not getting enough physical activity.
You’ll need: A table with a low base, and a treat or toy.
Crawling is a natural behavior bred into some herding and hunting dogs. The Crawl is an indoor exercise you can do with your dog.
You’ll need: A dresser, 2 storage bins.
Lifting himself up onto his hind legs and balancing is great for your dog’s core strength.
You’ll need: A high backed armchair or sofa, and some delicious treats.[Related: A Cure For Dog Depression]
Digging is a really instinctive activity for dogs. It’s also a very tiring exercise! Using his front paws to pull the pillows toward him creates a similar motion to actual digging.
You’ll need: A narrow space (between the side of the sofa and the wall works well); some old pillows or heavy blankets, treats or a toy. Place the treat or toy in the space and then stuff the space with the pillows or blankets.
Note: You’ll want to use older pillows or blankets as they can get a bit shredded by the digging!
There are two levels to the digging exercise.
This teaches him how the game works … and he still gets the physical exercise from digging.
Once your dog gets the hang of the game, move on to the next level.
This game has several benefits:
With a little creativity, exercising your dog indoors can be fun for both dogs and humans!