I have compiled a list of fun activities to do with your dog.
- Freeze a chew toy inside a zippered freezer bag of half water, half chicken broth. When it's completely frozen, peel off the bag and send your dog outside to lick his way to the toy. It'll keep him busy for hours. Or in my dog's case, minutes.
- Gather several Tupperware storage containers and several dog treats. Turn the containers upside down on top of various treats and get your dog engaged in a rousing game of "find the treats!"
- Get a laser pointer. Bring your dog into a dimly lit room and make him "catch the spot."
- Swimming. I realize some dogs are not swimmers, but I'd be hard pressed to find a dog who wouldn't be in heaven spending an afternoon at the lake. Whether they're looking for fish, chasing the geese or wading close to shore, the fresh air and sunshine will keep him occupied and content.
- Don't have time for a walk? That's ok, just throw the ball down the stairs a couple 300 times. This game saved us this winter when we were cooped up with a very energetic puppy.
- Nacho mama's play dates! Invite over a friend who has a dog and let them explore each other. Obviously, some temperaments are just not compatible, so have a back up plan if the play date flops. Same rings true for bringing a 10 week old puppy to play with a 15 year old dog.
Like people, your dog absolutely needs interaction for proper development. If none of these activities sound like a good time to you, perhaps a cat might better suit you. :)