Is your dog bored? Try these dog games and activities to keep him active and stimulated. Scroll down for Healthy Dog Tips to Keep your Dog Active.
As our dog has aged and slowed down, we are aware of the importance of keeping him active and his brain stimulated.
Here are some dog games and activities that will help keep your dog stimulated as they age.
How to Keep your Dog’s Brain Stimulated
Take your Dog Outside
It is important that your dog spends time outside, whether it be walking. playing. sniffing. or just enjoying the fresh air.
Walk your dog daily. You can also take them to a dog park or just go out in the backyard and play with them.
Dogs love to get out and sniff for interesting smells such as excretions from other dogs or the scent of critters like rabbits or squirrels.
Play Tug-of-War or other Dog Games with your Dog
Tug-of-war is a game that many dogs love to play.
You can use a dog toy or braid some fabric together to create a pull toy for your dog. Just be careful to not pull too hard.
As you can see our dog Cooper enjoys wearing his pull toy as opposed to tugging it.
Train your Dog to do Tricks
Dogs naturally want to please their owners, so it is great to teach them a new trick.
All dogs should be able to sit, stay, and follow other simple commands like down.
Our dog likes to shake or give us a high-five, especially if he thinks he is going to get a treat or attention from us.
Give your Dog a Frozen Treat
During the warmer weather, dogs love to interact with frozen treats.
Place some dog treats food or toys into a container with water and put it in the freezer.
This forms a block of ice that challenges the dog to get the treats out.
Give your dog the treat outside and they will enjoy trying to melt it so they can get into the treats inside.
Provide your Dog with Stimulating Toys
Like with a frozen dog treat, dogs like to play with toys that challenge them to get something out of the toy.
Occasionally we get to the end of a container of peanut butter, that we give to Cooper so that he can try to get the bits of peanut butter out of the side and bottom.
We only have an empty container occasionally, so we found some toys that offer the same challenge to our dog.
After some searching, we found some dog toys designed to mentally and physically stimulate dogs by challenging them to get a treat out of the toy.
This ball gets your dog’s playful instincts going as it bounces and rolls around.
We placed a dog biscuit inside the ball and Cooper was entertained for a long time. He tried to get the treat out while the ball rolled around.
He kept at it and was eventually able to get the dog treat out
It’s important to keep a dog active and stimulated. Especially if they are home alone during the day or don’t spend time with other animals.
What kind of dog do you have? What dog games do you play to keep your dog stimulated?
Follow these healthy dog tips to keep your dog active and happy.
Healthy Dog Tips
Our family has one dog. He is a Cocker Spaniel named Cooper. We adopted him 9 years ago from the Humane Society.
We believe that Cooper was a couple of years old when we got him so that places him in the 11 to 12-year-old range now.
For the most part, Cooper still looks and acts like a much younger dog. The only way you can really tell his age is by looking at his eyes.
We have noticed the Cooper has slowed down. Not just on walks but we have noticed that his metabolism has slowed down too.
This has gotten us to adjust is dog food to meet his current needs.
Here are the tips that we recommend to keep your dog healthy and active for a very long time.
Healthy Dog Tips
Daily exercise -It is important that your dog gets daily exercise.
Some people might have a doggie door, which allows their dog to go out and run around in the yard whenever they want.
However, most people need to let their dog out or even put them on a leash for them to get any exercise at all.
We walk Cooper everyday rain or shine snow or ice.
He is less tolerant of the heat so we have noticed in the warmer months that he only takes short walks.
Dog safety – Part of keeping the dog healthy and active is to make sure they are safe.
If you are going outside, make sure to have them on a proper leash.
If it is dark, make sure you or your dog has reflective clothing or lights that can be seen by passing motorist.
Lots of water – Make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water.
This is easy to remember in the summer when your dog is hot and pants a lot, but it is just as important that they have plenty of water in the cold months too.
Check out this water dispenser we made for Cooper.
Yearly Check-ups – Take your dog to the veterinarian once a year to get a checkup.
The vet will perform all necessary tests and keep your dog up-to-date on their immunizations.
Check their dog food – Give your dog food a reality check.
Does the food meet the dog’s needs? Since Cooper’s metabolism has slowed down, we have switched his dog food
How do you keep your dog healthy and active?