Indoor entertainment for puppies in bad weather!

November 9, 2010

After yesterday’s weather and again today, I am sure you are all as keen as me to find indoor entertainment for your puppy!! I have to confess that after Betty’s naughty day last week I had to get honest with myself:) and I know it was because I had been neglecting her training! At 6 months she has so much energy, enthusiasm and curiosity that I have to makes sure she is stretched more, even on my busy days, which is when I can be a bit sloppy!

Here are some of my ideas for channeling all that energy! :

Indoor training to include

  • Sit, down and stand
  • Stays, both sit and downs (I practise really long downs for 30 minutes in the evening:) )
  • Sitting at heel and watching
  • Sit and heel and turning in all directions while maintaining the watch
  • Short recalls (10 of these on the trot) everyday
  • Putting to heel from all sides and directions
  • Retrieve

Games to include

  • Tricks like Betty on the skateboard
  • High five
  • Waving
  • Roll over
  • Face wiping
  • Lie flat
  • Tricks with the hoop, going through, over etc

And for the pups amusement when I need a rest:

  • A toy stuffed with treats, that take ages to lick out
  • occasionally a big real beef bone (can cause constipation or tummy upsets so introduce slowly), do not leave 2 dogs alone with bones as they can cause fights!
  • Chews either hide or munchy ones

Puppies of 6 to 8 months need to chew as their teeth are all through and are settling into the gums, but they do not need to chew 24 hours a day, if you allow them they will, but this can become a bad habit, so ensure they are with you part of the time without anything to chew on so that they develop healthy habits!

Here are my ideas, I look forward to hearing from you all with your tips for keeping puppies busy!! šŸ™‚


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