Abby Kennels Shares Indoor Play Suggestions For Your Dog

Abby Kennels of Chelmsford offers indoor play ideas for your dog.

In a perfect world, our dogs would get plenty of outdoor play time and long walks.  Sometimes, that's just not possible.  We’ve put together five of our favorite indoor activities to try with your dog on those days when getting outside just isn’t an option.


1.  Have a fun training session

     You don’t need a ton of space to practice some basic obedience commands.   Focusing your dog’s attention is a great way to tire him out, improve his obedience and strengthen his bond with you.  Start simply and work up to a  complex routine.  You’d be surprised at how following a sit-down-sit-down sequence can exhaust a dog.  Don’t forget the rewards!


2.  Hide and Seek

     Hide your dog’s favorite toy and teach her how to find it.  Combine obedience and searching skills.  Put your dog on a down stay while you hide the toy and then use a release word to signal that she can start searching.  You can start with treats or a combination of treats and a toy.  As your dog gets better at finding the toy, make the challenge greater.  Eliminate treats and just use a toy; put out three bowls and hide the toy under one; ask her to stay in position for longer periods of time after hiding the toy. 


3.  Make your dog work for dinner

     Rather than simply putting food in a bowl, fill a Kong or similar toy with your dog’s food.  Stuff it tightly and let your dog work to get dinner.  If you have time, freeze the stuffed toy for a greater challenge.  Anything that engages your dog’s mind will sap excess energy.


4.  Go shopping

     Dog boutiques, pet stores, and  dog bakeries are perfect places to visit with your dog.  Stroll up and down every aisle.  Let your dog sniff away.  Greet other visitors and employees.  Just make sure your dog is leashed and under control for your entire visit.


5.  Teach him a trick

     Always wanted your dog to roll over and play dead?  Shake hands?  Sing?  Now’s the time to grab a pile of treats and start teaching!


We’d love to hear from you!  Send us your suggestions for indoor play time with your dog and we’ll publish them in a future blog.  Most importantly, remember to have fun with your buddy!



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Donnie January 27, 2013 at 04:41 AM
People tend to see dogs as people, as extensions of themselves, as children, etc,, and this is a dangerous attitude. Dogs are pack animals, and need to be dealt with as such. The best person who describes this is Cesar Milian, who also translates how animals in general relate to "energy" levels, and not baby talk, excessive rewards, and other things that most humans tend to do.
Abby Kennels January 27, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Thanks for reading our blog and sharing your opinion!
Abby Kennels January 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM
We received a lot of emails about the original comment on our blog. We welcome all opinions and think the best blogs are the ones that spark discussion. We have been in the dog business for over twenty five years and certainly realize that dogs are pack animals and we are the leaders. We treat our dogs with respect and love; we work them hard and play often; we celebrate their accomplishments and proudly call them our best friends. And we feel badly for anyone who misses out on that unique bond.
Margo January 29, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Touche' A.K. Well said.


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