In the Land of Dog, the sun shines every day. The rabbits and other
fun creatures and objects bound an roll and appear whenever and wherever
the canine wants them to. The temperature is always just right for all
types of doggy fun. In the real world, there are days when sunshine is
simply a memory. The rain pours down. There is not a cloud in the sky,
but the temperatures are far below the tolerance of your favorite dog
- even if he or she wears a coat.
What do you do when the weather is bad? In foul weather, you just change
the venue. You take your fun games and exercise from the outside world
into the confines of your home. It helps, of course, if you have a rec.
room, an exercise room, a spare room or any room with plenty of space.
If not, you will just have to come up with some activities that fulfill
When playing any of these games, make sure they are kept age and stage
appropriate. Puppies require different types of exercise. Their needs
will vary from those of a senior dog. In fact, a senior dog may rejoice
in inclement weather days. Don’t let them opt for sleeping the
entire day away. Senior dogs require exercise to help them live longer.
There are several games you can enjoy with your dog. Unless you have
a tiny apartment, you should be able to play many of them.
• Hide and Seek - This is an easy game. You hide something and
your dog tries to find it. Better still, you hide yourself and see if
your dog can find you. It helps if you have cupboards and various rooms.
When in doubt, try hiding behind a door.
• Hide the Toy - This is a simple game. You show your dog a toy.
It should be a favorite toy. You then ask your dog to stay. You turn
away from him or her and dash off to hide the object. It is then up to
your clever canine to find it.
• Other hide games can and do include such things as food. Hiding
food is a big hit with most dogs.
• The Shell Game - The Canine Edition - A variation on hide games
mimics the shell game. You take 2 or 3 cans or glasses. Make sure they
are sturdy and non breakable. They should also be opaque. You show a
choice morsel - liver bits work well, to your pet. You then hide it under
one of the glasses. While your dog is watching, you move them around
on the surface - the floor. You then watch and see if your dog can pick
the right glass.
• Tugging - This can be fun. It all depends whether you subscribe
to the school of thought that tugging encourages aggressive behavior.
Take a Kong toy, a strong piece of rope or any other tuggable object.
You take 1 side. The dog takes the other. Pull.
There are still many other games you can play with your dog when the
weather is gloomy. The second part of this article will concentrate on
playing indoors with a purpose.
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