If you are like the rest of the country, you have been stuck inside for the past month or two. While there is hope on the horizon for this pandemic to subside, we’re still indoors with our furry loved ones. Like us, our four-legged friends require daily exercise, mental enrichment, and interaction from their people. It not only encourages better health, it also helps reduce boredom that can result in destructive behaviors and stress.
The team at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital is here with some of our best boredom busting indoor pet exercises. Continue reading to find out more!
10 Creative Indoor Pet Exercises for Your Best Friend
If you’ve gotten into the same-old routine with your pet, you’d be amazed at the variety of things the two of you can do together. There’s no reason to be lax about entertaining your pet, since whatever they do with you, it will be awesome for them (togetherness counts!).
Check out some of these fun, interactive activities.
- Climb and jam – Listening to music that is upbeat can get you both into the mood to exercise. Put on a playlist that inspires you and climb steps with your fur friend. You can put them on a leash (another good way to get your pet leash trained) and either walk up and down stairs, or walk or jog on a treadmill. A great option for aerobic exercise.
- Paw painting – Get out some washable paints and several pieces of paper and give your pet the paints to play with. Spread various colors over a mat and let your pet use their paws to make a masterpiece.
- Learn ‘doga’ – Doga, a variation of yoga with dogs, is a good way to create calmness and get tone. There are several online classes that combine pets and yoga, with poses that are adapted to them. If you want to get your Zen on, doga is perfect.
- Trick training – Teaching your Fido friend new tricks is challenging for the two of you and provides a lot in the way of enrichment. If you have already mastered basic commands, additional tricks like roll over, sit up, dance, and beg, can be a great form of enrichment.
- Scavenger hunt – Hide bits of treats or pieces of your pet’s regular meal around the home. As it becomes easier for your pet to slueth the treat out, try more challenging spots for them.
- Tug of war – This old time favorite among canines is actually one of the better forms of exercise you can choose. This is because your pet must put their whole body into it. Avoid this game, however, if your pet has issues with aggression or mouthiness.
- Dancing – Dancing is an upbeat way to encourage positivity and increase you and your pet’s heart rate. Some pets get so into it, they learn how to hop around in their hind legs while you dance with them.
- Pole jumping – If your pet needs advanced exercise, such as those breeds that are geared toward work, jumping poles is a high energy choice. Just use the same poles (shower rod, curtain rod, etc.) and chairs to create your pet’s very own high jump. Cats can also be trained to jump over obstacles with the right reward and consistency.
- Exercise wheel – Small mammals and cats can get their exercise on through the use of a wheel designed for them. These wheels can provide mental and physical enrichment when your pet is indoors.
- Fetch – This timeless favorite can be adapted for the indoors by using a long hallway, garage, or rec room. You can even move the furniture in the living room to make space for this fun game. Opt for a soft toy or Nerf ball and toss your pet something to fetch. (Surprisingly, many cats can be trained to enjoy this game, too, with a treasured catnip mouse.)
We know being stuck at home can be a drag for everyone. But there are some good choices in indoor pet exercises to keep everyone entertained and fit. If you have any questions about your pet, or would like to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to call us.