Paw Pals, a Northern Virginia pet sitting service, recently released a blog that lists the best indoor activities for dogs. These activities can help your dog get exercise and intellectual stimulation without needing to go outside.
Hot summer days can make it difficult to exercise, particularly for pets with plenty of fur. While fresh air is generally a good idea, taking your dog out to play on incredibly warm days can cause heat stroke, dehydration, and other health concerns. It's still important to help your pet get some exercise each day, however. Games and other activities help your pet burn off excess energy, stimulate their minds to ward off boredom, and keep them healthy. Instead of going out, consider some of these indoor activities for your pet to keep them both healthy and entertained.
Dogs may enjoy the intellectual and physical challenge of a small obstacle course. Set up objects for your dog to walk through, around, over, and under, and lead them around the course with a treat. You can also try to teach your dog new tricks, like jumping or rolling over, to work on their obedience skills. Depending on the size of your dog and your home, it might be possible to play fetch with a soft toy. A quick game of tug of war may also be an option. Many dogs enjoy playing hide and seek, either with you as the hidden surprise or some treats scattered around the house. These activities can help your dog maintain their routine without putting them at risk for dehydration and other heat related concerns.
Contact Paw Pals for more information or to inquire about dog sitting services. Paw Pals provides pet sitting in your own home or a sitter's, daily check ins to ensure that your pet has food and some social interaction, and walks when you're on vacation or busy with work. To schedule your dog walking or pet sitting appointment, contact Paw Pals at 703-345-1695 or visit the agency online at https://www.localpawpals.com/. Paw Pals is located at 14001-C Saint Germain Drive #213, Centreville, VA 20121.