Rainy days can put quite a damper on any outdoor activities, leaving both you and your dog feeling cooped up and restless. But just because the weather outside is gloomy doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. It’s the perfect opportunity to get creative with indoor shenanigans to keep your furry friend entertained and mentally stimulated. Here are five rainy-day activities to try with your dog…

  1. Hide and Seek: Dogs love a good game of hide and seek! Start by hiding behind a door or furniture and calling your dog’s name. When they find you, reward them with praise and treats. Gradually increase the difficulty by hiding in different spots throughout the house. This game not only keeps your dog physically active but also sharpens their problem-solving skills.
  2. Tug of War: Grab a sturdy rope or tug toy and engage in a friendly game of tug of war with your dog. This game satisfies their natural instinct to tug and pull, providing both physical exercise and mental stimulation. Remember to play gently and reinforce positive behavior throughout the game.
  3. DIY Agility Course: Set up a makeshift agility course using household items like chairs, broomsticks, and cushions. Guide your dog through the course, encouraging them to jump over obstacles, weave through poles, and navigate tunnels. This activity not only burns off excess energy but also strengthens their coordination and obedience skills. 
  4. Interactive Toys and Puzzles: Invest in interactive toys and puzzle feeders designed to challenge your dog’s cognitive abilities, like the ones from KONG. These toys often require your dog to problem-solve in order to access treats or toys hidden inside. Try our Peanut Pumpkin Pupsicle KONG recipe to give your pup a sweet treat.
  5. A Day of Play at Dog Daycare: For the times you’re unable to give your pup the attention they deserve, doggie daycare at Dogtopia can help. At Dogtopia, your dog can enjoy supervised play sessions with other dogs of similar size and temperament, participate in enrichment activities, and receive mental stimulation through basic training reinforcement—all in our climate-controlled indoor playrooms. Our live webcams allow you to watch all the fun, which gives you peace of mind knowing your furry friend is in good hands.

So, the next time the rain keeps you indoors, embrace the opportunity to bond with your dog through fun and engaging indoor games, or consider enrolling them in dog daycare at Dogtopia for a day filled with socialization and excitement in our climate-controlled indoor playrooms—where it’s always the perfect weather. Find a Dogtopia near you at dogtopia.com/locations.