5 Ways to Tire Out Your Dog
If you’re a new pet parent or you’re considering adopting a pup, the amount of work you have to put in might seem daunting. However, it doesn’t need to be. Many pet parents think they need expensive gadgets and toys to keep their pup entertained, while others think they need a dog walker or doggy day care but this simply isn’t true. In this article we’re going to discuss the top 5 ways to tire out your dog and why it’s important. We’ve included some tips along the way on how to keep entertainment and exercise exciting for both you and your pup.
Why is Tiring Out Your Dog Important?
Our canine companions need lots of mental and physical stimulation to keep healthy and happy. Whether its long walks outdoors, going for a run or just playing with toys, all of these activities are essential for canine health. Without exercise and entertainment, our pups can become bored and lethargic which can result in health problems, both in the mind and body. So, keeping your pup physically and mentally stimulated is crucial to keep them in a healthy state and to avoid negative side effects associated with inactivity.
It’s worth noting that some dog breeds require more physical or mental stimulation (or both) compared to other breeds. Understanding how much work is suitable for your dog breed is a great place to start before giving them too many or too few activities. If you’re unsure of how much activity your dog requires then try searching online or asking your vet for advice tailored to your pooch’s breed.
How to Tire Out a Dog
There are an infinite number of ways to keep your dog stimulated and to tire them out. We couldn’t possibly list them all otherwise we’d be here all day, perhaps even longer. Instead, we’ve listed our top 5 favorite ways which covers various scenarios and lifestyles so there’s something for everyone. So, if you’ve been wondering how to tire out a puppy, then you’ll find the answers below.
Toys for Distracting Dogs
Toys are a great way to keep dogs entertained and to tire them out. Distracting toys are perfect for owners who need to work away from home or simply need something to occupy their dog while they’re busy. These can be purchased in stores or online or made for free at home and come in a variety of types. Sore-bought distraction toys usually come in the form of a toy which is filled with treats. This means the dog has to thoroughly play with the toy to earn the treats and will certainly tire them out. Alternatively, a free homemade version could simply be freezing vegetable or meat broth or other treats into ice cubes which need to be played with thoroughly until they’re gone. Just make sure the dog is old enough to know better than to eat the full thing immediately and keep these away from carpets if you want to avoid a mess!
Interactive Toys for Dogs
When you have time to spend playing with your pup then interactive toys are a great option to make playtime even more special. Toys which require tugging or fetching work well as they require physical and mental interaction. Again these can be store-bought or homemade. Ropes or plastic toys work great for tugging but old towels or t-shirts work just as well. Fetching toys can be a little harder to make at home but you can use things that you might find lying around your house already. Frisbees, toys or balls work well for teaching your dog to fetch and bring objects back to you while tiring them out at the same time.
Play Dates with Other Dogs
Since most dogs love to exercise and socialize with other pups, why not organize a play date for you dog and his friends? If your friends have dogs of their own then this could be organized with them or take your pooch to a dog park to meet new canine friends. This allows dogs to interact with other dogs, teaches them important social skills, keeps them mentally and physically stimulated and is a sure way of tiring them out.
Teaching New Tricks
This method of tiring out your dog is perfect for pet parents who have time to spend around the house with their dog. What makes it even better is that it doesn’t require additional equipment other than tasty treats or toys for a reward. Teaching a dog to learn a new trick or skill not only tires them out and keeps them stimulated but it provides a perfect opportunity for bonding between owner and canine companion. There are also endless tricks which can be taught/learned which vary in difficulty. Start somewhere easy with a trick that can be learned quickly and gradually increase the complexity of tricks each time your dog masters a new one.
Changing Up Exercise Habits
Changing the way you exercise with your dog is a great way to change habits without compromising on exercise time. For example, if you take your dog out for walks on the same route every day then why not switch things up a little and take a different route? This provides your dog with added mental stimulation as they explore a new area and can be a good way for you both to visit new places together. Alternatively, if you only ever walk together then why not try running the same route? Or, if you live near the sea then your dog might even enjoy swimming on occasion. Changing up exercise habits is a great way to tire your dog out while keeping them mentally and physically stimulated.
We’ve now covered some of the many ways to tire out a dog using toys, food or exercise. These options are personal favorites as they work by keeping pups mentally and physically stimulated, giving you a chance to interact and bond with your pup while tiring them out at the same time.