10 Snowy Day Activities Your Dog Can Do Indoors

10 Snowy Day Activities Your Dog Can Do Indoors

The winter season can be a long one. And in no time both you and your dog can start feeling cooped up and restless. Well this year, do things a little differently. Take a look below at snowy day activities your dog can do indoors. That’s right…indoors! There is no need to even leave the house and yet your pup will still get the exercise he needs. Take a look.

Snowy Day Activities Your Dog Can Do Indoors

Our List of 10 Snowy Day Activities Your Dog Can Do Indoors

1. Bathtub fun
If your dog likes water, fill the tub up about six inches and let him get in. Give him balls and floating toys to splash at and play with if he is so inclined. Just be ready for a sprinkling when he gets out!

2. Tug o’ war.
Grab an old sock or rope and start tugging. Dogs catch onto this game quickly and will love trying to wrestle you for the rope.

3. Stairs.
Just like humans use stairs for fitness purposes, so can dogs. Simply put a leash on them and trot up and down the stairs at a speed they are comfortable with. They may not need a leash, but if they have never done it before with you it gives some guidance.

4. Play ball.
Grab a tennis ball and instead of throwing it just roll it on the floor. Your dog will love chasing it and having you roll it again. They will also start to bat the ball with their own paws after awhile.

5. Hide the treat.
Roll a treat up in a sock and let your dog try to wriggle it out. Or, you can show them a treat and then go hide it under a cushion or cup. Watch them try to figure out how to get to the treat. Hysterical!

6. Create climbers.
For smaller dogs, you can stack small boxes and crates for them to climb on. Maybe even place these near a window where they can climb and enjoy the outside view.

7. Toy time.
Keep a basket of squeaky toys to pull out and play with. Toss the toys, tug them, roll them, hide them, there are all sorts of ways to have fun with these and your dog will love all of them.

8. Jump around.
Raise a treat so your dog can jump for it. Don’t give it to him right away, but encourage him to jump for it if he is comfortable doing so. Make sure your dog is on the floor and not attempting this from the couch or a chair. You wouldn’t want them to fall and hurt themselves.

9. Hide and seek.
Hide in a spot and call for your dog. Watch him run around like mad trying to find you. Just don’t hide in too hard of a spot, you want him to feel the reward of locating you.

10. Doggy led play.
Watch your dog’s cues to see what he might be interested in. Some like to wrestle, tackle, and play a bit more rough. Watch your dog’s cues to see if he likes this and if so, go for it.

Your dogs do not need to be bored all winter getting themselves in trouble. With a little time and these fun tips your dog can stay active and have fun all witner long even when they refuse to go out and play.

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  1. Oh such great activities , i have never thought about some of them
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  2. We love to be out in any weather but on a day like today where it is -17, it is just too cold to be out for more than a short walk. These are days we have to come up with indoor fun. Nice list with a few new ideas.
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  3. Hi Y’all!

    Just stopped to check on what to do on rainy days…when you live in little or no snow, it’s rain that keeps those of 2 or 4 legs inside.

    Have a very Merry Christmas y’all!
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  4. Jessica Sala-Bonin says

    Love this! We are big into indoor play with our pups 🙂 We love to wrestle and ruff house with them! 🙂

  5. Toy time is the best
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  6. I’m with Hawk…it’s rainy days here rather than snow days that are a concern (although fortunately we mostly have lots of sunshine here in Texas). Great ideas! The ball game (or Kong game) is the definite winner here, anytime of day! Then of course there is running from window to window to watch for squirrels and stray cats.
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  7. My favorite is chase! Love Dolly
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  8. Happy New Year and thanks for great ideas! X Talent Hounds

  9. Great tips! We’re lucky that where we live is pretty sunny all year and it only gets a little chilly.
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  10. What great ideas. Happy New Year.
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  11. Those are all good ideas! Mom is thinking of hide and seek with treats but because of my OCD (obsessive compulsive doxie) she’s afraid once I think there are treats hidden I’ll be looking for them all the time! Love Dolly (Pees: maybe that’s what we want!)
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  12. Cute suggestions! 🙂 Niles hates getting baths so I can’t imagine her playing in a tub, but I do like your “play like a pup” suggestion. We do that sometimes and she loves it! 🙂
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  13. These are great suggestions for indoor activities. I have a 6 year old shih tzu and he’s starting to miss his outdoor activities because of all the snow we’ve gotten.


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