Are You Stuck Indoors with an Energetic Dog?

What's worse than being stuck indoors during winter?

 

It's being stuck indoors during winter with a dog that's filled with pent up energy.

 

Due to the cold weather, your dog's outdoor activities are limited. 

But it needs a release. Otherwise, all that pent up energy might surface in ugly ways.

 

A dog with pent up energy is a ticking time bomb.

 

It’s a pin-drop away from causing havoc in your home.

 

To keep your furry friend happy and healthy, we've come up with fun activities you can do indoors with your dog.

1 - Teach Your Dog New Tricks:

To help sharpen your dog's mind and burn off excess pent up energy, you can train your dog new tricks. You can also take your time to do a refresher on basic commands. Training can make your bond with your dog grow stronger.

3 - Make Your Dog Clean Up Its Toys:

Doing your chores is a great way to stay productive together while staying indoors. But if you don't have a helping hand, you can always use a helping paw! Train your dog to clean up its toys. To do this, you'll need some of its favorite toys, a box or basket for storage, and some treats. Tell your dog to grab its favorite toy. As it approaches the box, entice it to drop the toy to the box and snatch the treat. Say "clean up" or "tidy up" whenever it drops the toy. Do this daily while using the commands for a tidier and more responsible doggie

2 - Play "Find The Toy/Treat":

This is a fun game to play with your dog, and it also helps them sharpen their sense of smell. Put your dog in another room while you quietly hide a treat somewhere else. Once you've hidden it, let your dog out and find it. If your dog is new to this game, then start easy. Put it in predictable places, and once it gets the hang of it, you can level up the challenge. Find The Toy/Treat can be a great alternative to fetch without leaving your house a mess.

4 - Obstacle Course:

Your dog is loyal to its overlord and will go through anything for him, including fluffy pillows, couches, beds, and sofas. Also, it's fun, so why not. Make an obstacle course made of sofas, pillow cushions, hula hoops for your dog to go under, jump on, slide through. Sing praises for its bravery and give it treats as a reward. You can even place the treats along the obstacle. Make sure that the obstacle you make is suitable for your dog if it has any physical limitations

3 “lesser-known” foods that are toxic for dogs!

If you’re a dog owner then you need to take extra care to make sure that your home is safe for your dog.

 

A lot of different things can go awry for your dog if you’re not careful, but one of the scariest things is when your dog unknowingly ingests food that’s toxic for it.

 

It’s already well known that chocolate can be poisonous for your dog, but there are many other types of food and drinks we take for granted but that your dog should avoid at all costs.

 

So make sure that these following foods are out of your dog’s reach AT ALL TIMES:

Sugar-Free Candies:

Sugar-free candies are very dangerous for your dog as it contains the sugar substitute known as Xylitol.

Xylitol can cause your dog’s insulin level to skyrocket and shut down its liver.

How poisonous is it?

Even 3 grams of Xylitol can be lethal for a 65-pounds dog

Grapes and Raisins:

Grapes and raisins (which are essentially concentrated grapes) are particularly dangerous for your dog to consume as they can cause kidney failure in your dog. 


What’s worse is that there is no antidote to this.

The best course of action in such cases would be to bring your dog to the vet as soon as you suspect that it consumed grapes/raisins.

It’ll most likely be hospitalized on intravenous fluids for 24 to 48 hours following ingestion. Or be hospitalized for 2-7 days if the case is more severe.

So keep grapes and raisins out of reach of your dog.

Alcohol Beverages:

Alcoholic drinks are very dangerous for your dog to consume.

Alcohol poisoning can cause your dog vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, tremors, coma, and even death.

What’s worse is that your dog can even get alcohol poisoning when alcohol gets absorbed through your dog’s skin.

So make sure that you clean up any alcohol spills as soon as possible when your dog is around.

And clean your dog up if you or any of your family members accidentally spill alcohol on your dog.

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