19 Mar Keeping Dogs Occupied if Dog Parks are Closed
Dogs often look forward to a trip to the dog park. In the event that your typical dog park is closed, there are activities that you can do at home with your dog to keep him or her occupied. We understand the importance of keeping our furry friends happy at all times. When obstacles get in the way, we have to get a little creative.
Extra Outdoor Play Time
If you can’t get to a dog park or yours happens to be closed temporarily, consider taking your dog outside in your own yard for extra play time. Toss a ball, throw a Frisbee or just run around with them. They will still be able to get their exercise and will enjoy the extra time with you.
If you have children, it’s also helpful if the kids go out to play too. They’ll get their exercise and the dog/s might enjoy running around with them too.
Longer Neighborhood Walks
Another option is extending your typical walking time. Make sure you have a safe place to walk with your dog where you’re not right next to traffic. Distracted drivers are hazardous. If there are no sidewalks in your area, consider driving to a neighborhood that is close by and walking there instead.
Some dogs can become skittish around traffic, so keeping them safe and calm during that process is ideal. If you are giving your dog CBD, before walking in a strange or new neighborhood would be an ideal time to administer their normal dose of CBD. For this purpose, we would suggest our Pet Health CBD Anti-Separation Tincture.
If you have not given your dog CBD before, please speak with your vet before doing so. It’s also ideal to know your pet’s exact weight as they do require a specific dose based on their weight. Please review our CBD Dosage Guide for Pets and keep it handy in case you need to increase to medium or maximum doses in the future.
Keeping Boredom Under Control
When dogs get bored, they might get creative themselves. This could lead to unpleasant behaviors. To prevent bad habits from being adopted, there are dozens of activities that you can do with your dog to keep them entertained.
Here are a few ideas to prevent doggy boredom:
- Play ball inside
- Nose games
- Jumping for healthy treats games
- Tugs – you can even use an old sock if you don’t have a tug rope
- Interactive toys
- Hide a toy and tell them to find it – if you do a good job it could take them a while to find it
- Doggy play dates
These are just a few ideas. If you have friends or neighbors that have dogs and they’re friendly with yours, doggy play dates can be fun for everyone and you can spend some time with your friends at the same time.
When it isn’t possible to get to your local dog park, keeping your dog busy can be just as time consuming as entertaining children if there’s a snow day or a scheduled break from school. Some dogs require more attention than others. Get creative and play more games with your dog, teach new tricks or even see if you can get them to respond to music.