Exercise is not always just about expelling physical energy but also giving your dog’s mind something to do. When it is extremely hot outside, it may be safer to keep your dog indoors during the hottest part of the day. However, sometimes the dog just needs exercise and mental stimulation!
Here are six suggestions that you can use to help keep your dog stimulated and exercised while keeping him in the cooler house during the hot summer months!
1. Play hide and seek. You can either hide his favorite toy or hide yourself. If you have never done this, start out slow and make it very easy until your dog catches onto the game.
2. Play ball in a hallway. Depending on your house set up and your dog, this may or may not be possible. However, if you have a soft stuffed ball and sit at one end of the hallway, your dog may enjoy this opportunity to chase their ball.
3. Give them an empty bottle or jug with a few treats in it. This is also a great idea to help keep a puppy busy for awhile! The dogs often love the loud noisy bottles especially on the linoleum kitchen floors.
4. You can stuff your dog’s favorite treat into a Kong and freeze it. Freezing the treat inside the Kong will keep your dog busy for a longer period of time.
5. Make dog safe frozen pops. You can use items such as fruit, yogurt, eggs, etc… and blend it all together and freeze it in plastic or paper cups. Once frozen solid, remove from cup and let the dog have it. This may be messy, but you can either let the dog have it in the kitchen or on a mat or towel.
6. Work on obedience and/or new tricks. Most dogs love to learn and will eagerly work for treats. Start teaching your dog his basic obedience, fine tune some issues you may have had in training or teach your German Shepherd Dog some new cute tricks. You can do several short sessions a day to keep your dog happy and motivated.