12 Rainy Day Entertainment Ideas To Keep Your Dog Busy

Written by: Melina Giakas

May 26, 2015

With Spring finally in full swing, now’s your chance to hit the beach or plan a picnic in the park. While there’s undoubtedly sunny skies ahead, there’s also bound to be days when the clouds roll in and you’re stuck inside trying to find something to do. Here’s a few ideas to keep your pooch entertained indoors while it’s pouring cats and dogs outside!

1. Search & Sniff


Hide treats around your home to set your dog off on a tail wagging adventure. Your dog will put his nose to work to find the hidden treasures. You can determine how easy or difficult you want the game to be depending on where you decide to hide them.

2. Schedule a puppy play date.


Call some puppy pals and surprise your dog with a visit from one of his four-legged furiends.

3. Kong Ball

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Kong Balls are great for hiding treats and keeping dogs busy. The toy’s opening is small enough to provide dogs with a challenge but also big enough for a treat to fall out before your dog becomes frustrated.

4. Tug of War

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All you need for this old school game is a tough rope and a pawesome dog who’s ready to play.

5. Interactive Dog Feeder


Event though your dog may figure it out in a few minutes, interactive dog feeders and puzzles are a great way to keep your canine occupied.

6. Hall Ball

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A long straight hallway is idea for this game. Similar to fetch, take a ball and roll it down a long hallway. Your dog will go racing after it without unpredictably tearing through your home.

7. Teach an old dog some new tricks.

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On sunnier days you’re way more likely to visit the doggie park than sit at home teaching your dog new tricks. Rainy days are pawesome for catching up on all those things you set aside for another day. Especially practicing tricks your dog knows, and teaching them some new ones too!

8. Dental Chewers

Dogs will love BARK Bright for the irresistible chicken flavor; you’ll love it for how fresh-smelling and healthy it keeps your dog’s mouth!

9. The Hol-ee Roller


The Hol-ee Roller is great for dogs that love bigger toys. Its hexagonal cut-outs make the ball lightweight and easy for owners to throw and dogs to retrieve so you won’t have to worry about it breaking your lamp. However, please proceed with caution if your dog is a heavy duty chewer (he just may get stuck in it 😉 ). Unlikely but you never know with these crazy puppers!

10. Stair Master (Pup Edition)


Utilize all areas of your home! If you have a staircase, you can throw a ball up the stairs for your dog to retrieve and return to you at the bottom of the steps. Catch, toss, and have your dog return the ball several times to ensure a tired doggie.

11. Shopping Trip

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Take your dog out to a dog friendly store or dog specialty store like Petco or PetSmart to browse and shop on a gloomy day.

12. Netflix


Ok, maybe this one isn’t as much for your dog. Regardless, you can still spend quality time with your dog and keep them entertained while catching up on a few shows. As long as you have a chew toy or bone nearby, your dog is bound to enjoy a little down time next to his ruvly hooman.

Featured image via Pet-Helper

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Written by: Melina Giakas

May 26, 2015

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