Winter took a turn for the worse on us, so snow fun is over for a while. This time it wasn’t frigid weather that has driven us indoors, but warmer weather caused melting that left us with an icy yard. We did at least have a warmer weekend that softened the snow so we could find a small area in the yard to play a bit, but it’s going to turn cold again and it will be way too rough and icy to make it safe for the dogs to play outdoors.
It’s time to get out the indoor fun and games to keep the dogs entertained until we get another good snow storm. While even our older girl, 13 year-old Cricket, will play with toys, I can’t usually initiate that play for them. In other words, they only play with toys when they feel like it! Often that is when I come home from being gone, or after I get dressed in the morning. At both times they frequently entertain themselves playing with toys while waiting for me to take them outside. You can see them with some of their favorites here; they are the ones that dig those out of their toy box when they want them.
If I decide it’s time to play according to my schedule, I have to dig out the nose works supplies or the puzzle games. Puzzle games are quicker for me to put together, so I usually choose those more often. The two seen in the video below are my favorites.
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Right now the only possible storm headed our way is a few days away and not definite, so we’ll be pulling out all the stops to keep these two entertained. We still go outside to get our fresh air every day no matter what, now that our frigid weather is over, but I discourage them from running and jumping. Cricket always looks so sad that I won’t throw her ball though! There’s nothing like a treat game to cheer her up – treats are high on her list of favorite things, probably right next to balls. The only thing that makes them sad is that they can’t play treat games all day long….we don’t need to end up with fat dogs at the end of the winter! 🙂
How do you entertain your dogs if you can’t get them outside?