Indoor Games for People and Dogs

Get ideas for games to play with your dog when ugly weather keeps you indoors.

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
4-minute read
Episode #16

Training Manners, Having Fun

I’ve included “Go Wild and Freeze” because it’s not only a fun game but also a training game. The heavy-handed training styles of old -- which, unfortunately, haven’t yet vanished from the earth -- prime us to think of training as work. Grim, tedious work, at that. Modern reward-based training is a different story -- useful, yes, necessary, yes, but also fun. Spend a few minutes morning and evening of a rainy day tiring your dog’s brain by teaching him to spin on cue, or close a kitchen cabinet, or heel off-leash around your living room. Whatever we teach our dogs, as long as we present it in a light, affectionate, enjoyable spirit, “It’s all tricks to them!”

In another episode I'll discuss games that you can play with older dogs.  Until then, for more resources on playing with your dog, explore more episodes at dogtrainer.quickanddirtytips.com.The Dog Trainer loves your input. Email me at dogtrainer@quickanddirtytips.com or call 206-600-5661. Visit me on Facebook. Thank you for listening!

Play Resources

September Morn
Dogs Love School, Shelton, WA
Pat Miller. Play with Your Dog. Dogwise, 2008.
Karen B. London, Ph.D., and Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. Play Together, Stay Together: Happy and Healthy Play Between People and Dogs. McConnell Publishing, 2008.
Clicker training information: www.clickertraining.com; www.clickersolutions.coma
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About the Author

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Jolanta holds professional certifications in both training and behavior counseling and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also volunteered with Pet Help Partners, a program of the Humane Society of the United States that works to prevent pet relinquishment. Her approach is generally behaviorist (Pavlovian, Skinnerian and post-Skinnerian learning theory) with a big helping of ethology (animal behavior as observed in non-experimental settings).