Walking your dog daily is a necessary part of dog ownership. However, despite your best efforts, life sometimes gets in the way. Maybe the weather is terrible, you’re not feeling well, or you’ve already gone on three walks and your dog is still bouncing off the walls.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help you. There are plenty of ways for your dog to get exercise without even leaving the house. Here are nine fun alternatives to walking that you and your dog will both love.
This one seems obvious, but it’s also easy to forget when you’re thinking of dog exercise options. If you’re feeling extra lazy, get a ball launcher that lets your dog play fetch on their own.
Yes, you read that right! There are dog yoga classes called Doga, or you can practice yoga with your dog in the comfort of your home. Just come armed with patience and a sense of humor, and don’t be too surprised if your dog doesn’t quite get the whole “quiet concentration” aspect. If nothing else your giving your dog some one on one attention!
A flirt pole is essentially a fishing pole for your dog to play with. You can purchase one, or you can build one at home with a stick, some string, and a few choice dog toys (that you don’t mind getting torn up). Just attach your dog’s favorite toy to the end of the string, and go nuts.
Disclaimer: some dogs love chasing bubbles, and others are completely indifferent to them. But if your dog falls into the former category, bubbles are a fun and inexpensive way to while away the afternoon. You can use regular non-toxic bubble solution, or get special dog bubbles that feature flavors dogs love, like peanut butter or bacon.
Hire a dog walker
And of course, you can always turn to finding a dog walker when your dog needs a walk. : )