Fun Indoor Games for Dogs

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When the weather is too poor for your dog’s daily walk, there are plenty of other ways to make sure that exercise is still on the agenda. Try one of these entertaining indoor games instead!

Hide and Seek

Even your dog can join in this game! While your dog is not in the room, grab one of their favourite dog toys and treats and hide yourself. Call your dog back into the room and wait to be found. Rewarding your dog once they successfully find you should make the game more enjoyable for your pet. Try to strike a good balance when hiding – if it’s too easy, your dog may lose interest and if it’s too hard, they will probably get frustrated.

Hide the Treat

On a similar theme, try hiding your dog’s favourite dog treats while they are out of the room. For this game to work, said treat will need to have a strong enough smell or your dog may not even realise that there is a game in progress! To begin with, look to make it fairly easy for the treats to be found before upping the difficulty level as your dog gets more accomplished at finding the goodies.


This game incorporates both exercise and training so it will require some groundwork before you get started. Your dog will need to understand that the toy can only be grabbed on command and must be dropped when you say so. Without this prior training, the game can easily become overly aggressive.

Simon Says

Test your dog’s grasp of training commands in a game of “Simon Says”. Switch the commands up regularly so that the game doesn’t get too predictable or easy. Reward your dog with treats with for every success


If you have enough space, you can set up a makeshift agility course using rolled-up blankets as obstacles. Walk your dog through the course a few times for them to get used to it and to encourage them to hop over the hurdles. Once you are confident that your dog is used to the idea, go to the other side of the room and prompt them to come to you via the course.

Stairway Dash

If your home has stairs, this activity will help to burn some calories. Throw a ball upstairs and encourage your dog to scamper after it. Once the ball has been retrieved, let you dog return downstairs at a leisurely pace to reduce the risk of joint strain and injury before repeating the game.

NB: This game is not recommended for younger dogs due to the likelihood that their joints will not yet have developed enough. Or dogs suffering any type of hip or arthritis complaint.

Which indoor games do you play with your dog(s)? Let us know in the comments section below!

[Photo Credits: cheesy42]

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  • shirley

    Play tug which morgan my collie leaves when I say mine .also has very old Kong which was my bull mastiff s he loves trying 2 get treats out .and we do some command work for treats .sit stand down wait etc.

    • Animed

      Shirley, yes very important when playing tug-o-war that they do understand when to let go!

      • shirley

        Yes morgan knows when I say mine he leaves his toy .He is trained to a good standard as I was an instructor for puppy’s and intermediate classes ..under the guidance of a British standard dog trainer. And have done some 1 2 1 training .

  • Sophie Heffer

    My hallway just long enuff to play a little bit of fetch wiv my staffie Alfie gud excercise for him wivout gettin cold and wet.

    • Animed

      Sophie that’s a great supplement to a regular walk.

  • julie shaw

    I play hide & seek with small training treats (liver ones are good as they have a stronger smell) with my Westie, Archie. He loves it & waits paitently in the kitchen while I hide about 10-15 treats in the lounge. Then at the call of “Archie seek” he comes haring into the room. He’s got so good at it, I now hide them under rugs, mats, cushions & up high where he “asks” for it when he finds it.
    Great fun & I found it easy to teach Archie.

  • Margaret Alderson

    I struggle with my two Border Terrier brothers as they won’t play with toys!! Tried since they were 8 weeks old and they are nearly 4 now!!! anybody have any ideas what I could do with them? even thought about buying a treadmill!!!!!

    • Jo Moore

      If they enjoy nice tasty treats like cheese or liver…you can do the hiding game start small maybe a few plastic cups in the middle of the room with a treat underneath one…then let them find it..maybe use the command “go find”. Then you can make the game bigger as others have suggested and put them all around one room and let them find them they will hurry around and burn off some energy that way too :)

      • Animed


        That’s a great suggestion, terriers can prove difficult to keep their interest up.

  • Alison Carr

    Hi – my young lab needs so much exercise whilst out, but the old lady plods along as best she can. At night (dark evenings) this was a problem as finding balls in the dark was not always possible in the local parks. We then got some Chuckit Glow Balls (medium for ball throwers), and now the game goes on even on these dark mornings/evenings! Just charge the flourescent ball under a strip light for 10 mins + and away one goes for half an hour of chasing in the dark (can charge a bit more with a torch whilst out). Great products as no batteries and the hole through the middle encourages the dogs to squeeze it hard. Good strong product even for tough chewers – but they DON’T float!

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