Indoor Exercises for Dogs


Engage your dog's natural instincts by playing hide-and-seek indoors. Hide in different areas of the house and call your dog's name, encouraging them to find you. This game provides mental stimulation and physical exercise as they search for you. 


If you have a spacious hallway or living room, play a game of indoor fetch. Use soft toys or lightweight balls to prevent any accidents. Clear away any fragile items and create a safe space for your dog to retrieve the toy. 

Tug of War 

Grab a sturdy rope toy and engage in a friendly game of tug of war with your dog. This activity helps strengthen their jaw muscles and provides a great outlet for their energy. Ensure you establish clear rules and maintain control during play. 

Staircase Workouts 

Utilize the staircase for a mini workout session. Encourage your dog to climb up and down the stairs under your supervision. This exercise helps build their leg muscles and provides cardiovascular benefits. Ensure the stairs are safe and non-slippery. 

Obstacle Course 

Create an indoor obstacle course using household items like cushions, tunnels, and low hurdles. Guide your dog through the course, encouraging them to jump, crawl, and maneuver around the obstacles. This activity engages their mind and body. 

Interactive Toys 

Invest in interactive toys that stimulate your dog's mental and physical abilities. Puzzle toys and treat-dispensing toys keep them entertained and engaged. Fill these toys with treats or kibble, encouraging your dog to solve the puzzle to access the reward. 

Indoor Agility Training 

Set up a mini agility course in your living room using cones, tunnels, and low jumps. Teach your dog basic agility commands like "jump" and "tunnel." This activity provides mental and physical stimulation while improving their coordination and focus. 

Obedience Training 

Engage your dog's mind and reinforce good behavior by incorporating obedience training sessions into your indoor routine. Teach them new commands, practice recall, and work on obedience skills.  

Treadmill Exercise 

If you have a treadmill at home, you can train your dog to use it for exercise. Start with slow speed and gradual introductions, rewarding them with treats and praise. Always supervise your dog during treadmill workouts. 

Dancing or Freestyle 

Engage in a fun dance session with your dog. Put on some music and guide your dog through simple dance moves or freestyle movements.