You know the old adage, “A tired Weim is a good Weim.” Well that’s all well and good when it’s not cold, snowy or raining out! Maybe your Weim is a weather wimp, or maybe not… but what if YOU are? What do you do to keep your Weim properly exercised and stimulated when you are both cramped inside the house?
- Obedience – Mental challenges will tire your Weim out almost as good as physical exercise. Ramp up the old skills; even the top obedience dogs need repetition to keep in tip top form, so go through the paces, and then introduce some more complex elements to your routine.
- Tricks and Games – They may not have a true practical purpose other than to amuse you (and maybe some drunk guests) but if it saves your house from being chewed to pieces from boredom, I say go for it! I recommend Kyra Sundance’s book, 101 Dog Tricksfeaturing her Weimaraners. Laid out step by step, you can follow the book to teach your Weim to jump rope, wave, bow, etc. 101 is a lot of tricks and should keep you and your Weim busy for a long time!
- Interactive and Treat Dispensing Toys – Puzzles for your dog, I love it! I have to give a nod to Kong again, one of my favorite dog toy brands. They came out with a toy called the Kong Wobbler that makes the traditional Kong more interactive by dispensing food out of a hole when it’s pushed or pawed. (Quick hint: If your Weim masters this one too quickly you can add a small toy inside to keep the treats from dispensing too fast or you can make the hole smaller by using some tape inside.)
- Fetch – Hallways work great for this, and if you have stairs, use them! Running up and down stairs is great exercise!
- Find it – Have your Weim find you or find a toy. If your Weim already has a solid stay, you can hide yourself, release your dog and have them find you. They catch on to this one really quickly. If your Weim doesn’t have a solid stay, then use this time indoors to teach it and reward their stay (and self control) with a release to find a favorite toy. When I first teach this, I use this particular duck “squeaker” toy which continues to make noise for a few seconds after you squeeze it. This helps the dog when you are first introducing this game to find the toy more quickly.
What do you do to keep your Weims occupied when you can’t take them out?
Photo courtesy of NorthLink Weimaraners.