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10 Fun Things to Do at Home With Your Dog

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Pet parents agree, having a furry friend is one of the best things ever and so much fun. To keep a happy dog, here’s a list of fun things to do at home with your dog.

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Whether you have energetic dogs, older dogs, small dogs, or a new puppy, your canine companion is your loyal sidekick.

Your furry friend is always ready to give unconditional love, play a game of fetch, and have never-ending entertainment.

But if you’re stuck at home, how can you keep your pup entertained?

Well, worry not – we’ve got you covered!

Here are 10 fun things to do at home with your dog that will keep them engaged and happy all day long!

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Enjoy Dog Puzzle Games and Old Fashioned Games

Puzzles are always a fun activity and a great way to test your pup’s problem-solving skills while providing great mental stimulation for your dog’s mind.

With so many different dog puzzles and snuffle mats available, you can make your pup’s day a lot more fun.

Start with a simple dog treats puzzle toy and work your way up to more complex ones.

You can even make your own!

Fun Things to do at Home with Your Dog puzzles

All you need for a fun game and great indoor activities are some cardboard boxes, some treats, and a few strategically placed holes.

To create this classic game, place treats inside and watch your pup figure out how to get them out.

For other fun activities and interactive games, you can create a great game by using household items like old t-shirts with hidden treats rolled up and tied at the end.

Fun Things to do at Home with Your Dog games

In addition, another good idea is to play the cup game (or shell game) where the dog finds the hidden treat or tennis balls under one of three cups after your move them around.

Just take one treat, show your dog then place three cups in a row (one hides the treat) shuffle them around and have your dog guess. This game is one of the easiest ways to enjoy some indoor games on rainy days. 

These games are all simple ways to enjoy a good time at home with your pup and the great thing is – they are budget-friendly.

Go On a Quality Time Scavenger Hunt

No time for a long walk, road trip, or trip to the local park, or the national parks? Bike ride out of the question? Then plan a scavenger hunt right from home!

This is a great way to get some dog nose work and to keep them engaged all while having a great time enjoying each other’s company. 

A fun way to begin is to hide their favorite toys or treats around the house and let them clue in on the clues you’ve left behind. 

Fun Things to do at Home with Your Dog scavenger hunt

You could also introduce new things like treat-dispensing toys to find during their indoor fun scavenger hunt.

Don’t forget to offer lots of praise in front of your dog so they find the scavenger hunt to be a positive experience.

One of the best ways to make it a bit more challenging is by hiding the treats in harder-to-reach spots like maybe around the living room. 

This is the perfect opportunity to keep your dog entertained for hours finding all sorts of different things!

A Home is a Great Place for an Indoor Doggy Play Date

If you have a pup-friendly friend who is a dog owner as well, then why not have an indoor doggy play date? 

This is the perfect way to keep your pup entertained with someone other than their family members and to give them a chance to socialize. 

Fun Things to do at Home with Your Dog playdate

Whether your friend brings their pup or not – having social time is beneficial.

To enjoy some physical activity and social engagement, all you need is a few of your dog’s toys, a few treats, and some supervised playtime. 

The best part is, your pup will love it and already looking forward to the next time their friends come over to play with all their favorite things.

Create an Obstacle Course for Physical Exercise

A better way to enjoy some indoor or outdoor time is by setting up an obstacle course.

First, the best thing to decide is if you have enough space indoors or outdoors for this dog work obstacle course.

If you decide indoors, all you need is a few items from around the house, such as chairs, boxes, and blankets. 

Fun Things to do at Home with Your Dog obstacle course

Set these items up to encourage your pup to jump, crawl, and weave through them. 

Make sure to reward them with positive reinforcement as well as treats (like yummy peanut butter ones) and lots of love!

This fun event gives your dog’s sense of accomplishment and can benefit them in the long run with obedience training.

Have a Movie Night with Your Dog Best Friend

After puzzle time, doggy play dates, and maybe a game of play tug of war, nothing beats a movie night with your pup! 

Fun Things to do at Home with Your Dog movie night

Cuddle up with your canine and some of their favorite treats and pick out a pup-friendly movie. Or, maybe just watch Animal Planet together.

Teach Your Dog New Tricks

Every pup loves to learn new tricks or even just some basic commands!

However, if your pup already knows the basics, why not take it up a notch and teach them something more challenging?

Fun Things to do at Home with Your Dog tricks

Great for mental exercise, you can find plenty of tutorials online for teaching your pup more complex tricks, such as “roll over” and “sit pretty”. It’s a great way to keep them engaged and to give you both something to bond over.

According to the American Kennel Club, clicker training is also a way to work with your pup.

Practice Agility Training

Agility training is a great way to keep your pup’s mind fresh and expel excess energy while getting great exercise. It’s also a great way to bond with your pup. 

Fun Things to do at Home with Your Dog agility

Much like an obstacle course, if you have the space, you can even create your own agility course indoors or outdoors.

You can find plenty of tutorials online for creating your own course. Just make sure to use safe materials that won’t hurt your pup if they make a wrong turn.

Have a Paw-ty

Why not throw a paw-ty for your dog?

Invite all their furry friends (or just some dog-loving human ones), set up a dog toy or two, some doggy decorations, and serve up some pup-friendly snacks. 

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There are a ton of homemade dog treat recipes on Pinterest that are sure to please all the guests.

Get Creative with Crafts

Crafts are a great way to keep you and your pup entertained together for hours. 

Fun Things to do at Home with Your Dog crafts

Perhaps you can make: 

  • Frame a picture of them at their favorite dog park 
  • Start a journal to track their daily walks
  • A gift for their dog walker
  • Add their name to their favorite tennis or softball

In addition, you can make all sorts of pup-friendly crafts, such as DIY dog beds, pup-friendly toys, and pup-friendly treats. 

You can also get creative and make custom collars and bandanas for your pup. They’ll love the extra attention and their new look!

Take Some Paw-some Photos

If you love taking photos, then why not take some paw-some photos of your pup?

 Set up a photo booth, grab a few props, and snap away! 

Fun Things to do at Home with Your Dog photos

You can also get creative and make a photo album, create a custom calendar for your pup, or even make a custom mug with your pup’s face on it.

These are all great for keepsakes and add to cherished memories.

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Final Thoughts

Staying at home with your pup doesn’t have to be boring. 

With these 10 fun things to do at home with your dog, you and your pup will have plenty of things to do to stay entertained and engaged. And who knows? You might even create a few memories that you’ll both cherish for years to come. 

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and start having fun with your pup!

Ready to have some fun with your pup? Try out these 10 fun things to do at home with your dog and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Your turn! 

Do you love planning time at home with your pup? Which of these fun things to do at home with your dog is your favorite?


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  1. You always have the best ideas. Thanks for sharing

    1. Hi Daisy!

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  2. Whitney Stewart says:

    These were all such cute ideas! My sister has a cat not a dog, but maybe she can do a few of these with him! There’s no harm in trying right? Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Whitney!

      I absolutely think a lot of these ideas will work for cats, too! That sounds like a fun plan!

      Thank you for reading!

  3. Dogs are one of the wonderful creatures on this earth. Love these ideas. I especially love the creating an obstacle course idea. Thanks for putting this awesome post together!

    1. Hi Hari!

      The obstacle course idea is one of my favorite fun things to do at home with my dog, too.

      Thank you for reading!

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  4. What a fun post! My little 14 year old guy loves treats and selfies. And we have plenty of both! Love your site!

    1. Hi Susan!

      Thank you for the kind words! I’m so excited you found the 10 fun things to do at home with your dog post fun. Your pup sounds very lucky to enjoy all those treats and selfies!

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  5. Wow – this is such a fun list! I needed some good ideas for indoor activities the other day because it was snowing and I can’t wait to try some of these ideas out next time the weather is too harsh to go outside.

    Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Hi Courtney!

      I hope your pup enjoys some of these 10 fun things to do at home!

      Thank you for reading!

  6. I love the pictures of the cute dogs! Very good information.

  7. This is a fun blog, love all the dogs pictures. My girl went to doggy heaven , but I like to read about all dogs

  8. I love the printables. I want to print these for my grands to use to color. They love animals.

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