According to the Weather Network, it’s time for us Vancouverites to settle in for a nice long bout of rain.I know we’re not the only ones. Some places have been facing the rain for weeks already. Some of you are under a fat coating of snow. I know, we’ve had a super lovely Fall/Winter so far, so apparently, I’m not allowed to be upset. (HA! Like that is going to stop me.) The weather has been beautiful, so Koly, Fe and I have been able to stay really active.
When the weather is bad, it’s harder to get out and have fun.Living in a notoriously rainy climate, we’ve come up with some surefire ways to help keep the dogs active, busy and entertained when we can’t go out and play.
- Tug and Flirt Pole… on the Bed Kolchak absolutely loves a game of tug and he thinks the flirt pole is so much fun, but we’ve always limited these activities to outdoor. After all, we do live in an apartment and I’m pretty sure it sounds like a herd of baby elephants when he jumps. Then, last year, Pamela from Something Wagging rocked my world and suggested that we play these games on the bed. She is brilliant. Koly, Fe and I love it.”No jumping on the bed!” HA! Those are words you’ll never hear at Casa de Kolchak.
- Trick Training One of the best ways to keep Koly busy and happy is to work on learning new tricks & behaviours. He loves to work and learn. A half hour of working on something new makes him almost as sleepy as a walk. Right now, we’re working on a special trick for our Christmas photos and practicing is the highlight of his day. Every night, after dinner, he comes and sits in front of me, waiting.Trying challenging yourself to teach your dog a new trick or learn a variation on an old favourite when the weather is bad.
- Food Puzzles I’ve saved the best (or Koly’s favourite) for last. Food puzzles are my savings grace in the Winter. There is nothing that grabs my dog’s attention like a puzzle toy crammed with something tasty. If your dog eats kibble, you can serve their dinner in a puzzle.For raw feeders, like us, it can be a bit more difficult. We’ve always fill our treat puzzles with chopped carrots, small treats, a small (snack sized) amount of grain free kibble. Then we learned something really cool: The Nina Ottosan puzzles from The Company of Animals are great for raw feeders. The plastic puzzles are dishwasher safe, meaning that I can put our ground raw meat mix in these puzzles and sanitize them after. This has totally changed meal times at Casa de Kolchak.I also love that there as so many puzzles for dogs in varying levels of difficulty. Kolchak is very food motivated. A few years ago, we bought him a Dog Casino and oh.my.woof. he loves it. This is one of the most difficult puzzles out there and he rocks it. Fe on the other hand, will work for his supper, but if the puzzle is too hard, he’ll resort to chewing on the plastic. The Mix Max puzzles are a perfect “starter” puzzle. Each puzzle piece fits together to make the puzzle more challenging the more pieces you use.Solving a food puzzle is also a great mental work out and it can help you busy dog busy.