There are many reasons why indoor games may be a better and safer choice than heading outside for a walk, a romp in the yard, or heading to the dog park. Some of the reasons why it's good to keep some fun indoor games in mind for your dog are:
- Although new to 2020, COVID-19 is an excellent reason to keep playtime indoors. This global pandemic has affected both humans and animals. Though we are still learning about this virus every day, we know it can make our dogs sick and, in rare cases, result in death.
- Rain can end outdoor activities for the day, but a dog still needs exercise, so indoor games are the next best thing. And, though a little rain isn’t a big deal, it is safest to stay indoors during thunderstorms. Even dogs who do not regularly have issues with thunder may become fearful outside during a storm.
- Even more dangerous than rain is extreme heat, which can lead to dogs being unable to play outside without risk of heatstroke and damage to the pads of their feet.
- Cold weather can also make playtime outdoors impossible, especially with bitter cold when there is a danger of frostbite from spending too much time outside. Plus, walking in the winter without boots can harm your dog’s paws, especially from chemicals that melt the ice.