Life tips

Teach Your Dog to “Find the Treats” for a Fun Game

Teach your dog to ‘find their treats’ by hiding them throughout the house. Simple nose work games are a great way to keep your dog busy & mentally stimulated. It’s Laika’s favorite indoor game by far. (Looking for some more indoor games? Here’s 33 simple ways to keep your dog busy indoors)

Make Your Own DIY Flirt Pole

Make a flirt pole for dogs that love to chase and/or have a strong prey drive. Just remember to take it easy with this exercise since it’s pretty high impact and can be tough on a dog’s joints.

Make a Re-Stuffable Dog Toy

Does your dog go bonkers with stuffed toys? If your dog likes to rip stuffed animals apart you can make a re-stuffable dog toy.

Buy a Kiddie Pool For Your to Keep Your Dog Busy

Does your dog enjoy the water? Keep your dog cool in the summer by using a plastic kiddie pool out in the yard. They’re inexpensive, too. I got ours for about 4 bucks at my local Meijer.

Make Your Dog Their Own Digging Box

If your dog loves to dig keep you can keep your garden safe by teaching them to use their very own digging box.

Play a Nice Interactive Game of Tug With Your Dog

A 5 minute game of tug works wonders for tiring out your dog & letting him get rid of some of that pent up energy. (and no – it won’t make your dog aggressive despite the old myth)

Make Some Simple Frozen Dog Treats

Looking for an easy way to keep your dog busy? Make them some frozen dog treats. Freeze some broth in ice trays to give your dog a nice little treat on those hot summer days.

Alternate Their Toys to Keep Their Interest

Just like us dogs get bored with new stuff after awhile, and this includes their toys. Keep their interest by alternating their access to them. Once your dog hasn’t seen their blue ball in a month they’ll have a brand new appreciation for it the next time it makes an appearance.

Create a Barrier to Keep Your Dog Out of the Litterbox

Does your dog go straight for the littler box? He’s not alone, lots of dogs are attracted to kitty litter. Keep your dog from getting into the litter by elevating the box, creating a barrier around the box, or by using a covered litter box that your dog can’t get into.

Consider a Gym Membership

For long-term van campers, a gym membership is all but essential. The real beauty of a gym membership is that you’re never without a hot shower. Look for a gym with locations all across the U.S. so you can travel and shower with ease. Anytime Fitness and Planet Fitness are two of the best. Both have low monthly rates and tons of locations.