Trainer reveals four simple tips for entertaining your dog indoors — and number three is brilliant for tiring them out!

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If you're looking for ideas on how to cool down a dog this summer, then one of the best things you can do is to prevent them getting too hot in the first place — and the easiest way to do that is to avoid taking them outside during the hottest parts of the day. 

While going for a walk on a hot summer's day with our beloved bundle of fluff by our side may sound appealing to those of us who like the heat, it can pose a serious threat to our dog's health and wellbeing.

"Heat stroke is extremely dangerous in dogs," says Julianna DeWillems, a certified trainer and founder of JW Dog Training & Behavior. "That's why during the hot summer months it’s usually important to stay indoors and limit exercise outside."

So, if it's getting too hot where you are for you and your pup to spend much time outdoors, take a look at DeWillems top tips below for how to entertain your dog indoors.

1. Get inventive with meal times: "Try putting your dog's meals into a slower feeder to build some activity into breakfast and dinner," DeWillems suggests. Getting your dog to work for their food is great for giving their brain a good workout, and it also helps slow them down, which is idea if you have a pup that tends to gobble their food up in record time.

2. Use a snuffle mat: "Use your dog's favorite treats in a snuffle mat for a fun and tiring sniffing game," says DeWillems. It's amazing how much sniffing can exhaust your dog, and it's great for providing them with some extra stimulation around the house.

3. Play games: DeWillems recommends you incorporate some fun training games into your daily routine. Once again, having your dog run and think is excellent for their physical and mental health, so check out our guide to indoor games for dogs if you're looking for some inspiration. 

4. Give your dog something to sink their teeth into: "Give your dog plenty of outlets to chew and shred," DeWillems advises. Doing so will help prevent destructive boredom-related behaviors, such as chewing your furniture or clothing. 

"Warmer months definitely require creativity when it comes to activity and exercise, so having a lot of options can make for a cool and relaxing summer," DeWillems says. 


Kathryn Williams
Freelance writer

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has been a member of the PetsRadar family since it launched in 2020. Highly experienced in her field, she's driven by a desire to provide pet parents with accurate, timely, and informative content that enables them to provide their fur friends with everything they need to thrive. Kathryn works closely with vets and trainers to ensure all articles offer the most up-to-date information across a range of pet-related fields, from insights into health and behavior issues to tips on products and training. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with her family (which includes one super sassy cat), drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and reading all the books.