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    Default How do you keep your pugs entertained indoors??

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    I just wondered how everyone kept their pugs entertained on hot days when they have to stay in?

    I take them for a walk at 5am and again at 9pm, but the rest of the day they're stuck indoors and sleeping a lot. I don't want them to be bored.

    They have toys which I rotate but they're not always interested in them.

    Any ideas to keep them entertained? (without food or treats - they're on diets!)

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    Hold back some of their food from meals and use those as "training" (game) rewards.

    Ask for Come, Sit, Down, Sit, Stand (it's a series to shoot for!)... then one teeny tiny treat (or a game of tug - which will lead to teaching "mine" or "out" or "give it" and "Take it!")...

    3 five minute segments of this per day actually uses brain power and energy and will lead to napping in my experience.

    (I have been known to feed portions of meals in papertowel tubes with the ends folded in on themselves. This makes for a puzzle and fun for the food too.)

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    I love the papertowel tube idea. There are plenty of "food puzzle" toys available at the stores, but that one is cheap and easy to toss the tube after it's been chewed.

    Any type of training will help keep them entertained. You'll be surprised how quickly "mental work" can tire out a dog - learning a new trick or working on basic manners for 5 or 10 minutes is a great way to burn off energy.
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    BTW.. with more than one dog it can get quite, uh, fun.. as they try to beat each other to the desired result..

    I have beds in separate locations (not too close to each other) and send one to one and the other to another... toss a treat... then a release to each (and if necessary, toss a treat to lead them out of the bed... they quickly learn that IN the bed is like pushing a treat lever! Then you work on making the rewards farther apart in time... and demanding more - not just to the bed, but sitting.. then laying in it.. then head down.. this all takes patients and no words... clicker training is something to look at, but it's not necessary for all this.

    I can now LOOK at my dog, and look at the bed I want him to go to and he does it. Then I look at him and look at the tips of his paws and he puts his head on them. Then I try to toss a treat so that all that nice positioning is not lost! LOL
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    Will has some puzzle toys and things but one of the things I do to try to keep him occupied is ask him to sit then throw a towel on the floor.
    However it falls, hide treats here and there in the creases / underneath the towel etc.
    Could be biscuits / treats / anything really. We even tried blueberries once, has to be an old towel for obvious reasons!!

    Then release Will and he gets so excited scraping and scrabbling at the towel to find everything!
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    My pugs have liked the Animal Planet channel on TV. I leave the sound on low or off.
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    Well Gordon is a lazy Pug but he will sit on the bay window and look out when no human is at home. Since we got Bruno he probably spends time hiding from him . Bruno needs all sorts of attention. Poor guy does not fare well in heat at all so we had no walks . I did get the cool shirts and walked yesterday. I am his playmate. We got a variety of games. Tug of war, hiding toys , fetching ball, hiding mommy, pretend chasing and anything I come up with. We do take short rides in the car that is more for Gordon so. I look for places to take my guys, pet stores, home improvement stores, Apple store, beer tap rooms etc and visit my work. Once the weather is cool again we hit the dog park , meetups and the K-9 Cafe .
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    These ideas are great, thanks :)

    I've started putting some of their meals aside to use for training and also to put in slow feeders and kongs etc.

    Winston is quite lazy and seems happy to sleep, cuddle with us and look out the window, but draco has more energy so trying to keep him occupied when it's so hot outside is a nightmare.

    Only 21 days until they fly to the UK and I can take them to dog parks and dog meet ups etc. Can't wait; They're lives will be so much more enriched than they are now :) x

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    A game of tug is really helpful for us, as an engaging activity. We use a Kong rope toy for this. Our Pepper hasn't quite got the "give it" part of it yet, though. Once we do get it, we throw it and she runs and brings it back for another session. So there is some exercise involved.

    Quote Originally Posted by ayleash View Post
    Hold back some of their food from meals and use those as "training" (game) rewards.

    Ask for Come, Sit, Down, Sit, Stand (it's a series to shoot for!)... then one teeny tiny treat (or a game of tug - which will lead to teaching "mine" or "out" or "give it" and "Take it!")...

    3 five minute segments of this per day actually uses brain power and energy and will lead to napping in my experience.

    (I have been known to feed portions of meals in papertowel tubes with the ends folded in on themselves. This makes for a puzzle and fun for the food too.)
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