So last month I shared with you our decision to take the Iams® Visible Differences Challenge, and I am so surprised by the difference. Just after a few weeks we’ve noticed a shinier coat and improved energy levels. She’s been wanting to play more and we’ve had to take longer walks, usually she’d want us to carry her after just a block or two. And all she would ever want to do is to lay around the house, my kids would literally beg (or bribe) her to play with them. The kids have even pointed out how much energy she’s had lately and they love it!
This week we’ve been stuck indoors because of rain and the temperature dropping, so I’ve been trying to find some boredom busters to keep our dog active while indoors. Plus these are great activities to keep in mind for those long winter days where your stuck inside.
Here are some fun games to play with your dog and most of these are perfect for including the kids too!
Find it – First have your dog smell their treat, then give them the cue to sit or stay. Next you’ll hide the treat to have them find it. You can start off by hiding the treat in front of them and gradually increasing the challenge by hiding it in a different room and out of sight.
Indoor Dog Parks – Many cities have indoor dog parks or doggy day cares, even some training facilities offer open play times. This is the perfect time to get together with a few friends and go!
Hide and Seek – This is by far one of Lanee’s favorite games, and it’s one that my toddlers LOVE to do with her. Have your dog sit and wait while the kids go find a hiding spot, then call them once everyone is hidden and praise them when they’ve found you.
Obstacle Course – This is another one that the kids love to help with, we use things around the house like my sons pop up tunnel and pillows to create an obstacle course around the house. This activity usually ends up with them chasing each other and turning into a game of tag.
We were previously feeding our dog a mainstream pet food and she was having so much trouble with belly problems. This past month after switching to Iams quality dog food she hasn’t had any problems and has actually been eating a lot more than she used too. Just like their owners, dogs feel better and are healthier when they eat quality food. With Iams we’ve been able to see the difference already, I can’t wait to see more changes. Have you tried Iams yet? What types of changes have you saw with the Iams Visible Differences Challenge?
And remember when switching your dogs food to follow your Vets safety rules. We gradually changed the proportions until she was just eating Iams.