A cute puppy fetches a tennis ball inside the apartment. There are plenty of options for indoor exercise when you live in small spaces or when it’s too cold outside.
Dogs need daily exercise, and things like it being too cold or hot outside or the days getting shorter shouldn’t get in the way. One of the most critical parts of Cesar’s teachings is that you must walk your dog every day, several times a day, no matter what the weather is like. However, if you cannot take your dog out because it’s unsafe, here are some tips on working out your dog’s body and mind indoors. Remember, though, that our dogs need limitations, meaning that you control when and how long they engage in indoor play. Substituting other activities for the walk for too long and too often may lead to your dog developing unhealthy obsessions.

Ideas for Indoor Exercise

Run Your Dog Up and Down the Stairs

Using the stairs is a great way to tire out your dog. The steps add challenge to a dog’s workout, as they engage different muscles than those used on a regular walk or run and add an extra level of difficulty with the elevation change. Stand at the top of the stairs and throw a toy down to your dog. When your dog grabs the toy, call his name and have him bring the toy to you. After several rounds of this, he’ll be winded.

Set Up Obstacle Courses

Whenever Cesar enters someone’s house on the show, he looks around for things in the environment that can be repurposed to help the dog. Like using that old hula hoop for him to leap through or using cushions to create a tunnel for him to navigate. Map everything out and lead your dog through the various obstacles. This game will challenge your dog both mentally and physically.

Make Your Dog Work For its Treats

Take a variety of your dog’s favorite treats and hide them around the house – behind doors, under tables, underneath rugs, etc. Your dog will be so busy tracking down his treats that he’ll physically tire out in the process. Treat dispensing toys are another great way to keep your dog active and engage them physically as they push around their toys and try to get to the food inside.

Keep Away and Fetch

Engage your dog in a good old-fashioned game of fetch and keep away. These games keep your dog engaged and active and help to release pent-up energy.

Take a Socialized Outing

Put your dog in the car (always remember to use a car restraint!) and head to the nearest pet store. Walk your dog through the aisles, let him try out toys, and sniff around.

Get Your Dog On the Treadmill

A treadmill is a great way to get your dog a dose of healthy indoor exercise. First, allow your dog to get comfortable with the sight and sound of a running treadmill. Next, place your dog on the treadmill and give him a treat. Turn the treadmill to the lowest speed. Give him treats to keep him on the treadmill. You may use the dog’s leash as an aid but never tie your dog to the treadmill. Also, standing in front of the treadmill and rewarding him with treats for walking might make your dog feel more comfortable. Once your dog is adjusted, you can gradually increase the speed to provide a more challenging workout.
Be extremely careful when putting your dog on the treadmill. If your dog isn’t confident, it won’t go well. Talk to your vet about this to make sure it’s the right fit for your dog.

Tug of War—But Be Aware of the Risks

With the number of ropes and toys available that encourage tug of war, it’s not surprising that so many dog owners play this game with their dogs. However, you need to be aware of the risk. It’s a game that brings out the predator in your dog and can be unhealthy for your relationship if you don’t have trust and respect, to begin with. It will help if you control your dog’s power and instincts before engaging in a healthy game of tug of war with them.

How Can I Exercise My Dog Without Walking?

Dogs need exercise, and most people take their dogs for walks to provide that. But what if you can’t walk your dog for some reason? There are other ways to exercise your dog. Some of these methods might be new, but they’re worth trying. Keep your dog healthy and happy with some creative exercises!


Dogs require different bathing schedules based on their breed, lifestyle, and health. Most dog owners know that bathing too often can dry the skin and coat, but not cleaning enough can cause problems. Consult your veterinarian to develop a schedule that is best for your furry friend. There are many factors to consider when determining how often your dog needs a bath!

Teach New Tricks

Teaching a dog new tricks is an enjoyable activity for both the dog and the owner, but it can also provide an excellent workout for the dog and help stimulate its mind. Dogs that are given regular opportunities to learn new things are typically less bored and more active, which can lead to better overall health.

How Can I Exercise My Dog Without a Yard?

Most people think that for a dog to get exercise, they need to have a yard. But this isn’t always the case. There are plenty of ways to get your furry friend moving, even if you don’t have a lot of space. All you need is some creativity and a little bit of effort.

Find an Agility Course

Dogs require different bathing schedules based on their breed, lifestyle, and health. Most dog owners know that bathing too often can dry the skin and coat, but not cleaning enough can cause problems. Consult your veterinarian to develop a schedule that is best for your furry friend. There are many factors to consider when determining how often your dog needs a bath!

Take Your Dog to Work

Does your employer allow you to bring your dog to work? If so, this is an excellent opportunity to give your pup new sites and sounds to explore. Take your furry friend for a walk for exercise and activity during your breaks.

Go to the Park

City parks are great places to take your dog for an enjoyable walk, and many will have fenced fields that can make this even more fun. Be respectful of any policies on using the area with unleashed dogs.

Take a Hike

Taking your dog on a trail walk is not just an opportunity to get some fresh air and enjoy nature, and it’s also good exercise for you both! The trails are more interesting than the sidewalk and provide a change of scenery.
A woman and her dog play together inside by learning new tricks and playing hide and sick. Read here for more ideas on indoor dog exercise.

How Can I Exercise My Dog If I Live In an Apartment?

If you’re like most pet owners, you have to exercise your dog regularly. But if you live in an apartment, this can be a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, there are plenty of great ways to get your dog moving in even the smallest space.

Feeder Toys

Food-dispensing toys are a great option to get your pup to work for their meal. It could take time for them to realize their dinner is part of the game.

Indoor Obstacle Course

You’d be surprised at the amount of items you can turn into an obstacle course, even if you live in a small apartment. The secret is to repurpose furniture you already have. Move the couch a couple of feet away from the wall for a tunnel, or cover your table with a sheet.

Hide the Treat

“Hide the Treat” is an exciting game for your dog that will have them running around searching for treats! You can train them to find these goodies by teaching them to use their nose to find where you’ve hidden goodies throughout your apartment.
What’s your dog’s favorite indoor exercise? Tell us all about it in the comments.

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