I’ve got cabin fever!
Sitting here in upstate New York with snow and ice and general ickiness outside, it’s easy to get that horrible all over itchy twitchy feeling of cabin fever. Dogs have it even worse, as they run from end to end of the kitchen and bounce in place. They want to go out- and lose you in the several feet of snow outside the door! A solution to your blues is to set up an agility course inside! Here’s some ideas to get you started. Any ideas? Anything you’ve done?
- Snake a tunnel through and around the dining room table. It can get pretty complex!
- Set up Cavalettis or a ladder in a hallway and walk your dog up and down them. This has the added benefit of being an aerobic exercise, as well as good ‘send away’ practice.
- Train contacts and motion with a rockerboard or mini contact equipment! Your dog doesn’t need an entire course to practice his contacts and learn to avoid flyoffs. If you have a small to medium dog, you can even set up a teeter inside!
- Weave down the hallway. Set up a set or two along a wall. While yes, that means your dog can not pop out on one side, it’s still practice, and they’re still learning weaves.
- Practice startline behaviors. Prepare his dinner with him sitting way far away, where he can still see you. Your dog needs to stay even as you set the bowl down, and walk away from the bowl, until you say those wonderful, glorious words… ‘Go!’
- Set up duffle jumps– these great jumps are small, preset to your dogs’ height category, and extremely easy to store! They’re my personal favorite for indoor use, since they’re so little. (And they are all under $15!)
Share your indoor agility ideas below!
…Terry, you’re mean! It’s about 21 degrees today, with several inches of snow on the ground.
Might I suggest halogen lights? *grin* SOMEBODY has to be able to still have fun this winter!
This is all just to make me feel guilty about living in Southern California where it’s been 70 degrees lately. And we complain because it dark by the time we get home from work so we put off training in the back yard. Shame on us!!!
I’ve created jumps out of snow. She loves to leap over great big piles of snow into more snow. I think it’s her most favourite thing EVER. If we could set up a whole outside snow-made agility run, she’d be the happiest dog on earth.
That is such a fun idea Crysania! (and wow, pretty name too). I’d love to see that in action. I can see a snow tunnel now…