Winter Enrichment Tips

Keeping Your Dog Happy Indoors: Winter Entertainment Tips 

| January 26, 2024

As the temperature drops and winter sets in, it can be challenging to keep your canine companion entertained, especially when long walks and outdoor playtime become limited. However, there are plenty of indoor activities and games that can keep your dog mentally and physically stimulated during the colder months. Here are some winter enrichment tips to ensure your pup stays happy and active even when it’s too cold to venture outside for extended periods. 

Interactive Toys

Invest in interactive toys that dispense treats or engage your dog’s problem-solving skills. Puzzle feeders, treat balls, and other toys that dispense snacks as your dog plays with them can provide mental stimulation and keep them occupied for extended periods. 

Tug of War

A game of tug can be an excellent way for your dog to release pent-up energy. Use a sturdy rope toy and engage in a friendly tug of war. Be sure to let your dog win often to keep it fun. When you are ready to put the tug toy away trade for a high value treat to encourage a happy “drop it” behaviour. 

Training Sessions

Winter is an ideal time to reinforce or teach new skills. Short training sessions not only stimulate your dog mentally but also strengthen your bond. Toronto Humane Society is currently offering $24 off all group canine training classes – which means that you and your pup can enroll into 6 classes such as Foundation Skills, Puppy Manners and Socialization, Polite Family Dog Advanced Manners, and more, for $156. Our certified and experienced trainers will show you how to use positive reinforcement techniques and provide reinforcement for a job well done. 

Hide and Seek

This classic game is not just for kids. Dogs love the thrill of searching for hidden treats or toys. Start by hiding a few treats around the house and encourage your dog to find them. Gradually increase the difficulty by placing treats in more challenging spots. 

Set Up a Playdate

If your dog enjoys the company of other furry friends, arrange playdates with dogs they get along with. This not only provides exercise but also social interaction, which is crucial for a dog’s well-being. 


Sometimes, all your dog needs is a little extra attention. Spend quality time cuddling, grooming, (if your pet enjoys these activities) or simply sitting with your pup – this is certainly the best of all winter enrichment tips. If your pet is not so thrilled about cuddling and grooming, reading to your pet can be a great alternative. Dogs thrive on companionship, and your presence is often the best form of entertainment.