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Injured Dog - Things To Occupy Your Dog When They Are Hurt

When your dog gets injured and they can’t go out and exercise it can be a very frustrating time. You hear the words ‘no exercise for four weeks’ from your vet and wonder what on earth you are going to do to keep your dog happy. If your dog has a few weeks stuck resting at home then don’t despair, there are some things you can do that will at least keep their mind occupied.

Dogs can get a lot of pent up energy if they aren’t able to go on walks and burn it off. It’s important to find other ways to keep them busy and prevent them from getting bored which can lead to behavioural issues. You may need a bit more time and patience than usual, but it will be worth it to make their recovery more enjoyable. Obviously the activities you can do will depend on what type of injury your dog has, so it’s important to consult with your vet about what they can and cannot do.

Interactive games

There are lots of interactive games you can get for dogs that don’t require much physical activity. For example, interactive games for dogs are excellent for providing mental stimulation.


Depending on what sort of injury your dog has, they might be able to do some hydrotherapy to help them recover quicker and burn off excess energy.


Obedience training is a great activity to get your dog to use their brain. Just ten minutes of obedience training will tire their brain out and keep them occupied for a while.

Kong toys

Fill a with some delicious treats and let your dog enjoy themselves. This will distract them and get rid of some built up frustration. Kong toys are also great for when they are in the house on their own.

Scent games

Hide some treats around your home and get your dog to find them. If they can’t move around too much then you can hide some treats under cups and get them to sniff out the ones that have treats underneath them.


Stock up on some bones or antlers for your dog to chew on. This will help to prevent them from getting bored and give them something to do. Click here to view our range of treats for dogs.


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