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How to Keep your Dog Active in Cold Weather

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how to keep your dog active during cold weather

Winter is around the corner and although the temperature is dropping, your dog’s exercise schedule shouldn’t cool off with it. Whether it’s too cold for your dog or simply too much work to bundle up for a daily walk, your dog still needs to get adequate exercise!  

When your dog doesn’t use their built-up energy every day, it can cause problems not only for their physical health, but also their mental health. Dogs may become lethargic and lazy which may lead to pet obesity or restlessness which can result in abnormal and undesirable behaviors. 

If the temperature continues to drop in your area and you or your pup don’t want to brave the cold, check out a few ideas to keep your dog active even during chilly weather! 

Stair Games 

You can use a flight or stairs in your house for intense fetch. Throw your dog’s favorite toy and have them bring it back to you. This will not just tucker your pup but also will help burn lots of calories.  

Toys 

Pet-safe toys are an easy and effective way for your dog to be entertained indoors. To keep their interest high, introduce a new toy on a regular basis or rotate your dog’s toys to keep them entertained. Food or treat dispensing toys are becoming increasingly popular as they keep a dog’s interest for an extended period of time knowing a reward is in sight. Be aware, every treat adds calories to your furry friend’s diet. Please consult your local veterinarian before you make any big shifts in your dog’s diet. 

Play Hide & Seek 

Tell your dog to stay. After that, you can walk away and hide somewhere else in your home. Once you’ve found your perfect spot, call their name in an energetic tone. You can keep calling them until you find them. When they do, praise them and give them lots and lots of love. This game can also be played with dogs who are unfamiliar with the “stay” command. Have someone hold them until you are ready to hide. This game is not only a great way to get your furry friend moving, but it also strengthens the bond between you and your pup! 

Arrange a Play Date 

Invite a few of your dog’s furry friends over for a play date. This will surely keep them active and entertained because after all, nothing is better than spending time with their BFFFs (Best Furry Friends Forever)! 

Outdoor Play 

Your dog may enjoy playing in the snow, and it is a great way for them to release some of their excess energy. If you allow your pup to play outside, frequently check the pads of their paws for any cracking or bleeding. Sidewalks and walkways can be icy and slippery and the rock salt used to add traction can irritate your dog’s paws. After every walk, check your dog’s paws for debris or ice buildup and wipe them down with a warm, wet cloth when they come inside. Ice accumulation can be prevented by keeping your dog’s hair neatly between his pads. 

Indoor Dog Daycare 

Want a better way to give your dog some much needed exercise and socialization? Give your pup an exciting day of play at Dogtopia! They will enjoy a fun-filled day of safe socialization with other like-minded pups, interaction with our loving and highly trained team, plenty of exercise and best of all, the opportunity to burn off all their built-up energy. No matter what the weather outside is, our indoor open playrooms are the best place for your furry friend. They can get exercise, socialization and education no matter the conditions. You’ll love picking up a tired and very content pup at the end of a full day of play. More information is available here find a Dogtopia location near you. 

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