During the colder months when the ground is covered with snow and the days are shorter, dog owners find it difficult for them to find ways to give their dogs enough exercise. Exercise is an important routine that shouldn’t stop just because it’s cold out. If your dog lacks exercise, they could have too much energy pinned up which can actually cause aggression. On days when it’s just impossible for you to take your dog out, there are ways for you to give your dog it’s much needed exercise time.
Here are the top 4 ways for you to keep your pup’s routine going through the winter months.
Play Games with Them
Play a round of hide and seek. It’s both physically and mentally engaging for them. You can also hide a treat or their favorite toy, however its way more interesting if they actually come and find you. You can start by throwing treats at the dog so it goes away and then hide in another room. The game can tire your dog out as they rush around searching for things, and it’s also a good way to reinforce the “come” command.
Challenge their Nose
Dogs naturally have an incredible sense of smell. You can give them an exercise by planning an activity that lets them use their nose. Make your dog work for their dinner by making a simple obstacle course that they need to finish to get their food.
Indoor Walks and Treadmills
Although there are treadmills specifically made for dogs, you really don’t have to spend for one. Human treadmills are fine, as long as you take precautions. Your dog might get scared and panic on the treadmill, so spend a couple of days familiarizing the machine to them. Use a slow, but not too slow, speed and stand right in front of the machine holding a treat. Once your dog gets used to walking on it, you can turn the speed up.
Just because it’s snowing outside, it doesn’t mean your dog’s going to hate it. Medium sized to big sized dogs can do very well in the snow, in fact some of them love spending time in it. Take your dog out to the yard and see how they react to it. If they seem to have fun playing around the cold, then spend some time outside. Just make sure you don’t spend too much time out and that the dog can retreat back inside if it feels too cold.