Those of us living the states that get all wintry and cold know it’s hard to keep up our dog’s exercise regime when it’s all blustery and snowy and cold outside our toasty warm homes.
Well, that time of year is fast approaching once again.
With regular walks and dog park visits on the decline during these months, it can be hard to keep our dog’s weight in line… Unless, of course, you think outside the box.
One thing we love to do in our homes when it’s too cold and wet to get in the daily walks is to break out the toys. Lacking such supplies? There are some fantastic organic, luxury, high quality toys for dogs out there, so if the toys you already have are dilapidated, or you simply think it’s time to add to the old tennis ball your pooch calls his toy, then go get some toys…and then get down and play with your pooch.
That’s right, play. While dogs love fetch, they really prefer the game of ‘It’s Mine!”, where you try and take the toy from the dog. Chase him around the house, steal the toy, have him chase you. It’s a great way for both of you to burn off winter calories.
Our next favourite thing to do is to make doggy play dates. Yes, just like you did when you were a little whipper-snapper. Maybe your pup has made some friends on his walks or dog park visits. Or if you have a pure-breed, there’s often notice boards on websites for such dates. However you do it, arrange a weekly or even twice-weekly play date. They’re also lots of fun!
We also like to visit the indoor dog parks which are springing up all over the place. Often held at doggy day care centres, they’re a great way of letting your dog continue to play and socialise with other dogs (and get some exercise in, too) on a regular basis.
The only other thing we suggest is healthy, gourmet, organic pet treats. Sure they may seem a little more expensive than the run-of-the-mill variety widely available, but in terms of nutritional value and health benefits, a dollar or two more is nothing at all
Oh, if you have any hot winter dog exercising tips, we’d love to hear from you!
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