With less daylight, frigid temperatures, and snowy weather, most people try to stay indoors as often as possible in the winter. However, while you may opt to get your exercise at an indoor gym, you can’t forget about your dog.
As a pet owner, it’s important that you get your dog outside to run, walk, and play. Even if this may not be your favorite season, there are plenty of activities you can do with your dog that you will both enjoy. Here are five examples.
1. Doggy yoga
Yes, there is such thing as doggy yoga, and it’s conveniently called doga. You’ll be doing far more than the downward-facing dog, though! Through soothing, easy poses meant for pet owners and their four-legged friends, you’ll both be stronger, more flexible, and friendlier towards each other.
2. Swimming classes
Just because summertime is months away doesn’t mean Fido has to wait until then to go swimming. Your pool may be closed, but there are plenty of facilities that offer doggy swimming classes. You can watch your dog splash and swim around in an indoor pool, and you may even be able to participate with him or her, so bring your swimsuit!
Even if you have a one-story house, you must have stairs somewhere. Get your dog’s heart pumping by running them up and down the stairs for a while. Not only is this good exercise for your furry friend, but it gets you sweating, too!
4. Doggy treadmills
Has it just snowed and your dog’s favorite park is out of the question? Buy him or her a doggy treadmill. These do actually exist, and they are a great idea for winter indoor exercise and maintaining a dog’s weight all year long. Of course, start slow and work your way up, and don’t forget to incentivize with treats or other rewards.
As long as there aren’t several feet of snow on the ground, you can still walk your dog in the winter. Consider curtailing your usual route. Make sure your dog wears a sweater or other outerwear. If he or she seems uncomfortably cold, take your pet home.
Overall, wintertime doesn’t mean your dog has to sit idly by until the temperatures warm up. Try any of these five fun activities and you’ll both get some fitness in your day!
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