Activities for Your Dog During the Winter Season

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!

3. Stairs

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.

5. Walks

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!

Looking to enroll your furry loved one in dog training classes? Contact Auburn Leach K9 Solutions today.

How Can I Stop My Dog From Jumping So Much?

Having a dog that jumps too much, especially when greeting someone, is a very common behavior that can be stopped by training. Here are a few tips to help your dog curb this particular behavior: Ignore the jumping - sounds simple but only give...

Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

The outdated saying that you can't teach an old dog new tricks simply isn't true. It is entirely possible to teach an aged dog to do something new, and many times, it is beneficial for the dog when you do. Just like with people, learning is...

Fun Summer Activities For You and Your Dog!

It's summertime again, and dogs love this time of year as much as we do! You and your dog can bond and get some exercise together. Below is a list of activities to start with. Some take more planning than others, and some only need a leash and a...

Guard Dog Training FAQ's

Investing in guard dog training can provide a sense of security and offers invaluable protection should you ever need to use your protection dog to fend off potential attackers. This type of dog training should always be left to a professional, as a...

How Can I Make My Dog Less Aggressive?

Canine aggression is a problem that should not be ignored. The signs of canine aggression are readily recognizable: bared teeth, growling, flattened ears, snapping, snarling, and biting. While dogs use these behaviors to communicate with one...

How to Find the Best Trainer for Your Dog

Your dog is a member of your family. And just as you want the best for your spouse and your children, you want the best for your dog, too. Dog training certification and licensure is not controlled by any government agency. That’s why...

How Can Your Behavior Influence Your Dog's?

Anyone who remembers the show Lassie knows that some dogs are very smart. Lassie was able to communicate with her family without being misunderstood. While most dogs don’t have Lassie’s superpowers, dogs are generally smarter than...

Can My Dog Be Trained to Be a Guard Dog?

It’s hard to turn on the news or listen to the radio without hearing another story about something violent happening in our communities. With each new story, a realization of just how vulnerable we are often settles in our minds. As such,...

What Can My Dog Learn in a Training Program?

If you’re one of the thousands of loving pet owners who struggles daily with a dog that just won’t behave, then you’ve probably researched dog training programs and considered enrolling your dog in one. But before doing so,...
/* */ }