In the winter, it’s hard to find the motivation to keep up with our pet’s exercise routine. However, a dog’s exercise needs remain consistent year-round and lack of exercise can cause various issues, including hyperactive greetings, chewing on valuable items, raiding the garbage, and increased anxiety and aggression.
Try out these five simple activities to keep your pup entertained this winter.
- Experiment With Inside Games. Tug can be an excellent game for teaching self-control when played with proper rules. Fetch can be done inside using soft toys. Increase the fetch challenge by tossing the toy upstairs!
- Encourage Scavenging. Feed your dog out of a food puzzle instead of a bowl, stuff a hollow toy, like a Kong, with canned dog food and freeze, or toss treats across the room and tell your pup to “find it.”
- Carve Out Some Quality Time. Bring your dog on outings with you throughout the week such as to a pet store or dog-friendly coffee shop, or invite friends over for a visit with your dog.
- Schedule Play Dates. Arrange play dates with your dog’s favorite friends in your backyard or at a pet-friendly park. Or take your dog to Camp for a fun day with fur-iends.
- Create an Indoor Agility Course. Create obstacles for your dog to navigate; use chairs as weave poles, create a makeshift tunnel with a blanket and chairs, etc. Teach your dog to propel through obstacles and reward with plenty of praise and treats.
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