How to exercise your dog in the winter

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Is your dog going stir crazy because it’s too cold outside to exercise? If you notice your dog is suddenly misbehaving, vying for your attention or is annoying the cat more than usual, then chances are she needs some exercise.

Easy exercises to do at home

One of the best ways to exercise your dog is by mental stimulation. These 52 tricks can be more tiresome than physical exercise for some dogs. Another favorite is the tennis ball and muffin tin game. This is as simple as putting low-calorie treats in a muffin tin (just a few) then covering them with tennis balls and letting your dog devise a way of uncovering each treat to their delight! In contrast to mental stimuli, get indoor exercise at home with the standard game of fetch using the stairs.

Fun indoor facilities for exercising your dog

A less common but fantastic way to exercise your dog in the winter is by visiting dog-friendly places near you. Even places like a pet store can be used for stimulation and walking around on a wintery day. Try enrolling your dog in some agility training classes at Queen City Dog Training Club. Not only will your dog learn more commands, but he’ll get plenty of exercise running through hoops and over obstacles.

Another excellent way to exercise your dog is at Positive Paws. Give your dog a therapeutic exercise regime in the aquatic treadmill or enroll in some affordable dog training classes. The aquatic treadmill is a great low-impact exercise for athletic dogs and even helps improve behavior issues. Always check with your veterinarian before starting them on a new exercise program.

If an under-water treadmill isn’t how your dog rolls, then a popular option is dog day care services. Here at Dog Day, Every Day! we offer a large, high energy stimulation space where your dog is supervised and learns to play with a pack. It’s easy to get started by enrolling online or calling us at 513-860-3647. Who knows, your cat may even thank you, too!

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