Winter season is not ideal to spend a lot of time outdoors but your pets still need to burn off the energy and relax. Here are some of the ways by which you can help them get their exercise during winter.
1) Play with them!
Playing hide and seek is one of the best activities during winter to get your pet moving. Hide their favourite snack or toy and let them seek it out. But it will be a great bonding exercise if you play hide instead of toys or snacks. It will have the pup round around the house and have them tired in a few minutes.
2) Stimulate their senses!
Dogs have strong and incredibly powerful sniffing abilities. So indulge them in exercises that make use of their nose, can be stimulating. Build an obstacle course to find a treat or hide their meal around the house and make them sniff it out. These simple exercises are enough for daily activity.
3) Walk them!
You can still take them for a walk outside for a short amount of them. Make sure to take the necessary precautions and check the weather before bringing your dog for a walk. Know your dog’s cold tolerance level and limit their time outside. Don’t over-exercise them and keep an eye for any signs of discomfort. If you notice them shivering to take them inside immediately.
4) Indoor training
Make use of the time spent indoors and train them to obey new commands. Teach them social skills and how politely greet guests. You can also train them to sit, properly walk with a leash and even practice exercise routine with them. This will burn off a lot of calories and help them stay fit.
5) Take them to agility parks!
To switch up routine takes them to the agility park once in a while. These parks provide various workout routines for your dogs like ramp climbing, exploring tunnels, walking across the bridge, etc. Some of these parks even offer classes for beginners. If the weather is too troublesome for travel thinks about building a mini agility park in your backyard!
6) Use pet treadmills
Pet treadmills are constructed especially for pets and if you think they are pricey you can also use treadmills designed for humans. Make sure your treadmill runs at a safe speed for your pet while exercising. This is one of the best ways to help your dogs get toned.
7) Take them to a dog care
At daycare, the trainers teach dogs proper behaviour and your dogs can receive stimulation, exercise also they get to socialize with other dogs. Take them to daycare a few times a month for puppy socialization.
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