How to Keep Your Dog Active in the Winter
As the weather gets cooler, outdoor activities for your dog typically become reduced. Even though the winter season might be making your dog feeling lazy, it’s important for them to stay active! A dog’s exercise needs are year-round - a lack of exercise and mental stimulation often results in behavioral problems. Dogs that do not get enough exercise often take part in destructive chewing, digging through the trash, hyperactivity, or nighttime activity. We’ve listed some fun ways to help keep your dog active this winter.
GO FOR A SHORT WALK
If the weather permits, go for a short stroll with your dog. Find the warmest time of the day (e.g. afternoon). Remember, a dog’s ears, tail, and paws are especially susceptible to frostbite - so make sure to dress your dog appropriately for the weather. If you have a short-haired dog (such as chihuahuas or beagles) consider putting a coat on them to help stay warm and cozy. Dogs with thicker fur (such as Huskies or Alaskan Malamutes) don’t have to worry about this too much.
If you live in an environment where it snows, sidewalks are often treated with salt or chemicals to prevent ice and make it less slippery. However, these can be harmful to your dog! Therefore, use booties to protect your dog’s paws. Be sure to rinse off the booties when you get back inside to remove any chemicals or salt.
GAMES WITH FOOD
Bad weather causing you and your dog to be confined to the house? Playing physical activity games with food as an incentive is a great way to get your dog moving!
- Let your dog find a snack by tossing a piece across the room.
- Hide a smelly snack or toy in another room. Before you hide it, show your dog what is it and let them find it.
- Give your pup a challenge by filling a hollow toy with food and freezing it - this will keep him occupied for hours!
HIDE AND SEEK
Dogs are natural hunters, so this game goes well with their natural instinct. Hide yourself in different parts of your home, call your dog’s name and reward her when she finds you.
PLAY SNOWBALL FETCH
Dogs love to play with snowballs just as much as people do. So go ahead, throw a snowball with your dog and let him catch it. Avoid your dog getting frostbite - limit the time your dog is outside in the cold (all dogs are susceptible to frostbite in temperatures under 35°)
HOW TO KEEP YOUR DOG ACTIVE YEAR-ROUND
Your dog might be less active in the winter, so keep your dog’s bones and joints strong with Boneo Canine. Boneo will provide support for joint flexibility and mobility, which will help keep your dog strong year-round!