As the weather starts to get colder, we tend to spend more time indoors. Unfortunately, this means that your furry friend is probably not getting the exercise they are used to. These tips will help your dog maintain a healthy lifestyle even when the weather is less than ideal.
Make Feeding Time Fun
Eating can be more than a routine task. If your dog seems sedentary, consider purchasing a specialized feeding toys. These toys (which you fill with meals or treats) turn feeding time into an exciting activity. Not only can they make your pup more active, they slow down the feeding process. Many dogs eat quickly which can lead to bloating and gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting or diarrhea. Thus, feeding toys are a great year-round investment!
Get Creative With Your Walks
When it’s too cold outside, you and your dog can exercise within your own home. Put your dog on a leash and walk up and down the stairs. Take them through the garage, the basement, wherever there is space to walk. Active puppies may do this on their own, but allotting separate leash time regulates this activity and maintains a routine. This is especially helpful for elderly or disabled dogs, who may not make the conscious choice to walk themselves around.
Get Outside… If You Can
Still, the best way for your dog to get exercise is to take them outside. There are enjoyable ways to do this despite harsh weather. Always remember to bundle up, and know that your dog may need extra accommodations as well. Just because they have fur does not mean they are immune to cold. Water-resistant jackets and vests as well as booties can keep your pup feeling warm and cozy on their outdoor adventures. Small, elderly, or short-coated dogs will be particularly grateful for warm clothing. Go to an unfamiliar or exciting location to keep your dog excited to walk even in the cold. And remember, sometimes it is simply too cold for an outdoor walk. You want your dog to be healthy, but you do not want them to be miserable.
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