Winter can really limit the amount of time that your dog can spend outdoors due to the cold weather, but your dog still needs stimulation to burn off energy, so it is tough sometimes. Never fear, here are some fun things you can do to still get some exercise during these cold months.
- Walk Your Dog – I know this sounds ridiculous as this is something you can do during the warm months, but due to the cold there are certain things you need to take account for.
- Shorten the walk or to right around your residence, because you need to be close in case your dog gets too cold.
- Avoid walking your dog during the coldest parts of the day and limit their exposure based on your dog’s cold weather tolerance.
- Dress your dog properly. Yes, some dogs can handle the cold weather well, but most can’t. Short dogs or those with light or short coats are easily affected by the cold weather. Protect their paws with booties and dress them in sweaters.
- Putting them Outside – Maintain vigilance. Do not leave them unattended if you put them out in your yard. Again it is really cold outside. If you start seeing them shiver or seem weak. Get them inside immediately. Hypothermia is no joke. Keep the adventure short and dress them accordingly. Also, if there is snow and your dog is not tall, you need to shovel an area for them to go out to do their business.
- Make an adventure out of meals and treats – Get creative and hide treats or have them walk to get their meals. Don’t be cruel, but have fun with them. Break the meal into four’s and get them to walk around the residence to get some added exercise. For treats, you can put it with a favorite toy and throw it.
- Take them to a dog daycare – Here they can get stimulation, exercise and socialize with other dogs. They have indoor options for the dogs to run around and get the exercise they need.
Lake Forest Kennel Club and Groom Shop specializes in Pet Boarding, Dog Daycare and Pet Grooming. Located on 3 beautiful acres, with 6 outdoor play yards and an indoor play house, Lake Forest Kennel Club has been in the pet care business for over 50 years and is proud to serve pet owners throughout the North Shore.