Dogs need to exercise every single day, no matter how cold it is outside.
When the temperature drops, the last thing you probably want to do is brave the cold to take your dog on a walk, and luckily, you don’t have to. With a little creativity, your dog can still get the exercise that they need inside. If you haven’t already, read our North Merrick veterinarian’s latest blog to learn about a couple of ingenious ways to get your dog moving inside. Keep reading to learn more creative ways to exercise your dog inside:
#3. Play hide-n-seek with your dog.
Hide-n-seek isn’t just a great game for kids, your dog will love it too! Tell your dog to stay, then run and hide. Once you are hidden, call to your dog until they find you, then give them a small treat. Not only does this game help your dog to move around a bit, it is also a fun challenge for their brain.
#4. Encourage your dog to walk on the treadmill.
If you have a treadmill at home, you already have a wonderful tool for exercising your dog indoors. Your dog is likely to be nervous around the treadmill at first, so be sure to introduce it to them very slowly and with lots of treats. Once your dog is confident enough to actually get on the treadmill, keep the speed low until they have a chance to adjust to it.
#5. Build your own obstacle course.
You don’t need access to a fancy obstacle course to teach your dog agility. There are many things around your house that will work perfectly for building your own makeshift obstacle course in your home.