If you’re in the middle of winter like we are here in Minnesota then you know it can be a challenging season to get through with or without your pup. It’s important to make sure your pup is getting enough exercise but not over exerting themselves outside in the snow.
Here's a good rule of thumb to go by: if it's too cold for you to be outside, it's probably too cold for your dog, as well. Just like humans, pets begin to lose body heat faster than they can produce it when exposed to the cold.
Here are some things we like to do to keep ourselves + our pups happy during the cooler season.
Set Up Play Time with F(ur)riends
It’s always a good idea to keep your pup socialized and making time for a playdate whether it be indoor or outdoor is a great way for them to exert energy. When playing indoors it’s great to give the pups a designated area where they can let loose and you don’t have to worry about them getting injured or knocking something over.
When you’re stuck inside it can be a great time to work on obedience training or just training in general. Make sure you have your positive reinforcements like small treats around at all times. Learning essential commands like sit, paw, down and moving onto more advanced skills like come, wait, drop it and speak. Training is a great way to stimulate your pup and helps them keep healthy both mentally and physically.
Finding enrichment toys that work for your dog can be tough. Luckily if you take a look on fable pets you can find a great array of products that are made to keep your pup entertained and busy. These toys offer a fun interactive way for your pup to receive treats and release their energy while you’re busy.
Indoor Dog Parks or Doggie Daycare:
If you love splurging on your pup then this is something you can easily add to your regime. It may not be the cheapest service, so you might want to plan when this would work for you depending on their energy level. Most often you can also visit your local doggy daycare and see if there is an option for weekend time slots for your pup to visit with their friends for a few hours. It’s a great treat and your pup deserves only the best.
Let us know if any of these tips are helpful or if you end up trying any of them out!