Originally posted by Chaney’s Used Cars
The winter cold and snow makes it harder to take your dog out for walks or play in the yard for more time then you normally would. This can cause your dog to get out of shape and be bored. You can keep your dog active during the winter by doing things indoors that are fun for both of you.
Your dog should be walked at least once a day for fresh air, exercise and mental stimulation. Protect their paws with booties. The salt and other chemicals used on sidewalks and streets can be harmful. Make sure you remove the booties upon entering your home and rinse them off. For dogs with shorter hair, put on a sweater for them as well.
Play fetch up and down the staircase or play in the basement. You want the dog to have room to stretch its legs fetching and bringing back.
Have a treat or favorite toy you can hide for your dog to find. DoggieBuddy.com has some great ideas for this.
Give your dog a chew toy they can work on for a while to help with boredom. There are many to choose from online to your local pet store. You want a toy that has food in it that they have to work for.
On those snow days when you are stuck in the house, provides a great time to teach your dog new tricks and bond. Check out Easy and Fun Dog Tricks
Indoor dog parks are another great way for your dog to interact with other dogs, get exercise and with out the could wintry weather. Take advantage of the obstacle course if available, which most indoor parks have.