Exercise Tips for a Cold Day

When it’s cold outside, especially in Fort Collins,  it’s hard to be motivated to walk your dogs. There are great indoor exercises you can do with your pet on those chilly, Colorado days.

Here are are a few pet exercise tips from the staff at Aspen Grove Vet:

  1. Utilize your stairway. Put your dog on a leash and walk up and down the stairs. Take two steps at a time, jog up and down, or walk up sideways to vary the routine.
  2.  Put on some music and dance! Hold your dog’s paws and have them stand on their hind legs. Then start to sashay around the room. Exercise and a good laugh all rolled in one!
  3. Incorporate your dog into your home exercise routine. The next time you are doing sit ups pair it with a game of fetch. Start out doing sit-ups with your dog’s toy in your hands. When you sit-up, pretend to throw the toy so that your dog will chase after it. Every few sit-ups actually throw the toy and allow him to bring it back, you don’t want to tease them too much or they’ll lose interest in your game.
  4. Make an obstacle course. Use a hula hoop and have them leap through, or using cushions create a tunnel for them to navigate under. You can get creative and lead your dog through various obstacles. This game will challenge your dog both mentally and physically.
  5. Hide a variety of your dog’s favorite treats around the house… behind doors, under tables, underneath rugs, etc. Your dog will be so busy tracking down treats that they’ll physically tire out in the process (remember to use those healthy treats such as baby carrots or frozen veggies). Treat dispensing toys are another great way to keep your dog busy and engage them physically as they push around their toys and try to get to the food inside. When using treats, keep in  mind your dog’s ideal daily caloric intake.
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