Even though it is still summer and the weather is warm and sunny, the cooler air of autumn is nearly upon us. And, once that happens, we all know just how fast winter can arrive. The thick snow and sub-zero temperatures of winter can make exercising difficult for pet owners and their dogs. Just walking can be a challenge and prolonged exposure to the cold temperatures can be harmful.
Keeping that in mind, we have decided to share some helpful exercise ideas for your dog during the winter. These tips can take what your dog has learned in residential dog training Liverpool and enable him to use these techniques in the real world.
Because winter may make things less desirable for outdoor exercise, here are some things that you can do with your dog to stay active and fit:
Indoor Obstacle Course- you can set up an obstacle course in the garage or any spare room inside your house. It doesn’t have to be fancy and it’s more important to keep your dog busy. If your dog is small, this activity shouldn’t require too much space. As an example, you can use appliance cardboard boxes to make tunnels and steps. Also use milk crates and wooden planks to make a balanced board. Shoe boxes and smaller items can be objects for your dog to jump over. If your garage has concrete floor, you can put a thin pad or flattened cardboard boxes to reduce impacts and prevent joint injuries.
Hide And Seek- by playing hide and seek, your dog can exercise both his muscles and his mind. You can show your dog his favourite treat or toy, then hide it somewhere. Of course, you should challenge your dog a little and don’t make it too easy. This will encourage your dog to move more and become more active physically. You can hide while carrying the favourite treat and toy. If your dog has trouble finding you, just call his name occasionally. It is also a good way to exercise the senses of smell and hearing.
Exercise Equipment- you can let your dog use treadmills to walk or run. This allows him to maintain proper conditioning during winter. Make sure that you use only low setting to prevent injuries. It is a good idea to have him wear a safety harness, because there’s a possibility that your dog will lose his footing.
To learn more benefits of residential dog trainingand how to take better care of your dog, contact Dog Trainer Liverpooltoday and speak to an expert dog trainer who can answer any questions you might have about residential dog training.
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