From frigid temps and heavy snow storms, to freezing rain and ice, we never know what Mother Nature has in store for us during the winter months.
Unfortunately, the unbearable winter weather can make you feel trapped in your home. And if you’re feeling cabin fever, chances are your dog is too.
Experts say dogs should be getting 30-60 minutes of exercise each day. Here are some ways to ensure your dog is still getting much needed daily activity from the comfort of your own home.
One simple but fun game is to hide some of your dog’s favorite treats, or kibble, around the house. Don’t make the spots too obvious for them to sniff out – really make them work for it. If they’re running around the house all day trying to sniff out their rewards, it’ll make for some great exercise, as well as brain stimulation.
If you have a hallway available or a basement with plenty of space, you can play a simple game of fetch with your pup.
Or, if you have ample room, you can set up an obstacle course for them, complete with a pile of pillows or cushions to jump over, or a table to crawl under, or obstacles to circling around and through. If done properly, an obstacle course can be a ton of fun for you and your pup.
Another way to burn energy for both dogs and humans, is to run up and down the stairs — carefully, of course. If your dog is older or has joint issue troubles, this may not be your best option.
If you have a curious pup, you can try a game of hide-and-seek. Obviously, you’ll want to keep your hiding places simple so he’ll have a chance to seek you out.
If the time comes and you and your pup just need some time out in the world, you can always bring them to Premier Pet Supply to walk around and test their sniffer and, not to mention, they’ll get free treats!
As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends at Premier Pet Supply for all your pet-related questions!