5 Tips For Keeping Your Dog Busy This Winter

I’m one of those people that just doesn’t do well in the winter. Between the cold and lack of sunlight, I’d love nothing more than to curl up and sleep until spring. If you’re like me and there’s a dog in the picture, it’s too easy to skip the cold and exercise and turn into couch potatoes.

Luckily, there are more options for those of us in cold climates to keep our dogs moving. Here are five tips for keeping your dog busy this winter.

Doggy day care – One option is to check out some of the doggy day care facilities in your community and sign your pup up for a day or two a week. Your dog will get exercise, attention and social time with other dogs while getting some exercise.

Doggy play dates – Many of those same facilities have open hours, play dates or meet ups on the weekends during the winter. There are also other dog-friendly facilities, that offer dog meet ups, parties and socialization time. A popular spot in the Windy City is Chicago Party Animals in the West Loop.

Training class – There’s so much more to training classes these days than sit and stay. There are canine good citizen classes, nose classes and more. All of these options will help get your dog (and you) moving and also improve the bond you have with your pet.

Agility – This is a great way to help your dog burn off steam while working on some new skills. It also gets you moving more than your average training class. Investigate the options that may be the best fit you and your dog.

Outdoor hike or dog park – Once I start to get more active in the winter, that long walk in the cold isn’t such a challenge anymore. Check out local hiking trails and dog parks for a change of scenery. Do follow the leash laws in your community and don’t let your dog just dart out on the ice. There are too many stories each winter of dogs falling through the ice and needing rescue.

Have any other tips? Feel free to share them in the comments!

Kathy Mordini is a freelance writer that covers the Chicago animal rescue community and pet trends. She writes daily on Examiner.com. Read her column online and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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