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Ways to exercise your dog during winter!

Winter season is not ideal to spend a lot of time outdoors but your pets still need to burn off the energy and relaxHere are some of the ways by which you can help them get their exercise during winter.

1) Play with them!

Playing hide and seek is one of the best activities during winter to get your pet moving. Hide their favourite snack or toy and let them seek it out. But it will be a great bonding exercise if you play hide instead of toys or snacks. It will have the pup round around the house and have them tired in a few minutes.

2) Stimulate their senses!

Dogs have strong and incredibly powerful sniffing abilities. So indulge them in exercises that make use of their nose, can be stimulating. Build an obstacle course to find a treat or hide their meal around the house and make them sniff it out. These simple exercises are enough for daily activity.

3) Walk them!

You can still take them for a walk outside for a short amount of them. Make sure to take the necessary precautions and check the weather before bringing your dog for a walk. Know your dog’s cold tolerance level and limit their time outside. Don’t over-exercise them and keep an eye for any signs of discomfort. If you notice them shivering to take them inside immediately.

4) Indoor training

Make use of the time spent indoors and train them to obey new commands. Teach them social skills and how politely greet guests. You can also train them to sit, properly walk with a leash and even practice exercise routine with them. This will burn off a lot of calories and help them stay fit.

5) Take them to agility parks!

To switch up routine takes them to the agility park once in a while. These parks provide various workout routines for your dogs like ramp climbing, exploring tunnels, walking across the bridge, etc. Some of these parks even offer classes for beginners. If the weather is too troublesome for travel thinks about building a mini agility park in your backyard!

6) Use pet treadmills

Pet treadmills are constructed especially for pets and if you think they are pricey you can also use treadmills designed for humans. Make sure your treadmill runs at a safe speed for your pet while exercising. This is one of the best ways to help your dogs get toned.

7) Take them to a dog care

At daycare, the trainers teach dogs proper behaviour and your dogs can receive stimulation, exercise also they get to socialize with other dogs. Take them to daycare a few times a month for puppy socialization.

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Dog Exercise Equipments

Author: Taylor Ritz

What is dog exercise equipment? What is it for? How do I know if my dog needs it? We all want what’s best for our dogs, but with all of the marketing ploys out there, it can be difficult to ascertain what our dogs actually need to live their happiest and healthiest lives. We will discuss several types of dog exercise equipment, including what dogs benefit from them and in what conditions and situations they are best used.

Why do dogs need exercise equipment?

Exercise equipment can be useful in certain conditions. No matter what time of year it is, your dog needs regular exercise to stay healthy. If you live in a climate with harsh winters and have a dog that does not thrive in cold weather, you may need to exercise them indoors. Exercise equipment made specifically for dogs can help you maintain your dog’s health even in the dead of winter, all from the comfort of your home.

Types of Dog Exercise Equipment

Here are just a few of the myriad types of exercise equipment for dogs.

Indoor Ball Launcher

Multiple companies make ball launchers made for indoor use. Many have customizable settings regarding angle and distance so you can make sure the ball launcher doesn’t destroy your home. Once your dog gets the hang of bringing the ball back to the launcher, they will be able to keep themselves entertained while also getting a good workout. Indoor ball launchers are most effectively used for smaller breeds that can run through the house without destroying it.

Balance Disks

Also called wobble disks, balance disks are used to train core strength in both humans and dogs. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes but they all have one thing in common: they wobble! Balance disks teach body awareness, especially foot placement, and are great winter alternatives to (and training for) activities that require balance, such as hiking. Balance disks can be great workout equipment for almost any breed or type of dog.

Treadmill

While dogs can be taught to use a regular human treadmill, there are also dog-specific treadmills out there. These are often built with sidewalls that are better suited to keeping your dog safe while using the machine. Treadmills are not only beneficial for high-energy dogs that need vast amounts of exercise, but also for dogs who require some sort of physical rehabilitation or physical therapy.

Indoor Obstacle Course

Great for beginner and experienced agility dogs alike, indoor obstacle courses can facilitate agility training, even in the middle of winter. Most affordable beginners’ kits come with a minimum of a jump, a tunnel, and weave poles. Even if your dog is an experienced agility competitor, the indoor obstacle course can be a great way to keep up their training when the weather prevents them from accessing the larger outdoor courses.