Now that winter is here, all of my dogs love the snow. Cookie, acts likes a little pup. It seems the snow revitalizes her. However, cold temperatures follow, and there are some days it's just too cold to take the dogs on a long walk. Personally, I won't take them on a walk if the temperature is about 15°F (9°C).
Still, laying low doesn't help get that excess energy out of the pooches. Luckily, there are alternatives when the weather is too cold:
4 Ways To Keep Your Dogs Active When It's Too Cold
- Take them to a pet superstore.Stores like Petco, PetSmart and Pet Supplies Plus are great places to bring your dog. They can walk through the aisles and take in the smells of other dogs. It's also good for running into other dogs to visit.
- Go To An Indoor Dog Park! Here, you can have all of the benefits of outdoor play without any worry about your dogs getting cold. There is lots of space for them to run and interact with other dogs. Best of all, being off-leash is great for dogs because they can run free. They have staff on hand to address any questions that dog owners may have. It usually costs $5 to $10USD per dog.
- Go for a car ride.My dogs love the car. The one whose ears really perk up when I mention the word car is Cookie. The way she reacts, it's as if I read her mind. As much as dogs love to run and play, a good car ride will give them plenty of mental stimulation. Dogs love to observe and the change of environment, will rid them of the winter doldrums.
- Have a playdate! This one may be tricky because not everyone has an area in their house where dogs can run freely. Still, if your dog has built up a kinship with another dog, this may be a good option.
How do you exercise your dogs when the temperature drops?
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