The fall can be your dog’s favorite time of year; it’s cool enough for them to run and play without overheating. But on the same token, it’s not quite frigid enough for them to freeze. But those colder months are coming and preparing for your dog’s indoor exercise options are monumental.
The colder months are the perfect time to explore and teach new games like tug and fetch. Tugging at a rope can expel a lot of energy as well as teach the dog discipline. Fetching in the house lets the dog run around and chase the ball like they would outdoors.
If during the warmer months you take your dog to the dog park, during the winter they could really miss those furry interactions. Set up doggy play dates throughout the winter with friends that also have pet friendly dogs. The dogs can chase each other, play with toys and just interact in general in a positive, energetic way. This is good for your dog’s interaction skills as well as its behavioral skills. Remember to introduce the dogs calmly and in a big space at first to ensure a good, productive doggy date.
Keeping your dog healthy and active at all times of the year is crucial for both their health and happiness. Just because it’s the winter equinox doesn’t mean they don’t have tons of energy to expel. Without running, jumping and playing dogs can become depressed and even anxious when energy builds up and can’t be released. So having options for your dog to exercise, and even an agenda, is sure to prevent your dog from slipping into depression before the spring months.