Hello, friends—Winston here! I thought I’d let you know what I’ve been up to this winter. We’ve had a few bouts of super-cold days lately, and that’s no fun for a dog like me, even with my fur coat. While I love to relax indoors and nap by the fire this time of year, it’s important that I try to stay svelte.
Here are my winter workouts for your pet for keeping your furry best friend in shape when it’s too cold to go outside:
Play Fetch on the Stairs
If you have stairs in your house, you’re already ahead of the game! I like to fetch. I like it A LOT. If your dog also likes to fetch and return, use those stairs to your advantage. Stand at the foot of the stairs, toss your pooch’s favorite ball or rope toy to the first landing and watch him run up to get it. Repeat for at least 10-15 minutes per day.
Indoor Agility or Swimming
Energetic dogs like me need a productive physical outlet! Luckily for us, indoor agility classes for dogs of all skill levels are popping up all over. Your pup can learn to run and weave, catch Frisbees, shoot through tunnels, jump over hurdles and other fun skills. Many facilities even feature indoor pools for tons of tail-splashing fun. Swimming is great exercise for all breeds—and a great spectator sport for people.
I usually eat my food out of a finely crafted ceramic bowl. But sometimes, I like to play hide-and-seek with my kibble to keep my frame fit for doggie swimsuit season. Just pour your pup’s favorite kibble right out on the floor@ (If the thought of this makes you itch, pour it on the floor of your pup’s crate.) We love to use our noses and seek tasty things out, and this gets our bottoms moving!
I like to invite my friends over when I need a little exercise. I love it when we can get our tails moving together for a little while. And I think my people love it too, because they always laugh a lot and they get to see their friends, too! Of course, it’s important to make sure nobody’s feelings get hurt, so it’s usually best to leave the toys and treats out of play dates.
When all other activities have been exhausted, you can always teach your pup to walk on the treadmill! We’re quick learners and can usually pick it up pretty well. Just make sure you have the emergency button handy and take it slow so your best pal doesn’t get hurt. (Never leave your four-legged friend alone on the machine, and know that all doggies won’t take to walking on a treadmill.) After some practice, you can take us on an entire walk around the neighborhood without leaving the house!