Winter Activities

W-A-L-K. A fairly harmless word when uttered to a fellow human, but mention it to the canine members of the family and it often elicits raw enthusiasm that would rival that of a five year old.  In my house it must be spelled out to avoid disappointment, and it has become a challenge to find synonyms that don’t elicit a similar response.

Unfortunately, winters in the Midwest do not allow for every individual, be it human or canine, to thoroughly enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Therefore, it’s this time of year that caring pet owners search for new means of exercise for their beloved canine companions.

New products are developed every day to help make winter more enjoyable for our four legged comrades. To prevent road salt from irritating your pets paws a wide range of boots and ointments are available.

Jackets and coats not only help thinner haired animals stay warm and make a great fashion statement, but many also have reflective strips on them to increase visibility on those early sunset nights.

Still, it may be just too cold and dark out when you get home.  While there is no substitute for a walk or playtime outside in the fresh air, some of the veterinary recommended options for indoor activities include obedience or agility classes, indoor fetch, or a simple game of hide and seek.

Activities that exercise the mind are also top picks. Simple interactive treat balls or teaching your dog new tricks can be great ways to expend some energy and prevent naughty behaviors that result from boredom.

Depending on the age and breed of your dog, some activities may be more appealing and beneficial than others. For more winter-time options check with your local veterinarian today!


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