Exercising Your Dog Indoors

As the thermometer drops, many of us are shortening our doggy-walking time. Taking a leisurely stroll with your canine pal is a wonderful way to relax on a nice day, but when it’s cold and dark outside, many people prefer to keep Fido’s potty breaks short and sweet. Of course, our canine pals may not want to spend too much time in the cold, either! Shorter walks do mean less activity for Man’s Best Friend, which can be detrimental for Fido, both physically and mentally. There are some ways to keep your pup moving indoors, however. In this article, a Colorado Springs, CO veterinarian lists some great ways to exercise your dog indoors.

Stair Runs

Bring one of Fido’s toys to the top of the steps, and then call him to you. When your canine pal reaches you, throw the toy to the bottom of the stairs, and tell him to fetch. It will only take a few rounds to get your pup’s blood pumping! Stair runs are not appropriate for all dogs, so be sure to check with your vet first.

Fetch

Fetch is a great way to keep your furry buddy active indoors. Of course, you’ll want to pick a spot where your canine buddy can run and move around a bit without knocking things over. One great thing about fetch is that you can get Fido moving while you’re sitting on the couch!

Laser Pointer

Many dogs love chasing a laser pointer around. That little red dot just doesn’t want to be caught! Just be sure not to shine the light right into your furry pal’s eyes, as it can cause retinal damage.

Come

Whenever you find yourself at one end of the house and Fido at another, call him to you. Offer praise and perhaps a belly rub as rewards, so your pooch doesn’t lose motivation to obey.

Treadmill

If you have a treadmill, you may already have a great way to exercise your pooch indoors. Just be sure to put your pet’s safety first. Use the slowest setting for training your canine pal, and be sure to take his collar off first. Also, never leave Fido on a treadmill unattended. Ask your vet for more specific advice.

Do you have questions about your dog’s exercise needs? Contact us today! As your Colorado Springs, CO vet clinic, we are here to help!