Fun Ways to Exercise Your Dog Indoors

If you have a canine pal, we’re guessing you’ve got quite a few doggy walking sessions under your belt. Taking a nice, relaxing stroll with your pet can be a great way to start and end a long day. When the weather gets cold, however, you may want to keep those walks short and sweet. This can make it a bit tricky to keep your pooch active, and make sure he is getting enough exercise. A Shawnee, KS veterinarian discusses how to keep your canine pal active indoors in this article.

Fetch

Needless to say, if you have a Great Dane and a lot of breakable items, this may not be a great option for you, but many dogs can play this classic doggy game indoors!

Stair Runs

If your home has multiple stories, stair runs may be a great way to keep your pet in shape. Just bring one of Fido’s toys to the top of the steps, and call him to you. When your pooch reaches you, toss the toy down the stairs and tell him to fetch. Even a few rounds of this can give your canine buddy a great workout!

Treadmill

If you have a treadmill, you may be able to teach your pup how to use it. Just be sure to put your canine pal’s safety first. Put the machine on the lowest setting at first, to let your pet get used to it. Be sure to remove your furry buddy’s leash and collar before he gets on the a machine. Also, always supervise Fido’s workouts: never leave your dog unattended on the treadmill.

Laser Pointer

Many of our canine pals absolutely love chasing that pesky red dot. Play with your dog for a few minutes every day.

Hide N Seek

You can trick your pooch into getting off the couch just by hiding at the other end of your home and calling him to you. Chances are, Fido will come running! Give your pet praise and a toy to reward him.

Precautions

Not all exercises are suitable for every dog. Check with your vet before starting your canine pal on any exercise regime.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Please contact us, your Shawnee, KS animal clinic, anytime. We are happy to serve all your canine pal’s veterinary care needs.

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