While we are glad the rain is coming for the drought-stricken states and the wild fires, it doesn’t change the fact that the wet weather, cooler temperatures, and earlier sunsets can make exercising your dog outside a challenge. (If you are like me, you dread this time of year for the lack “outdoor” time it affords most of us). If you find yourself stuck inside, here are 7 ways you can still exercise your dog.
#1 – Treadmill
Treadmills are great for dog owners who can’t run or can’t run as far as their dog. It’s a safe (as long as you know how to do it!), low impact way to exercise your dog, especially when you can’t go outside. You can buy a dog treadmill, or use a human one. Find tips to using a treadmill with your dog at Dogtread.com.
#2 – Hide ‘N’ Seek
Dogs love this game and it can where them out pretty quick because it uses their brain and their energy. Just distract your dog with some treats or a toy and then go hide. Call him to come find you! (You’re practicing come while he gets exercise!!) You can add to the difficulty by hiding behind semi-closed doors and having more than one person hide – he has to find the right person!
#3 – Indoor Dog Parks
Many cities with lots of rain know have indoor dog parks, so your dog can still go and play with his friends while you remain warm and dry.
#4 – Swimming
Another great way is to take your dog swimming once or twice a week at an indoor doggy swim center. Once your dog had the knack, you can even swim with him, allowing you both to get exercise even in cold weather.
#5 – Indoor Agility Set
Agility is a great way to exercise your dog, and if you just push that couch back a bit, you should have room to set up this mini set, made by Outward Hound, in your living room, allowing your dog to get some exercise even when a storm is raging.
#6 – Activity Toys
Not only do these relieve boredom by making your dog work for his meals, he will expend mental and physical energy getting his food. Expending both types of energy is the fastest way to a tired dog.
#7 – Take an Online Training Class
Not only will it expend energy, but your dog will be learning new behaviors and manners at the same time. You won’t have to leave your house and you can do the work whenever it’s convenient for you. You can check our classes on DogsU for obedience. Looking for agility? Try DaisyPeel.