Winter has already started and you have probably experienced a few snowfalls already. In the next few weeks, the weather is expected to get colder with more snow and icy winds coming from the Arctic north.
During winter it becomes important to keep our pet dog warm and active, since as per experts, dogs have a tendency to be less active and conserve energy for thermo regulation. Secondly, they appear less inclined for outdoor activities, preferring rather to stay indoors.
As a pet owner, the above signs are challenging, especially since outside weather is cold and daylight hours are shortened. You have to find ways to make the most of the situation. Some people prefer to keep their dogs on a long term contract (30-60 days) with a suitable Edmonton Pet Boarding company.
Dogs need lots of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy. Lack of exercise can take a toll on their mental and physical health. Staying at home not only exposes your dog to risks and dangers associated with pet obesity, but restlessness causes anxiety resulting in some not-so-nice behavior. In this situation, they do need a source to burn off pent-up energy.
Faced with the above, try some below-mentioned tips to keep your dog active and warm in winter:
Keep the bedding warm
Use a cotton, linen blanket, sheet or towel to make a simple and effective bed. A nice, fluffy rug will serve equally well. You can also put a hot water bottle under the bed for extra warmth.
Shorten outside visits
Keep outside visits to the minimum in very cold temperatures.
Use pre-heated clothing
It is a best practice to put your dog’s sweater in the dryer for about 10-15 minutes before putting it on.
Carry out a few entertainment activities at home
Below are some popular activities that have been recommended by experts to keep your dog entertained and active. You can try them at home sometime, or build them into your daily routine:
– Play Fetch game on the stairs
This is a popular activity in which you throw your dog’s favorite ball or toy up the stairs and have them race up to get it and bring it back to you. This is a very simple, yet effective way to boost the intensity of your dog’s play and have them burn more calories than regular game of Fetch.
– Exercise using Treadmill
This is an ideal activity to burn off excess energy when the weather is too cold to go outside. You can use the treadmill with your dog. Your dog will enjoy exercising with you. If you are not up to it, motivate your do to exercise alone, by enticing him with a treat. Alter the speeds of the treadmill, so that your dog feels comfortable. Using the treadmill for 30 minutes or so is recommended, but if your dog starts feeling anxious, sooner, then remove him immediately.
– Go outside for a shopping trip
Whenever going out, take your dog along with you. This is the best and most cost-effective way to remain active. Firstly it saves your time and secondly it gives your dog new insights and smells to discover.
– Play in the snow
This is a vigorous exercise that is surely going to leave your dog tired, but excited and relieved. Running and playing in the snow is a good activity, but make sure that your dog is covered with protective warm clothes such as a sweater and keep an eye out for signs of discomfort.
– Put your dog in an Edmonton pet boarding company
In case you are unable to take off time for the above activities, it is advisable to put your dog for a few months in an Edmonton pet boarding company. It will give your dog the much needed exercise and socialization with dog lovers and other like-minded dogs; and above all plenty of exercise and opportunity to burn-off pent-up energy.
By carrying out the above-mentioned activities, you can keep your dog active, warm and healthy, even in the coldest of winters.