7 Activities Your Dog Can Do To Avoid the Winter Blues

January 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle

dog with winter blues

Maybe you're feeling a touch of the winter blues during this winter, now called the "2017 snowmageddon". The snow and ice just seem to keep piling up. When the weather gets like this, it's easy to feel cooped up, bored and frustrated.

Don't forget that your dog probably has a bad case of cabin fever too. You may have already noticed that he or she isn't quite himself or seems to have far too much energy for the house to contain. But when the weather doesn't lend itself to a game of fetch at the park, how can you help your dog exercise and stay healthy?

Indoor Exercise Tips for Your Dog

If you're looking for ways to burn that doggie energy indoors, look no further. Here's our winter survival guide for every dog owner (we include some ideas that could get your blood pumping too).

  1. Automatic Ball Launcher: There are several automatic ball launchers available for purchase that could give your dog hours of entertainment without you lifting a finger. Of course, you'll need a lot of indoor space for this option. The garage might be the best place for this high-tech fetch toy.
  2. Agility training: Dogs love to learn new things, so why not exercise your dog's body and brain with an obstacle course? You can teach your dog agility by having her crawl under coffee tables, jump over chairs and perform other tasks that require patience, problem-solving and physical exertion.
  3. Hide and seek: Hide from your dog with a treat in hand and call to your dog to help him find you. This can be a fun way for you and your kids to play with your pet and bust up your winter boredom.
  4. Swimming: If your dog is small enough, a dip in your bathtub could be just the exercise she needs. Before you attempt this, however, make sure your dog isn't scared of the water and can safely keep her head above it. This could also be a good, sneaky way to give your dog a bath.
  5. Scent training: Dogs have incredible noses. Putting them to work could be a fun way to while away the cold days. Hide treats, dinner and favorite toys around the house for your dog to find. Maybe leave a trail of kibbles and encourage your dog to follow the scent.
  6. Stairs: Your dog will get a kick out of running up and down stairs with you. You'll benefit from the cardiovascular workout too. Be sure to go slower when you head back down, however. Also, don't attempt this with an older dog whose joints may not be up to the activity.
  7. Dog day camp: If you're often gone throughout the day for work, a dog day camp may be a great solution for your pup's boredom. Find a place where your dog can interact with other dogs during the day.

For more information about our dog day camp, contact us today.

Topics: Pet Care

Nikki Wardle

Written by Nikki Wardle

Nikki has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.