Stay (winter) Fit with Fido!

1. Nice Walk Outdoors

Most dogs will enjoy a stroll on a brisk day. However, keep in mind that sidewalks treated with salt or chemicals to prevent ice can be harmful to your dog. Use booties to protect his paws or rinse them off once you come inside to prevent irritation and keep him from ingesting any reside that might be left. Also if your dog has short hair, consider having him wear a coat.

2. Make Mealtime StimulatingThere are many ways to stimulate his mind and body without venturing into the winter weather.  Offer his meals in a feeding toy rather than just a food bowl.  Studies have shown that dogs enjoy their food more when they have to work for it.  This will also slow down how fast he eats which can help prevent serious gastrointestinal conditions.

3. Practice New Dog Tricks IndoorsThere are countless tricks and training lessons you can do from the comfort of your own home. Start with a simple dog trick like “stay” or “shake,” and work up to something more complicated like “rollover.” These tricks will result in good behavior and help you and your dog bond. Do try to keep the dog training/trick sessions to about 15 minutes or so. This will ensure it stays fun for everyone.

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