Dogs are active creatures that require a lot of physical and mental stimulation, but as the temperature drops we go out less and stay in more. So how do you make sure your dog gets all the exercise they need? Keep reading to learn some ways to keep your dog active this Winter.

Make Them Work For Their Food

Mental exercises are just as important a good run. You can use treat-dispensing toys or slow feeders to make your dog use their brain in order to figure out how to get their food. Making your dog work for their food can leave them just as tired as going for a walk.

Indoor Activities

You don’t have to go out in order to give your dog active. Here are some activities that you can do with your dog right at home:

  • Stair climbing. Running up and down some stairs a few times is a good way to get both you and your dog’s heart rate up and break a sweat, so to speak. If you have an older dog with joint issues, this isn’t the right activity for them.
  • Hide and seek. You can play hide and seek with your dog to make them find treats, and you too! Throw some treats into a room and while your dog goes to find them, hide in a separate room and wait for your dog to find you. Doing this a few times is a fun way to keep your dog active.
  • Play fetch. Fetch is a classic game familiar to all dog owners, and it’s something that you can do indoors too. If you have the room for it, toss your dog’s favorite toy to the opposite side of your home. Make sure to move anything fragile or valuable out of the way to prevent them from being knocked over.