It has been COLD outside here in Boston! Not only snow, but rain and wind chill! I sure am learning how to layer up!
Most people don’t like to go out in the cold and if you regularly walk your dog every day, you might even take a break from your daily routine because of the weather. If you're like me and my dogs, you get out and go hiking with your dogs even in the freezing snow and rain! But, if you'd rather stay inside with your pups, I don't blame you!
However, sometimes your dog is the one who refuses to go out in the cold!
If you have one of those dogs who doesn’t like the rain/snow, don’t fret!
There are loads of fun indoor activities to do with your dog.
• A great game for your pooch, especially those who love to sniff, is hide and seek!
Hide and seek can be with treats or anything that your dog really enjoys, such as their favorite toy, or even you!
Put your dog in one room, let them sniff the object, go hide it and then encourage your dog to find it! This is a great exercise for your dog and amazing for their mental stimulation. If your dog has a hard time finding the object, lead them over to it the first couple of times and make sure to really praise them when they actually find it.
• Teach them a new trick! Keep your eyes peeled for some of our upcoming youtube tutorials on new tricks to teach your dog!
• Do some Canine Conditioning Exercises!
We use the KLIMB training platform Canine Conditioning kit. It comes with equipment to work on strengthening the pups core and coordination. It's a great way to tire them out physically and mentally while working on some new behaviors with your dog.
• A friend of ours has a Doggie-Treadmill. This is an easy alternative to getting your pup outside for exercise!
If you can make it out of the house but would rather stay indoors, I encourage you to take your dog to a place indoors where they can run and play. You can take a local dog training class, rent the space, or explore your nearest pet store!
In the past, one of my students, named Callie Blue, visited me on a rainy day. We decided to play fetch and do some nosework searches all throughout the store.
If you decide to do this, make sure you have permission from someone working there.
I was so happy to see Callie’s mom being creative and instead of taking her to the dog park, she brought her indoors to play.
Don't let the weather keep you from having fun with your dog! Think of it as a chance to do something new with your best friend.