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Winter Care Tips for Your Dog. Extra Care Required.

Winter Workout With Your Dog use K9FItvest or indorrs with DogTread Dog Treadmill

All you have to do is step outside and you will understand the temps are dropping. When it is cold outside, it may be challenging to get a dog to go outdoors for exercise.  The salt spread almost everywhere to keep us from slipping may hurt a dog’s paws or the wind factor may be too much for smaller breeds.  You have to think of ways to keep the dog happy while in the cold and alternative activities rather than going out entirely.

Encouragement with Treats

Your best friend is no different than you in the sense that no one likes the idea of venturing outside while the air is frigid.  Use treats to keep the dog distracted during the walk.  It will enhance the mood of the dog and actually have the dog look forward to going on outdoor excursions, even if it is cold.  For example, when you take your dog on walks during the winter, pop a few treats into your pocket; the dog will eventually associate walking outside with treats allowing it to be much easier to sway the dog to go outside, regardless of the temperature.

Aerobic ActivityDIVA

A great way to keep your dog warm during winter months is to play off-the-leash exercises.  Play tug, fetch and encourage your dog to romp around with other dogs.  It will warm up the body quick and keep its mind diverted from the cold. There is no way you can run as fast as your dog wants to run when your dog is on the leash. In addition, add a K9FITvest for a more intense workout.

Consider Indoor Activities

Working with your dog on a treadmill will be a great excuse to further the bond with your dog and provide your dog with extra loving attention. If your dog is still struggling with the cold, a DogTread Treadmill is a great option! These can be used in your home or wherever you take it. It’s great for a FULL workout anytime, anywhere and it keeps you and your dog out of the elements.  For this and other information on DogTread® Treadmills, dog training, dog exercise, dog health, indoor exercise for dogs and treading for dogs please email or call us at (801)-866-3955

 

Photo Credits: Sand Spring Chesapeakes – Nellie (top left) Diva on DogTread at Eukannuba

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