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Exercising Your Dog Indoors

As you have probably noticed, Ontario isn’t exactly known for having mild, pleasant winters. Once the cold weather hits, many dog owners start taking shorter walks. Taking your pooch for a nice long stroll in summer is wonderful, but it isn’t quite as much fun when it’s freezing out! You do want to make sure that Fido does get enough activity, however. Read on as a local London, ON veterinarian offers some tips on keeping Fido active indoors.

Fetch

Fetch is a simple, classic doggy game, and it’s fun for both you and Fido. You can toss your pooch his favorite toy to catch while you’re watching TV.

Laser Pointer

Chasing that little red dot can be a great workout for your canine buddy. Just be careful never to shine the light directly into his eyes.

Stair Runs

Stair runs can really get your pet’s blood pumping. Just a few minutes of this vigorous activity will give Fido a great workout. Stand at the top of the stairs with one of your pet’s favorite toys. Call Fido to you. When he reaches you, toss the toy down the stairs and have him retrieve it.

Hide And Seek

Hide and seek can be a fun way to sneak in a bit of extra activity for you and your pooch. You can play in super-quick sessions: just hide somewhere for a moment, and call your dog to you. When Fido finds you, reward him with praise.

Treadmill

Believe it or not, some dogs really enjoy being on a treadmill. Just be sure to always put your pet’s safety first. Always remove Fido’s collar and leash before letting him on a treadmill. Start your pooch out on the lowest setting, to let him get used to the machine. Also, never leave your dog on a treadmill unsupervised. Ask your vet for more information.

General

Not every type of exercise is suitable for all dogs. Many larger dogs should not be encouraged to jump or stand on their hind legs, while smaller dogs can get tired out very quickly. Be sure to ask your vet about what type and amount of exercise is suitable for your canine pal.

Does your dog need his shots or an examination? Please feel free to contact us, your local London, ON animal hospital, anytime. We are here to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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