Spring fever is epidemic now, but it won’t be long before the ice has melted, the snow has cleared, and you and your dog are able to get back to your outdoor exercise routines. In fact, exercise is one of the most important things for your dog’s good physical and mental health. For high-energy dogs, a rigorous game of fetch or a run around the neighborhood will help to settle him down so he can better focus during a training session. And for couch-potato dogs, an easy walk around the block will do the trick to get his blood moving and be better ready to pay attention to you.
However, until the weather breaks, there are still some things you and your pup can do for indoor exercise to get his mood and energy hormones flowing. In addition, these activities will alleviate boredom. Consider trying these workouts:
- Stair climbing: A great way to build your dog’s muscle is to have her go up and down a flight of stairs. As you probably know, this is tough for humans, so it is just as tough, if not more so, for your pup. In other words, don’t overdo it,
- Hide and seek: Movement is key, and this is what an old-fashioned game of hide and seek will do.
- Exercise equipment: Here I’m talking about a treadmill or ball. Put the speed on low and let your dog walk for a short time. Be careful, though, as some dogs can become fearful which could lead to injury. Encourage your dog to push around a soccer ball, basketball, softball, or some other appropriately sized round object for a fun game of movement.
- Tug-of-war: Many dogs enjoy a good tug-of-war match and it’s also good for muscle building.
- Agility: Make your own agility course using brooms, boxes, or other safe household items and entice your dog around it by offering treats.
The key is for you and your dog to move, so try some of these exercises to strengthen muscles and increase stamina to prepare for the fun and rigor of good-weather outdoor workouts.