Its normal to get lazy in winters because of the short days and cold weather, and like us, our pets react to the cold weather similarly. However, it is important that your pet stays in a healthy body condition during wintertime even when the temperature outdoor is not conducive for outdoor activity, but you have to find ways and days to get them a little bit of exercise during wintertime.
You can look for days where the temperature is a little bit warmer than usual and take your dog out for a nice stroll. Your dog will enjoy a walk on a brisk day, but you have to be careful of salt and chemicals on the sidewalks that could harm your dog’s paws. What you need are booties for your dog to keep his paws from harm’s way.
If you’re away on holiday or a business trip away from your dog, make sure that you communicate this with your pet sitter to avoid any accidents. Another useful tip to keep your dog’s body stimulated is to put his meals in a feeding toy which will make your dog work hard for his meals and studies have shown that dogs enjoy their meals more when they have to work hard for it. It will stimulate your dog’s body and mind without venturing into the winter weather.
Your pet sitter can also do this while you are away and make use of this fun little tip to make their mealtime more fun and active.
Another way you can make your dog work for things is making treat time more fun. You can keep your dog in one room and hide his treats in another room and make him look for it. This little game of hide-and-seek will make your dog work harder to find his treat, and in return, he can get a workout and a treat at the same time. You can hide the treat in an easier place, in the beginning, to make him understand the game, and gradually make it hard for him.
You need to constantly monitor your dog’s weight because any change in your dog’s activity can either result in weight loss or weight gain. It is advised that you keep that in check and if you observe a drastic gain in weight or loss in weight, then you should contact your vet regarding the situation.