When the weather gets wild, the beaches might be too windy, or the roads aretoo snow-covered for usual outdoor walks. Australian pet owners need to findalternative ways to give dogs exercise. The correct amount of training canprevent dog obesity as well as hyperactivity. Here are some ideas for indooractivities for your furry friend.

Before We Start

Before diving into indoor activity ideas for your dog, it is important to notethat all dogs are different regarding what level and amount of exercise theycan tolerate. For example, dogs with short noses (the brachycephalic breeds)like pugs and bulldogs, can only get limited amounts of air through theirnasal passages so they cannot run as far or fast as other breeds.

Besides breeding, your dog might also have limited activity tolerance becauseof age or a medical condition. Old, injured, or sick dogs still need exercise,but the type and duration will be specific. Some exercises can help to easethe pain of a condition — like swimming for arthritis. Work with your vet tofigure out what types of activities will be best for your specific pet.

Indoor Exercise Ideas For Your Dog

After discussing your pup’s exercise routine with your vet, you can start towork on some indoor activities. Here are some options.

Hide And Seek

Have your dog sit and stay while you hide. Then, call your dog to you. Whenyour dog finds you provide a reward in the form of a treat or a game of tug.This is a great way to practice recalls and get some mileage in around thehouse.

Scent Play

Hide your pup’s favourite treats around the house. Your dog will have to sniffout the hidden treat — travelling upstairs and into different rooms in themeantime.

Canine Treadmill

There are many different kinds of treadmill designs for dogs. Some look likegiant hamster wheels, while others are a lot like human treadmills. Be sure tocheck the weight limit before purchasing.

Most “hyper” dogs are under exercised. If you notice that your dog isdisplaying inappropriate biting behaviour or other signs of hyperactivity,consider including more exercise in his or her routine. Exercise also preventsobesity. Even if the weather outside is preventing walks in the fresh air, youcan do activities like hiding and seek, scent work, and treadmill runs. Thiswill help your pup stay calm, happy and healthy.

Lucy Andrews

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