Too cold or too hot weather can be a discouraging for you to take the dog out for a walk. Regardless, a dog still requires its daily exercise to stay fit and active. A lack of exercise can have several consequences including the dog destroying furniture, increased anxiety, chewing on expensive house items, and hyperactive behavior among other behavioral problems.
In this regard, Hunt Valley Animal Hospital Cockeysville, MD recommends that you undertake some physical activity sessions at home. Below are some effective exercises that you can help your dog do while indoors:
1. Run Your Dog Up And Down the Stairs
Stairs are a great work out for your dog. They add an extra challenge to the dog’s exercise since they involve different muscles than those used on a normal walk or run. Moreover, the change in elevation makes the work out more efficient. You can combine this exercise with fetch, where you stand at the top of the stairs and throw down a toy to your dog. When the dog gets the toy, call his name and have him return the toy to you. After a few rounds of this, your dog will be ready for a nap.
2. Laser Pointer
No doubt your dog will enjoy chasing the mysterious red dot. Ensure you don’t point the laser lights directly into his eyes. You can make the game more fun by doling out a healthy threat. This way your dog won’t get frustrated chasing something he can’t catch.
3. Create an Obstacle Course
Creating an obstacle course for your dog is a great way to challenge him both physically and mentally. There are numerous things around your house you can use to set up these obstacle courses. For instance, blankets, chairs, cushions, and a hula hoop can be used to make a tunnel into which the dog can run through, jump over, or scooch. Don’t forget to reward your dog with a treat to encourage him.
4. Take Your Dog for a Socialized Outing
If you live around Cockeysville, MD you can simply put your dog in the car and take him around for a tour in the nearest pet store. While there walk your dog through the aisles and allow him to try out toys and sniff around. Socialized outings also boost your dog’s mood when he sees other animals.
5. Play Tug-Of- War
Most dogs love a classic game of tug-of-war. Grab a rope of your pups favorite toys and brace yourself for fun!
Hunt Valley Animal Hospital cautions dog owners against engaging all in vigorous exercises. For puppies, running around the house is enough work out. Matured dogs on the other hand, may need a little more than just running.
You can always contact us at Hunt Valley Animal Hospital Cockeysville, MD for more information regarding your pet’s health.