How to Exercise Your Dogs In The Winter

Here are some suggestions for owners to ensure their dogs can plenty of exercise in the winter.

Don't Stop Walking Your Dog Because It's Cold Outside

If you have a Nordic breed dog, a decrease in winter activity may have more to do with the dog walker than the dog. Bundle up and get moving-it will do you both good. Many cold weather dogs exercise more in the winter; they're bred for (and love) the cold and snow.

Smaller Dogs Will Enjoy The Walk If They're Warm and Safe

For smaller or more heat-loving dogs, winter dog coats and booties may make those daily walks a little more comfortable. There are fleece jackets that offer wind and water protection. Be sure the coat fits snugly to keep out drafts.

If icy paw pads are a problem, booties can protect your dog's feet. If your dog object to the booties, be sure to check his pads when you get home. Ice buildup can injure paw pads and ice melter can burn sensitive skin.

Exercise Your Dog Indoors

If you have a toy or hairless breed, you may need to move your dog exercise routine indoors. A few runs up and down the stairs of an enthusiastic chase around the house may be enough exercise for a smaller dog.