Too cold to walk the dog or expect the cat to go out? Try our indoor activities instead

November 7, 2021

A brisk wintery walk with your dog can be an invigorating form of exercise for you both. But when is it too cold to walk the dog or expect your cat to want to go outside?

Not all pets will love, or do well in freezing, wet, snowy, severe weather conditions – we all have our limits! If you find your pet point-blank refusing to step outside, or they are shivering (a dog coat will help) or struggling to get about in bad weather, it may be time to batten down the hatches and enjoy some time indoors together instead.

Download our indoor dog activities

Claygate Vets’ nursing team have come up with some fun ways to entertain and exercise dogs and cats indoors, when the weather outside is frightening… Ready to try some?

  • Step 1: Choose activities based on age & physical ability and choose rewards that you know will motivate your pet.
  • Step 2: Gather the items you need and prepare your ‘arena’.
  • Step 3: Share photos & videos on Facebook and tag them with #winterpetfun so we can see them!

Indoor activities for dogs

Exercise & mental stimulation are daily necessities for dogs. To avoid your dog getting cabin fever, try these fun activities. Top tip – a chopped up carrot is a healthy treat option!

  • Indoor walkies: Who said dog walks had to be done outdoors? After several laps of your home, you’ll both fancy a hot drink and a nap – dog lead optional.
  • Dog puzzles: You can buy dog boredom breaker puzzles and toys online or make your own games. Try the shell game – you need cups and treats to hide under them, switch them around and get your dog to find the treat.
  • Fun physio: Getting your dog to sit-to-stand a few times is good for strengthening muscles, as is standing with their front paws on a wobble board and following a treat with their head in all directions. Weaving, doing full turns, and giving paws with a little stretch are great for mobility too. Add treats as rewards and you have yourself a happy dog! If your dog has an injury, always follow the advice of your Vet.

Get 4 bonus indoor dog activities when you download our infographic!

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