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The snow can be an exciting and yet terrifying idea for your dog. While it’s beautiful look-wise, it can be quite deadly too. There are many risks to going out in extreme temperatures. While keeping the potential risks like hypothermia, frostbite, and injuries to the paw pad in mind, don’t let the cold climate put a hamper on your exercise routines.Practice basic safety and you can go on burning calories even in the dead of winter. The best part about exercising with your dog is that they can do almost anything we can. They can swim, walk, run, hike, yoga, and even boot camp. Exercising with your dog not only gets you fit, but it also strengthens the bond that you have with your pet.Here Are A Few Ways You Can Keep Up The Heat This Winter:
- Turn your walks into fun obstacle courses.While leash walks are great, they are also one of the most leisurely exercises out there for dogs. In order to burn more calories, you’ll have to do more than just walking at a slow, comfortable pace. Try a higher intensity exercise instead. Intensify your hikes by going up hills at varying speeds. Take different paths and build your stamina.
- Make the snow your friend.Winter sports are fun and engaging. Try going cross-country skiing with your dog. You will be in charge of all your equipment and your dog can run alongside you. It will be a great and memorable exercise for the both of you. There are also other winter sports activities that you can try out with your dog. There is so much snow around. Why let it go to waste?
- Don’t be afraid of the steps.If the weather doesn’t permit you to go outside, look for ways to work out inside. Start at the stairs. This is a great way to get your heart going. Stair walks are great exercises to do with dogs. It will be fun and effective. You will be there every step of the way so you can rest assured that your dog will be safe. If you have a partner, one of you could try standing on top of the stairs while the other stands at the bottom. Call for your dog alternatively. This will make him go back and forth, up and down, on the stairs and is great exercise.
- Try indoor swimming.Not only is swimming an excellent cardio workout, but it’s also great on the joints. Keep in mind that dogs aren’t professionals at swimming. That’s why it’s important to start at a slower pace and then move up once you’ve built up your endurance.