Keeping Your Dog Active Indoors

Love it or hate it, winter is officially well underway. While some of our canine patients, like huskies, love the snow and cold, others spend a lot of time snuggled up in their doggy beds at this time of year. Needless to say, many dogs don’t get as much exercise in winter as they do in summer. However, that doesn’t mean your pet should become a complete couch potato. Here, a London, ON vet offers tips on keeping Fido active inside.

Stair Runs

Is your canine buddy a bouncing ball of fur? Tire him out with some stair runs. Stand at the top of the steps, and toss a toy down to Fido. When he brings it to you, toss it again!


Do you have a treadmill? Some dogs really like using these! There are a few safety considerations here. First, be sure to remove Fido’s collar, so it doesn’t get caught on anything. You’ll also need to train your furry pal. Start on the slowest setting until he gets the hang of it. Also, always supervise your pet’s workouts.


You can play Fetch indoors. Just choose a spot without a lot of breakable objects!

Laser Pointers

Dogs are adorable when they’re trying to catch that red dot. This is a great game for people whose pets are more active than they are, as Fido does all the work.

Hide N Seek

Hide toys and treats in a few different spots, and have Fido go hunt for them. You can also hide yourself by slipping into a closet or behind a door.

Workout Buddy

Do you work out at home? Incorporate your pooch into your regimen. If you do squats or sit-ups, toss a toy for your pet to fetch. If you time it right, he should return to you as you’re sitting up. This also works with squats and lunges. (It’s worth noting that Fido also enjoys yoga. However, Man’s Best Friend isn’t the best yoga buddy.)


Our canine companions all have their own unique exercise needs. Some pups need as much as an hour of vigorous energy each day. Others, particularly small dogs, will get a pretty good workout just by running around the house. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please contact us, your London, ON animal clinic, for all your pup’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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