Keeping Your Dog Active Indoors

Are you enjoying the cold weather? Or are you already counting down the days until spring? Ontario isn’t exactly known for mild winters. Those frigid temperatures can be tough on dogs, too. Fido may have a fur coat on, but he may be much happier curled up in his doggy bed when it’s cold out. However, it is important to keep your canine buddy active and moving, even if it’s too cold to take him for a long walk. In this article, a Newmarket, ON vet at Armitage Animal Clinic discusses keeping dogs active indoors.


The best way to keep your furry friend moving is also the most adorable one. Playing will get Fido off the couch and moving. You can play fetch with your canine companion indoors, though you of course want to choose a spot where there aren’t a lot of breakables nearby. Another cute option is to hold a laser pointer for your pup to chase.

Stair Runs

Here’s a great way to get Fido moving: go to the top of the stairs, holding his favorite toy. Call your canine pal to you. When he reaches you, toss the toy down the stairs. Chances are, your pooch will run after his plaything and bring it back to you.


Do you have a treadmill? If so, you may be able to teach Fido to walk on it. Just be sure to put your furry pal’s safety first. Start slow, with the treadmill on the lowest speed. Also, be sure to remove your pup’s collar before putting him on the treadmill, and always closely supervise his workouts.

Hide N Seek

This is a fun game! Wait until Fido is napping—or just not paying attention—and hide from him. Then, call your pooch to you. Reward your furry buddy with belly rubs when he finds you, so he doesn’t think you called him for nothing.


Not all exercises are suitable for every dog. Many larger breeds should not be encouraged to jump or stand up, as this can contribute to bone/joint issues. Brachycephalic pups, like pugs, often lose their breath easily and should never be overexerted. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Please feel free to contact us anytime. Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON animal hospital, is here to provide your pet with excellent care.

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