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Q: How do you beat your dogs winter blues?

September 29, 2008 | By Rachel G. | 15 answers | Expired: 2115 days ago

Rachel G.

I have an American Staffordshire Terrier who has tons of energy. He gets cold really easily in the winter time and doesn't like to go out as much. How should I keep my dogs physical needs up in the winter?

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sherry f.
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Oct 02, 2008

I have a havanese with the same problem. I like to let him use the treadmill several times a day or we play games (fetch, hide and seek, etc.) Also, a half hour or so of training (or teaching him a new trick) will help both of you out.

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Meredith M.
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Oct 01, 2008

Find mind-entertaining inside activities and he'll tire out just from thinking.

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Julie Kay S.
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Oct 01, 2008

There are several variables. What is your dog's age? Activity level during the other seasons? How much time do you budget for your dog's exercise/play time? All these factors come into play (no pun intended!) when you're trying to work with a seasonal slowdown. In the case of the northern breeds, wintertime is their most happy and active time! Another big factor is how YOU deal with winter. If you remain cheerful and upbeat, keeping a cheerful, optimistic voice and lots of positive reinforcement, you will transmit that to your dog and make wintertime easier for him. The other answers, suggesting sweaters and other attire to help lessen the chances of him getting chilled/cold are wonderful. Several short excursions outside to do "sheltered exercise" (out of the direct blast of the winter wind, like alongside a tall fence, in a closed garage or some other outside area that is not getting the drafts) will help. Even ten minutes of running back and forth with you will help get both of your juices flowing and make him more okay with going outside. I sincerely hope this helps! I've never had a shorthaired dog, so am not familiar with their needs, other than the obvious (that they must be able to stay warm).

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Dianebruske
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Oct 01, 2008

Hi there. For your very active breed, you may want to consider enrolling him in a doggie daycare type facility where he can run and play with other dogs indoors. You may even be able to take him there for an hour or two per day, and stay to supervise his play and interaction with the other dogs. But paramount to his happiness is getting enough exercise, either with you or on his own. Swaddle him up and take him outdoors for runs, or teach him to trot on your treadmill. Sunshine and fresh air are the best, but indoor exercise is better than nothing. Good luck!

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LovingKitsi
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Oct 01, 2008

Check out jbpets.com I just bought my dog some sweaters from there for nearly 1/2 the price of other stores (especially places like Petco and chain stores which can charge around $20 per sweater!) I got her a cute cable knit one for $4!!!! They have a ton of stuff on there and it's wholesale so the prices are great, they even have nylabones at a great price!

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Kim L.
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Oct 01, 2008

Either buy him a coat or a treadmill.

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Danielle M.
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Sep 30, 2008

Toys are always a good way to get your pet to engage in activity. let them run around the house play catch and just have some fun. also just to make them have some fun if they enjoy car rides take them out for a car ride to see the wonderful snow. and if they really enjoy the snow a sweater and they actually make dog snow shoes that work rather well if you want to go for a small walk or play catch for a few minutes so they can get a breath of fresh air

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Lexismommy
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Sep 30, 2008

Your dog likes squeaky toys so engage him with squeaky toys and have him chase it in the house.

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Lisa
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Sep 30, 2008

We tend to play with them in the house. My boyfriend starts with the warm up - run around the house over and over again instigating some play time. Then he grabs a rope and plays some tug. Then I grab a squeeky tennis ball and bounce it off walls to get him to chase it. I know this only works if you don't have a lot of stuff on the walls, but It wears them out!

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Pitbullluvr17
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Sep 30, 2008

a sweater usually works, but i do have short haired dogs and it is hard for them to cope in the winter when it is extremely cold. i would say maybe just play with your dog in the house or take it for a short walk in the winter. thats what i do, and when its not as cold i put a sweater on my dogs and take them snowshoeing or skiing.

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