So you’ve been stuck inside for months during maybe the cold, snow, sleet, wind, and rain, and now that you’ve got an extra hour of daylight, why not make the most of it! But, your dog seems to be lazy (or maybe both of you), and have gotten used to the snuggles and lounges by the fire, or laying on the couch as you read a good book or watch a popular series. If your dog seems more interested in lounging around, you may have a canine couch potato! Dogs may become overweight and develop health issues in left inactive for too long. No matter what type of dog you have, all dogs are meant to run and play. But rest assured, getting your lazy dog more active may be easier than you think. You may want to start slow, indoors, and offer him treats for simple tricks. Gradually work your way into outdoor play, running faster and longer with each trip outside.
Most dogs love the sound of “Let’s go for a Walk!” It doesn’t have to be a long walk, just a step outside for some fresh air, a sniff and a piddle may be all your pooch needs to get him started. Get him a HERO Treat N Play toy and hide his favorite treat inside to get him motivated to move around. Take the toy outside and allow him to play with it outdoors. Soon he’ll be sniffing the area and maybe discover interesting scents!
Playdates can be fun for our dogs, too. Interaction with other dogs is great for your pet and his socializing skills. Doggie daycare and dog boarding are other great ways to satisfy his pack nature and keep him active. Playdates don’t have to be very long, even if it’s just for 10 to 15 minutes a day, it’s important to get involved with your dog. Grab his favorite HERO toy and play a game of fetch or tug-o-war. The goal is an activity, so even if it’s just the two of you on your walkway, it’s better than nothing!