Winterizing Your Dog's Routine

With cooler weather around the corner, now is a good time to think about additional activities to do with your dog. In inclement weather, it’s not as easy to do many of the normal things you enjoy – long walks, playing ball, dog parks, outdoor dining, swimming, etc.

Luckily, there are many activities that you can do with your dog to keep him moving, thinking, happy and healthy. Options to consider include:

  • Training your dog to burn some energy and calories by running on a treadmill. It’s important to work with a trainer to do this safely and to keep your pooch happy and engaged.

  • Outings to businesses that are pet friendly, like Lowes, Home Depot and Buchheits. Your dog can explore new surroundings and interact with dog friendly workers and patrons. Be sure to call your local store to make sure that they allow dogs as it can vary by location.

  • Training your dog to do a new trick or skill is a great way to keep your dog stimulated, rewarded and to wear him out. Learning new tricks and games is not only fun for your dog, but your entire family can participate.

  • Teaching your dog to do Nose Work. Did you know that your dog is a smelling machine? Dogs have approximately 220 million cells devoted to smell; whereas humans have only 5 million. Nose Work is a fun activity that requires your dog to track or find items. There are many Nose Work games that you can learn to keep your dog challenged and entertained. Trainers have found that five minutes of Nose Work is equivalent to approximately 20 minutes of physical activity.

  • Train your dog to become a Canine Good Citizen. Learn more at

  • Take your dog to a doggy day care to mix things up. Many of our day care dogs look forward to being with the SmartyPaws Pack and are wore out for a day or two afterwards. SmartyPaws offers doggy daycare, board & train as well as in-home training options. When checking out a day care facility, make sure that the facility matches your training style (positive = no squirt bottles, etc.)

If you would like to add something to your fall or winter routine there are a lot of great options to explore. For more information about training options or to have your dog hang out with the SmartyPaws Pack, contact Jerri at 618-303-6868 or

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