5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Active During Winter

It’s been an unpleasant Winter. Many dogs are bored and lacking activities.
Sugar has exhibited boredom and have to be creative in keeping her active.

Here are 5 Winter Activities To Keep Your Dog Active

Golden Retreiver Snow Fetch Play

1) Enjoy the beauty of Winter.
Don’t let the winter weather stop you from enjoying the outdoor. Fresh snow is the best time to play fetch and a fun way to burn lots of energy. Also, a brisk walk around the block or at the park are both beneficial for you and for your dog.

Indoor dog-friendly Garden Center

2) If the winter temp is frightful, find indoor facilities that you and your dog can walk.
a) Take your dog to a Pet Supply/Store.
Walk your dog while you shop and/or check out the latest pet products.
b) Check your city/town for a dog-friendly mall.
c) Many Hardware and/or Garden Center are dog-friendly as they carry dog (pet) products.

Golden Retriever FUN indoor Swim

3) Take your dog swimming.
Check out hydrotherapy facilities in your area. Most of these facilities also offer fun dog swim. Swimming is an excellent total body conditioning activity. The heated water is an added benefit, it decreases pain, muscle spasms and stiffness.

Indoor Agility FUN Run

4) There are many establishments that rent their agility ring for fun play at affordable rates. For half an hour agility run, your dog can burn lots of energy. It’s a great bonding game too.

Dog Mental Games

5) Mental Games and Tricks:
Remember at any age, a dog can learn new games and tricks.There are many mental games geared for dogs like Toys r Us Treat Puzzle game. OR You can create your own game using household items and your dog’s toy, like Tennis Ball Cupcakes.

*If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve seen several of Sugar’s mini 15 sec videos, Game For The Day. Check it out and you get to see also Sugar’s agility video.

Keep in mind, Keeping Your Dog Active is an All-Season Responsibility and creates bonding between you and your dog.


  1. Daisy says

    Winter is OUR season…we love it. Now if we could just work out some activities when it rains, like it is now…

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

  2. says

    those are all wonderful ideas – it does help when you live in a large city though – many smaller towns like we live in don’t have options…but Mom finds ways for us to keep active – we love our treadmill for a good walk a couple of times if it too cold to be outside

  3. Frankie and Ernie says

    We have seen SEVERAL of our furends using YOUR idea of the tennis Balls in the muffin tin. THAT is a GOOD one.

  4. says

    Good tip, great reminder. I have to say even if the weather is frightful MOM and I still get out and exersize. MOM cleverly disuses it as fun.

  5. says

    We try to spend the cold time with learning some tricks and we play games. Many thanks for the tip with the tennisball-game, it’s really funny ( but we lost some of the balls)

  6. says

    All the Lowe’s and Home Depots around us are dog-friendly. I LOVE going to Lowe’s and looking around. Momma takes foster dogs there too to help them get socialized.

  7. says

    Great tips! :) We don’t have to deal with snow but we do get a lot of rain down here. Next time the weather is gross I’m planning on taking Nailah to PetSmart for a walk and training session! 😀

  8. says

    Great tips, Sugar! We are always out walking no matter what and we have done lots of mental workouts lately. Not to bored around here.

  9. says

    I must say, that there is a lot to do with your dog – Over there. Rent Agility, dogswim, Dogshopping-mall, we don’t have anything of that here in Denmark. I do envy you guys. Have a great activity weekend.

  10. The OP Pack says

    Mom is pretty good about taking us for walks as long as there isn’t any snow or ice on the walkways. We wish we had a hydrotherapy pool near us – seems like a lot of fun.

    Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  11. says

    Hi Y’all,

    Great ideas. Those in rural areas don’t really have those options available without an hour or two drive. Bur the puzzle games come in handy. Indoor obedience practice can keep the mind busy.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  12. says

    I love that tennis ball cupcakes thing. Shiver has more than enough tennis balls to do something like that.

    I was just thinking that if it doesn’t rain tomorrow, I’d like to take my boys out for a walk.

  13. says

    Excellent tips! Our Bella is starting to get bored. Our winter has been particularly brutal, and even she would rather not go out (she will spend hours at a time outside in the summer). I think she would really love a trip to Lowes. Colby, too. I’ve been looking for some new places to take them to continue working on socialization…bingo!

  14. says

    Great post, Sugar and Mom! I could offer any number of excuses for being lazy during the winter, but I won’t. I find the easiest time and way to keep Callie and Shadow active is playing fetch/keep away with them — indoors or out — while Ducky’s at daycare. They like the game, and 15 minutes at a time is enough to tire them out for a nap while I study. We have those food toys, too, but I have to do that separately because they are all prone to some resource guarding when it comes to food/treats. I learned my lesson about that the hard way the first time I used the toy. (Luckily, I was able to separate them long enough to diffuse the tension.)

  15. says

    Those are great ideas. We like to do all that stuff. We have never been to a dog pool, we should see if there is one around here!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  16. says

    Great article.. though i guess my husky would need that much to stay active during winters. He just loves winter and playing in the snow.