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Old 12-13-2011, 11:34 PM   #1
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Default Keeping dogs in shape during winter

My dog Pheobie use to do agility everyday and had at least a one mile walk a day back at my old house. I moved to a small snowy town recently and it is way to cold for her to be going outside (shes a small dog so snow and her don't mix well) and I've noticed that since moving here and not going outside much more than to use the bathroom she has gained a few pounds, she's quite chubby now actually. How should I go about keeping her in shape for these winter months? She doesn't play fetch so that's out of the question hehe
I'm not too worried about her weight I just don't want her to have any health problems and I know she's bored just doing nothing all day at the house.

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Old 12-13-2011, 11:38 PM   #2
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First, make sure you are feeding for her energy requirements, and no just what the bag says.

Secondly, Go walk around the Pet Stores. They'll gladly let you wakl in their heated, larger buildings

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Old 12-13-2011, 11:43 PM   #3
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The town I moved to has no petstores, its so tiny, thats a good idea though.

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Old 12-13-2011, 11:47 PM   #4
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Then get a coat for her, and brave the outdoors :P

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Since you've done some agility, here ya go:

Dog Agility Training In Winter
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Which one is Phoebe? If she is the Larger one in your avatar pix, she would be the right size for ski jor. That's cross country skiing with one or two dogs pulling you. I'm pretty sure small dogs wouldn't be able to do that. I do that with Frodo, and it's pretty unstructured. I just go to a park and he runs and I follow on skis. I'm not very good at skiing, but Frodo loves it and we have lots of fun. I wear a harness that is attached by a bungee leash to a harness on Frodo specifically made for that sport.
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Just to let you know, I am seriously uncoordinated, albeit enthusiastic, but if I can sort of ski with a dog, probably anyone can
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In the winter, I cut back on the food for my dogs. Even though they are athletes and enjoy the cold weather and the snow, I usually do not. Many of us who have athletic dogs and want to keep them in shape in the "off season" use treadmills. It is very easy to teach a dog to use a treadmill. It takes a few attempts, usually some really tasty food rewards but it does help. Depending on how athletic your dog is, and no matter the speed on the treadmill we usually just base it on time on the treadmill not how far or how fast. Within a week or so, dogs are usually moving at a good clip. This training builds endurance, as well, so you want to make sure you are prepared for increased endurance. There are several websites online that show how to begin using a treadmill. If you do not have a treadmill, this is the time of year one usually finds them on Craigslist and other sale sites. People who got one last year thinking they would use it as part of their new year's resolution have them for sale for the other's who think this coming year is the year they will get in shape. There are treadmills made especially for dogs, but the ones I have found were more expensive than the ones for us humans. Good Luck!
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The treadmill is a great idea. I live in a more temperate zone, and so my dogs get out in the winter a lot. But if I were in a Northern zone, I'd be ll over the treadmill. Even so, my dogs know how to use one for the few weeks a year here where outdoor exercise isn't advisable.
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Treadmill!! Vinnie walked on one everyday last winter! Right now he's recovering from FHO surgery so that's out for a little while - that and I think he wore out the motor!! So I'm looking for a new one - Vinnie loved walking on it!!

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