Dear Jeni Q&A:     

How do I ensure that my pup is still getting enough exercise during the winter months?   

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It's understandable that when the sun goes down and the temperature begins to drop we just want to stay inside, but there are a few simple ways to keep your four-legged family member active and to keep you warm!  

Hide and seek. This is a great way to keep your dog stimulated mentally and physically; toss your dog a treat then run to another room, give your dog a moment then begin to call its name.  

Teach a new trick. Dogs love to learn something new. Teaching them a new trick keeps their mind alert and active. You'll be amazed at how quickly they learn by practicing just a few minutes every day.  

Sign up for a class. Sign up for an indoor class at a local pet care facility. Your dog will be able to expand energy and socialize; they'll also learn important skills and proper manners!  

Get outdoors. Of course, this is still necessary and important for Your dog. Bundle up and get your pup outside; running through snow is great exercise for bigger dogs. Limit outdoor time to 30-40 minutes, as too much time in the cold can be dangerous. And, always make sure to wash any salt or ice melt chemicals from your dog’s paws when you return inside!