5 Indoor Activities to Do With Your Dog


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With wind chills forecasted to plummet well below zero this week, it’s really starting to feel like winter in Chicago. As you can imagine, your pup’s energy level doesn’t dip when the temperature does. While I’m sure you’d rather hibernate under the covers until the world begins to thaw, your dog still needs a consistent level of exercise to keep her happy and healthy through the coldest months of the year. Since long walks, trips to the dog beach, and fetch in the park will be on hiatus for the foreseeable future, here are some indoor activities you can do with your dog to keep her physically and mentally stimulated.

1. Dog daycare

Taking your pup to dog daycare a few times a week is the perfect way to allow your four legged friend to socialize with other humans and animals. Your dog will get her energy out while you’re at work, and you can both cuddle up on the couch for a Netflix marathon when you get home.

2. Chicago Party Animals

If you prefer to socialize alongside your dog, check out the event calendar at Chicago Party Animals. Located in the West Loop, Chicago Party Animals offers a full schedule of events that allow for off-leash, indoor playtime safe from the winter elements.

3. Toy shopping

The next time your dog is due for a new toy or bone, take her with you so she can pick it out herself. Stores like PetSmart and Pet Co allow friendly, leashed dogs to accompany their owners inside. Your pup will love smelling the new scents and being able to select her own prize.

4. Happy hour

Believe it or not, several of Chicago’s neighborhood bars allow dogs indoors. Bucktown Pub, for example, allows dogs to accompany their owners during non-peak hours. Stop by for a pint and some popcorn with the comfort of your dog at your feet. The change of scenery will be mentally stimulating for your pup.

5. Agility class

Looking to give your dog an extra challenge? Sign up for an indoor agility class through Chicago Agility. Dogs will gain confidence, focus, coordination, and physical exercise while being introduced to basic obstacle performance.

Taking your pup to dog daycare and alternating between a few of these indoor activities will keep your dog physically fit and mentally stimulated all winter. Before long, spring will arrive and you and your dog can resume your favorite outdoor activities once again. Do you and your pup do any indoor activities we haven’t listed here? If so, feel free to share with us on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page!

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