Give Indoor Exercise a Shot
If it’s just too hot or your dog doesn’t want to exercise outdoors in the heat, you can always try some air-conditioned, indoor dog activities to help get your dog exercising. Dr. Stephens suggests using a hallway to play fetch.
“Indoor exercises can be a great alternative to overheating outside,” says Dr. Deborah Linder, DVM, DACVN, head of the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals at the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. “For smaller dogs, supervised swimming in the bathtub may be all they need.” Dog pools are becoming more common, and, while not indoors, many dog parks include swimming ponds.
“Agility courses, behavioral training or dispensing toys that require some mental or physical energy are great ways to keep your pet moving and satisfied,” adds Dr. Linder.