DOGS AND CABIN FEVER
During our training runs with the Small Steps running class, we have the opportunity to discuss a wide variety of topics. The fun part of running with a group is the opportunity to talk to other with the same interests...it makes the hour long training sessions go by real fast and we dive into some real interesting topics, such as favourite desserts... future running goals...the restaurant on the river at the Forks and of course....our dogs.
With this Friday, being the 3rd consecutive week of running in -20 to -30 degree temperatures, the topic of conversation turned to the side effects of winter and how it was taking its toll in our lives and more specifically with our dogs.
We had come to the conclusion that dogs can be come irritable, depressed, bored, restless, and frustrated...just like us human folks. The bitter cold makes the outdoors inhospitable, so we stay indoors. On good days we are able to stay out of mischief; on the darkest days of winter we go stir crazy, which generally results in some sort of bad behavior. What that behaviour is varies with the day (and the species), but yes – just like humans, dogs can and do get Cabin Fever.
Cabin Fever is a state of mind. It’s a claustrophobic reaction brought on by an extended stay in a confined space or a remote, isolated area. Although Cabin Fever is more prevalent in winter, it can occur any time of the year.
Normally well-behaved dogs suffering from Cabin Fever may begin to pick fights with other family pets. They might stare vacantly out the window all day, chew on things they’re not supposed to, or race around the house like something possessed. So what’s a responsible Mom and Dad to do when the weather outside is down right miserable?
Well, that is where the Fit n Fun classes come into play! We take a three step approach to chasing the Cabin Fever away from our loved ones. This includes:
All dogs need regular exercise and active play. Even though the harsh winter weather might prevent you from taking them out for long walks, runs or playtime, they still need to get sufficient exercise for their breed. The Fit n Fun sessions is a great way burn off excess dog energy – and calories too! We get your dog involved in physically fun and very original games such as: Tunnel challenge; Treadmill workouts; 25 meter sprints; Weaving Plunger; Hide n Seek; and various obstacle courses.
Fit n Fun also involves your dog with various mental stimulating games such as: The Star Chamber; Baseball Challenge; and Sniff n Seek.
3) Extra Attention:
Fit n Fun has a maximum class size of 4 dogs where personal attention is spent with each dog during the hour long fun sessions. There is plenty of playing, petting, hugging, treats, praising and just hanging out...all that go a long way to chasing the winter blues away for your dog.
Why not give the Fit n Fun session a try for your dog? They will absolutely love you for it!
Buddy the Beagle, Tucker, Murphy, Tika, Buddy, Bailey, Toby, Pitou, Elway, Angel, Timmy, Snickers, and Hobs...