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    Default What activities to do in bad weather?

    We are getting some sleet and ice in NC and its not a good time to take long walks. I was wondering what people do with their cavaliers that live in cold weather and are used to this? Elton is high energy and at least needs several long walks or throwing the ball on the rooftop.

    Also, it usually is not that cold here. Elton doesn't have a jacket but I have one from Ella that is too big. He has a sweater but it can get wet and cold.

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    Also, I live in a small apartment so throwing the ball inside is not an option. He has several toys but really only likes balls.
    Anne Proud mother of Elton 5 and Angel Ella

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    Just what I was going to ask!! our 'winter' has finally arrived and this morning we got caught in a very nasty hail storm and ended up sheltering in a neighbours garage overhang ...gales have returned on and off throughout the day with icy rain, so we threw ball (space in the house) and played at the hunt the kibble, find which room daddy is in (now daddy does NOT want to be found ) and weave poles.....I'm exhausted...he's like 'what's next?' ....

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    Well, I'm afraid most cold weather cavaliers and their owners probably grin and bear it. Winter lasts too long in some places to allow it to change your life.

    On the other hand, we are on severely limited walks due mostly to the sun going down so early. Fortunately with the snow on the ground there's so much light reflected that we are able to do walks at night now (Thistle will only walk off leash right now, and Guinness is too afraid of getting lost to walk off leash in the dark). When we don't walk we do indoor fetch, and chews.

    Do you have room to roll the ball?
    It can also be a good time to work on training. If he doesn't know basic commands start with those sit, down, stay, leave it. If he's got basic commands down teach him to do the hokey pokey (putting a paw in, taking it out, turning in a circle, etc- it's a cute parlor trick).

    You can do scent tracking games- Anja and Gladys are doing those, maybe she'll chime in.

    In Louisiana we used to do walks at Petsmart or Lowes in inclement weather. Our Lowes people usually had treats behind the counter, and were really welcoming. Lots of customers will come over to say hi, and you can pick up a new power drill, or lightbulbs.

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    Well I'm a freezing in southeastern Virginia its snowing!!!!!!!!!!! I took Fletcher for a long walk this morning before it started. I came home half frozen!!!!! But last week it rained all week so I totally understand. I have both a healthy active dog and a 5 year old kid who are climbing the walls and suffering from a serious case of cabin fever. Mr. Monster has been off school all week (its a normal preschool shut down- public school because its testing/exam week) I'm lucky cause my Mother owns a business that is a big open space...I have been taking Fletcher and Mr. Monster there after closing time for some good old fashion run around time.....both NEED it desperately!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate Petsmart but walking or outing at Lowe's do it!!!!!!!
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    You can play "come/go to" if there are two humans. One steps away, both have treats, first says "go to Suzy! And Suzy says "Come!" reverse and repeat. Helps practice "Come" and teaches "go to".

    There are some good games by Nina Ottoson you can buy online. They entertain dogs a lot.

    You can play with a laser pointer. Just be sure to hide some treats and lead your dog to the treats with the laser so he actually "finds" something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anniemac View Post
    Also, I live in a small apartment so throwing the ball inside is not an option. He has several toys but really only likes balls.
    Lol! I live in an apartment as well and we had -40C weather last week! We play fetch inside anyway I hope the downstairs neighbours don't mind toooo much!

    We also go into the hallway and run up and down the hall. In this awful weather it's the best I can manage during the weekdays. It's starting to warm up here now though, only -15C today! hahah
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