Winter Indoor Dog Activities

Every winter I search for fun things to do with my dogs indoors. You can only spend so much time teaching new tricks and hiding treats around the house. When you have an active, social dog like my dog Hunter you have to get out sometimes!

This winter Hunter and I are going to try some new indoor activities, and go back to some old favorites, to stay busy and stop ourselves from hibernating all winter long. Did you know your dog can still swim, visit a dog park and go to bootcamp even on the coldest winter days? Here are some things to check out to keep you and your dog busy this winter:


This past summer I discovered that Hunter loves swimming so I started looking into any indoor places he could swim during the winter. I finally found one! At the Barkley Pet Hotel on the east side you can bring your dog for a 20-minute swim session at their doggie pool for $25. Call the Barkley at 440-248-2275 for more info.

Indoor Dog Parks

I recently discovered a day care in the Cleveland area that is also an indoor dog park. At Double Dog Day Care in Stow you can pay $5 and bring your dog for an hour of play at their indoor facilities. Find out more here:


Grateful Dog Bakery and PetPeople host play groups, separate ones for small and big dogs, at their stores on various weekend dates. The next small dog play group at Grateful Dog Bakery in North Ridgeville is Jan. 17. Find out more info, here:

Hunter at the PetPeople Strongsville small dog play.


Check the PetPeople calendar for more dates for their playgroups:


I always have to put in a plug for Thank Dog NEO Bootcamp because Hunter, Roscoe and I love it so much. We only do it during the summer, only because it’s so far for us to get to, but it goes all year round, so you really should check it out:

Photo courtesy of Thank Dog Boot Camp NEO


What do you and your dog do during the winter months to stay busy?

Author: dogsinthecle

The source for what to do with your dog in Cleveland.

3 thoughts on “Winter Indoor Dog Activities”

  1. Doggie Day Care! We joined the Cleveland MetroBark this fall to help get us through the winter. Twice a week my dog goes there while I’m at work. She is physically active, mentally stimulated, and tuckered out at the end of day. And I feel much better knowing that she isn’t cooped up all day. It’s a great compliment to our neighborhood walks and playtime at home.


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