The Cure for Your Dog’s Winter Blues – CLE Run

Update- CLE Run will be closed at the end of March (2019.)


Looking to get your dog some exercise during these cold winter days? Well, Cleveland finally has a new indoor play option for your dog – CLE Run.

Located in Valley View, CLE Run is an agility training center, but also offers obedience classes and space you can reserve for indoor playtime, walks and agility practice.

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Hunter and I stopped by recently to check out one of their drop-in agility classes. The cost is $20 for an hour session with an agility trainer who takes you through the basics. (Learn more about agility here: This drop in class is good way to expose your dog to agility, and is a fun activity to do during the cold winter months when it’s challenging to exercise your dog. And if it turns out your dog loves it, you can check out CLE Run’s other classes.

I am glad I took Hunter to try the agility out before signing up for a course, because I found that this type of large, loud facility is not really his thing. He got spooked, I think by the noises from dogs in the main room and from the industrial fans, and pretty much shut down and would not participate in any of the agility activities. The instructor assured me that a lot of dogs get overwhelmed in these large, open spaces, and it would probably just take a few visits to get him comfortable. We are going to go back and try to reserve space for playtime and walks to get him more comfortable.


I have heard from other dogs who have gone and loved it, so it’s definitely worth checking out if you have a high energy dog you want to get out to exercise. If you don’t want to try agility, you can reserve a half hour time ($10) to play in their 117″24 space where you can throw a frisbee or ball for your dog. There’s a three dog limit, but you could bring a doggie friend for playtime too. You can also reserve a time online to walk around the facility, a great  idea for these -2 degree days!

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And, don’t forget to vote in our first ever Dog-Friendly Cleveland Awards. I will be closing the voting in a few days.




Cold Weather Tips

So, my dog parenting was recently called out by commenters on a post that my friends at Darwin Dogs shared on their Facebook page of Roscoe out in the snow. darwin

People commented how dogs shouldn’t “live outside” in the snow and how it was mean that he was out in the cold. Although it was only a few commenters out of several, it was still so crazy to me. I know Roscoe looks a little annoyed here, but I think he was just taken off guard. It’s been so long since we’ve seen snow! (His next reaction was of course to roll around in it.) A little snow is not going to hurt your dog. I am guessing the people who commented don’t actually even have dogs.

As a dog parent of course you have to be aware of the weather conditions and sensitive to the fact that your dog shouldn’t be outside too long, but you don’t have to keep them inside all the time during the winter. My two dogs actually really love the snow. Hunter, more than Roscoe, but they both have no problem going outside and taking a walk no matter what the snow levels are.

Nobody loves the snow as much as this guy.
Nobody loves the snow as much as this guy.


If your dogs are like mine and you still want to get them out in the winter, here are a few tips to protect them from the cold:

Bundle Up – Depending on the type of fur your dog has, you might want to put him or her in a sweater or jacket before going out on a walk. For Hunter, I don’t worry about this too much since he has a few layers of fur, but I always put Roscoe in a sweater or jacket when we go out.


Protect their Paws – Snow, ice and salt can get caught up in your dog’s paws when you take them on a walk. If you can’t get them to wear booties (I haven’t tried these before, but just assume my dogs would hate them), you can use petroleum jelly or Musher’s Secret on your dog’s paws before you go out. Just make sure to wipe it off when you get back in so your dog doesn’t lick it up.

Don’t Use Retractable Leashes! – This tip is more for you, than your dog. It can be easy to slip on the ice, so giving your dog too much leash and having him pull you on your walk is a recipe for disaster. Use a short leash for better control of your dog.

Do you have a dog that loves the snow?