We just brought our Chug Puppy Max to New York where the temperature was much colder than here in North Carolina. We already knew he did not like the cold, as he often shakes in it. However, that should not stop us or other chug puppy owners from training their pup. Depending on where you live, there may be snow on the ground from November through March. During these times, you may have to bring training into your home.
If you use equipment for your training and have a hallway, basement, or garage, make sure you bring these in or put a tarp over them before it snows and your equipment is frozen to the ground. If you do not want to clutter your house, just bring one piece in at a time.
Training Equipment Your Chug Puppy Can Use Indoors:
Pause Table: The Pause Table is a great obstacle for developing your obedience behaviors and teaching agility directional commands. (Example of a Pause Table)
Contact Trainer: A 3-Piece Contact Trainer offers you versatility; you have an A-frame side, the Pause Table, and a Chug dog-walk plank. Practicing your two feet on and two feet off is convenient and quick when you have indoor contacts, only a few minutes a day to steady your chug dog’s behavior. (Example of a Contact Trainer)
Jump Matting: Indoor jumping must be approached carefully. If you don’t have indoor matting, don’t do jump training. Jumping on concrete or wood floors can injure or cause damage to your chug puppy later in his life. But you can use the uprights or posts to practice your handling. Use your Sit-stay or Down-stay and practice your lines or chug puppy’s path with no jump bars. (Example of Jump Matting)
There is also a variety of mini agility equipment that can be purchased, and don’t require the same space as standard equipment. There are mini-teeters, mini-chug dog walks, and mini-A-frames. These are great obstacles for chug puppy training or indoor winter training.
So, during the cold winter months, don’t give pause your agility training. Regardless of the level of your chug puppy, there is always something that you can do indoors with your agility training.