When the sun's shining and the skies are blue, there's often nothing better than grabbing the dog lead and heading out for a long walk in the countryside with Fido.

But as the temperature start to fall and winter looms on the horizon some owners may start to feel a little less excited about the prospect of dragging themselves out of bed on a chilly morning for walkies.

However, come rain, shine, frost or snow, your pooch needs their daily exercise, so whatever the weather it is essential that you maintain your dog's regular exercise routine throughout the year.

What's more, when kitted out with warm coats and sturdy footwear, a run around in the fresh air can be great fun for both dog and owner alike, even when the mercury dips below freezing.

Winter is also the ideal time to get involved with some indoor doggy activities, such as flyball, agility and obedience classes, which are not only great for avoiding the chill but are also the ideal way to keep your canine companion mentally stimulated.

And if you're hit by a deluge of snow or if icy pavements are keeping you in, simple training and games can also be enjoyed in your own home to prevent your pooch going stir-crazy when indoors.

Try playing hide-and-seek by hiding premium dog food treats around the home and then sending your pup off to search for them, or fill a toy such as the Kong with tasty morsels that you furry friend will spend hours will happily try and free for hours.

Finally, if you've got plenty of room, a game of tug or even catch will help to expend your pet's energy and help keep them mentally and physically stimulated until you're able to head out and enjoy yourselves in the fresh air again.

Written by: Hannah