Walking your dog durng the harsh winter months in Nebraska can be difficult and sometimes dicey when dealing with salt, ice, wind chill, etc. With that being said, dogs still need exercise during the long winter months and they do look forward to walking so it's important to get them out each week.
Now put yourself in your dog;'s "shoes", for three months you are confined to the house with brief outings in the backyard. That would drive me a bit stir crazy for sure! In addition to boredom which can lead to "doggie depression", dogs can act out and start regressing back to the days when they chewed on furniture, had accidents in the house and maybe even squabble with other dogs in the house. Such bad behavior can continue when spring rolls around and outside play is once again an option; for example, a dog who has been isolated during the winter may begin barking at other canines or people on the street
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In summary listen to your dog and watch his behavior. If he is shivering, holding up his paws, cowering or attemping to walk back home then go back and try a different form of exercise and stimulation in the house.