Keeping Pets Active During the Winter
Like people, pets can get cabin fever and go stir crazy when kept inside. When the weather is uninviting it’s easy to slack on your pet’s regular exercise routine. However, if you want to keep your pet healthy and happy you will need to keep them entertained especially when outside exercise just isn’t possible. A good rule of thumb is to provide your pet with at least two interactive activities per day along with a variety of socialization opportunities throughout the week. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that you can’t keep your pet active. There are many winter activities that you can do with your pet!
- Try playing hide and seek with your dog. Hide some of their favorite treats around the house. Have them stay in another room while you hide the treats then tell them to go and find them. Your dog will have lots of fun searching the house and it might even keep them occupied for several hours.
- Consider inviting your pet’s friends over to play. Just make sure that equal amounts of toys and treats are provided to avoid any fighting.
- If you have some extra time on the weekends consider spending it playing with your pet. For example, if your dog enjoys playing fetch, you can have a gentle game inside the house or you could engage your cat in a toy mouse hunt. Your pet will enjoy the intellectual stimulation in addition to the bonding experience.
- If they enjoy spending time in the car, consider bringing your pet along on a road trip or errand.
We hope that this information has been helpful as we strive to provide education on all aspects of pet care.
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