Making an effort for both you and your pet to stay indoors this winter is great for the mind and body. Your pet will enjoy and appreciate the chance to play and be able to stay active and healthy at the same time. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Increase the Physical Activity
Being indoors doesn’t mean you can’t get your heart rate up. Many dogs and cats enjoy chasing after a laser pointer, playing a game of fetch down a long hallway or finding their favorite treats during a game of hide-and-go-seek. If you have stairs in your home, make use of them. Chasing a toy up and down the stairs is great exercise for those pets who are comfortable with the stairs.
Make an effort each day to encourage physical activity for your pet for at least 15 minutes. This will not only keep your pet from being bored, it will also ward off that winter weight gain.
Challenge the Brain
Exercise is not just limited to the body. Work with your pet on learning a new trick, play a puzzle game for pets or even buy a new interactive toy. A tired brain often leads to a tired pet, so stimulate that noggin!
Treat Your Pet
Set a date for pampering your pet. Whether it be giving him or her a bath (make sure he or she is fully dry before going outdoors), a good brush-out, nail trim or taking him or her to the groomer, taking care of your pet’s hygiene during the winter months is good for both their mind and their body.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. We know winter can be difficult to keep your pet active, but keeping busy will help the time fly by and keep you and your pet both happy and healthy. Contact us today for more information with the link below.