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While keeping your dog’s warmth and care in mind, playing outside can be an excellent winter activity to keep his or her activity level up and prevent behavioral issues. Too cold to head outside? There are many different fun actives to help pass the time while indoors with your pup!
Below are two outdoor activities you and your pup can do if conditions allow this winter season:
Take a walk:
Taking a walk is a necessity if it’s warm enough. To keep things interesting, you can mix it up and take a new route for some new sights and smells. Just be sure to extra cautious of your pet’s behavior toward the cold when walking your dog this winter.
Playing fetch is a fun activity for our dogs in the winter (especially those who are high strung). Keep in mind, fetch in the cold for senior dogs, puppies, and/or those with medical issues may not be the best idea and should be discussed with your veterinarian.
Winter conditions can be difficult for both dogs and humans to get out and about in. Be sure your pup is prepared for winter conditions this season; as it is very important your pup still gets out and exercises during the colder months. Always be sure to watch for Frostbite and Hypothermia and Always be sure to bundle up, cover-up, wipe and watch your pet’s paws, and keep an eye on your furry friend the entire time you are outside.
Indoor agility course:
An indoor agility course can be perfect for both you and your dog. Both of you learn something new and use mental and physical energy to complete the course. You can make one yourself or purchase a course already created.
Fetch can also be played inside – if you have the room. Don’t be afraid to toss the ball across the room or down the hall. Your pet will love getting their energy out and all while still spending time with you.
Hide and seek:
You can play hide and seek with your dog during boring winter days (the days where it’s too harsh to stay out and play). Hide yourself or hide a treat! Your pup will love the challenge of finding you or something yummy!
Join a dog playdate group:
Find a few friends with dogs who enjoy one another’s company and make playdates. Your dog will enjoy playing with friends while stuck inside.
Having your pup play with toys that put his mind at work to grab his treats are fantastic for indoor fun. There are slow feeders, puzzles, rolling toys, etc. to keep him busy. Take a look around your local pet store or online for the best toy for your pup.
Just because it’s winter, that doesn’t mean it’s time for your dog to lounge around and do nothing. Depending on the dog, he or she may become bored resulting in behavioral problems. Lounging around may also cause obesity that can lead to other serious health problems.
Here at PetFirst, we know accidents and illnesses happen to all pets – even in the winter season. PetFirst is here for every canine and cat – year-round! Pet insurance can help cover unexpected vet visits and provides peace of mind that if your pet gets sick or injured, your pet can receive the care they need.