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Too Cold to Play Outside? Tips for Keeping your Pet Active During the Winter


Jul 28, 2012, 2:05 AM

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Too Cold to Play Outside? Tips for Keeping your Pet Active During the Winter

We¡¯re well into winter but not out of the cold quite yet. If you feel your pet is getting a little sluggish or stir-crazy from being cooped up in the warm house, here are a few tips for getting your feline or canine friend active during the winter months:

Toys, toys, toys!

It¡¯s too chilly to play outside, but that doesn¡¯t mean your pet can¡¯t burn off some energy inside. Kitty can be entertained for hours by a laser pointer or a cat toy infused with catnip. With a large dog, an indoor game of fetch might get tricky, but a small dog can get a little workout from chasing a ball down the hallway or other semi-open area of your home. The important thing is to keep your pet stimulated to avoid long periods of inactivity.

Set up a Play Date

If the cold has your pooch looking a little lazy, it might be time to invite over a doggy friend. A play date is an excellent way to keep you pup socialized, active, and happy.

Get Out on the Town

If a winter stroll isn¡¯t an option, take a little car ride to a local pet store or other business that allows pets on a leash. This is an excellent opportunity for your dog to work on his obedience in a social situation, something he may not have had much of an opportunity to do lately.

Learn Something!

If you¡¯ve ever thought about enrolling your dog in an obedience or agility course, this is a great time to do so. These classes allow for physical activity and mental stimulation- and you might even end up with a better behaved companion!