Jan 15, 2023 | By, For Pet's Sake

Tips to keep your pets active in the colder months

When the temperature drops, it’s easy for our beloved pets to be stuck indoors for longer periods of time and becoming inactive and bored. But there are plenty of ways to keep your pet active and engaged during the colder months! Here are a few tips:

Still take regular walks

Dogs still need regular exercise, so even if you have to bundle up more than usual, walking with your pet is an excellent way to keep them healthy, active and stimulated. A recent study shows that almost 50% of dogs are overweight. According to the VCA Animal Hospital, “Using body weight as a guide, dogs are considered to be overweight when they weigh 10-20% above their ideal body weight.” Obesity shortens a dog’s life and makes them more likely to develop diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. Make sure that you bring along some treats or toys so they can take breaks as needed!

Establish their routine

Exercise is crucial for keeping your pup healthy and happy, but it’s important to make sure you don’t overdo or underdo it! To help keep things on track, create a realistic workout routine that fits seamlessly into your own schedule. Start easy with short 10-minute sessions when you first start out, then feel free to bump up to 30 minutes each day. And if your pet usually loves going out and about when it’s warmer outside, try doing something new inside like playing hide-and-seek or fetch. They’ll love having something different to do while spending time.

Give them interactive toys

If your pet loves playing with toys, why not give them some that are specially designed for the colder weather months? Interactive puzzle toys can help keep your pet active and engaged while stuck indoors. According to Rover, “Interactive dog toys are designed to help keep your dog busy while you’re away, stave off boredom and provide opportunities to exercise—plus offer mental stimulation to engage a pup’s natural curiosity.”

Make time for grooming

Grooming isn’t only about keeping your pet looking their best; it’s also an important bonding experience that helps keep them mentally and physically healthy. Winter is a great time to brush their fur, trim their nails, or just spend quality time together!

No matter what activity you choose, remember to pay attention to the temperature outside and make sure that you dress your pet appropriately before heading out. Keeping our pets happy and active doesn’t have to be hard. With a little creativity, you can make the winter months just as fun and enjoyable for them as any other season!

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