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Ways to keep your pet active during the cold winter months

Published on December 8, 2016 in Cat Behavior, Dog Behavior

 

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During the winter it gets harder and harder to get your pet outside and exercised. Here is a quick list of things to do in the house to help burn off some of that energy and mentally stimulate your pet!

  1. Teach your pet a new trick! This could include basic obedience practice inside or maybe trying out a new class at the humane society or a training facility.
  2. For indoor/outdoor kitties who no longer get to be outside due to weather, you can try clicker training your cat. Here’s an informative article detailing how to start that process in your own home! http://www.adventurecats.org/backcountry-basics/how-to-clicker-train-a-cat/
  3. Try mentally challenging games like using a food puzzle, hide and seek with treats and toys, or set up an “agility course” using items you already have at home (couch, chairs, broom sticks, etc.).
  4. Invite some friends over, both canine and human, to catch up on some playtime.
  5. If you and your pal really need some fresh air, bundle up and head outside for some snowy fun! Make sure that your pet can stay comfortable in the cooler climate and that you wipe off their feet when you come inside to clean off the deicer salt that may be stuck to their feet.