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!