Winter is a difficult time for pet parents in terms of keeping our furry friends occupied. It’s easy for pets to get a bit of cabin fever, so you might have to be creative in finding ways to siphon off their pent up energy. It doesn’t have to be tricky, though. Here are 5 easy and fun ways to get movin’.
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1. It’s Treadmill Time!
If you are one of the thousands of people who own one of these contraptions, this can be a great way to help your pooch blow off some steam during the chilly winter months. And while they may be skeptical at first, if you start off slow and gradually up the speed, most dogs will grow to love it.
2. Make Them the Stair Master
Another easy way to have your dog burn through their extra energy is to run them up and down the stairs. An exercise most easily done with two people, one at the top and the other at the bottom of the stairs, a little monkey-in-the-middle on the steps is a surefire way to give your dog a good run indoors. The same thing can be done in a long hallway, but the stairs add the extra element of the climb.
3. Teach Them Something New
Wintertime is a great opportunity for some training. If you know that your dog isn’t always the best at a certain command, take this time to rehearse. It will give you a more obedient dog, and it gives them the mental stimulation they’re not getting by just laying on the sofa.
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4. Play Hide and Seek
A fun twist on the classic game, you can hide treats around your house and watch as your dog searches high and low, engaging them for upwards of an hour (depending on how many treats you lay out). You might need to point a couple out to get them started, but this game is a low involvement way to keep your dog from climbing up the walls. Also, if you want to try a different angle, go back to basics and hide yourself, seeing how long it takes them to find you!
Or, if space is tight, you can try one of these fun, interactive games. They take up no space at all, and can provide hours of entertainment.
5. Do Some Doga
This interactive pastime is basically what it sounds like — yoga with your dog. Doga is a great way to increase your balance, dexterity, and peace of mind, all while spending time with your pup.
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