Keeping Your Pets Active in Winter

During the cold and snowy winter months, it can become harder to get your dog outdoors to exercise, but this doesn’t have to be a boring time for your pet. Here are some tips and tricks to keeping your pets happy and occupied during the winter.

  • The best thing you can do for your dog is to build in extra playtime with them. Playing a game of tug-of-war with a rope toy or playing hide-and-seek are both wonderful ways to get your dog moving and keep them mentally engaged.
  • These colder months are also a great opportunity to reinforce training and to continue teaching your furry friend new tricks. This keeps their minds sharp and helps them use up energy as they learn new things.
  • If you’re running short on time, doggie daycares are another popular way to exercise your dog. They offer a way to socialize your furry friend while they run and play all day, all in the comfort of a heated building.
  • If you are willing to brave the cold, make sure both you and your dog bundle up. Sweaters to keep them warm and booties to protect their feet from the snow and ice are both good investments.
  • These tips go for cats as well! It’s always a good idea to play and interact with your cat as much as you can in winter.
  • If your cat normally sleeps on the floor, consider moving their bed somewhere higher to avoid drafts.
  • If you have an older cat or if your cat has arthritis, the cold weather may make their joints stiff and they may find jumping difficult. You may need to help them find a way to get them to their favorite sleeping places by moving a chair to make a ‘ladder’ so they won’t have to jump as high.