Let’s face it: winter does nothing in the way of motivation. With colder temperatures and less daylight it’s easy to want to stay in your warm cozy house, letting exercise and activity fall by the wayside. As humans, we understand this transition and can find new ways to entertain ourselves, but our pets don’t have that luxury… at least, not without our help. Here are a few of our favorite ways to keep Buddy active and amused in these chilly winter months.
- A little snow never hurt anybody. In fact, most dogs really enjoy playing in powder. So get yourself all bundled up, and consider a weatherproof coat for any short haired pets, and spend an hour hiking, playing fetch, or just running around in the snow. When you get home, be sure to clear their paws of any ice to avoid frostbite. *Pro-Tip: According to the SPCA, more dogs get lost in winter than any other season so make sure their chips and/or tags are up to date and secure. A reflective dog collar is also a smart option to keep your dog safer outdoors.
- Training or agility classes. Not only will it refresh Buddy’s memory on how to behave, but training your pet truly enriches your bond. Whether you enroll them in a class (which is a great way to meet new people, too!) or vow to train them for half an hour twice a week at home, training and agility will stimulate them physically and mentally. Use our store locator to find Stewart training treats near you!
- Keep someone company. For seniors in an assisted living facility, winters can be long and lonely. If your pet is well behaved enough, consider volunteering some time to visit them and make their day. No matter how cold outside, we have a feeling this’ll warm you from the inside out.
- Play dates. Most dog people have other dog-loving friends, making winter play dates a great way for both of you to get out and socialize. You get to catch up with a pal and your dog gets to run around, play, and sniff some new smells (which is actually good for their mental stimulation, too.)
- Interactive treaters. For smarter breeds who truly understand boredom, these puzzles are a great way to keep them sharp, entertained, and happy. Look online for one that accommodates your pups’ smarts, load it up with some Pro-Treats, and watch the concentration commence.