Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean your pet can’t have fun! It’s important to keep your pet active and stimulated in every season so they can stay healthy. Consider Full Circle Animal Health Care’s list of five ways you can have fun with your pet and keep the winter blues away, and give us a call if you have any questions.
Take a Walk
Compared to the last two winters, this winter has been pretty mild—warm enough for a comfortable walk around the block or on the bike trail with your dog. If you’re feeling chilly, make your walk a brisk one, or start jogging so both you and your dog can warm up. The one downside to winter walks, though, is that many streets and sidewalks are treated with salt, which can irritate your dog’s paws, so whip out the booties to protect your dog’s paws before leaving the house.
Buy an Interactive Toy
Many pets tend to get a little lazy, both physically and mentally, during the winter, but with an interactive toy, you can change that. From laser pointers to food toys, there are many options available that can provide some mental stimulation for your four-legged friend. They can also help your pet get some exercise in, too.
Teach Your Pet a New Trick
With the hours you and your pet will probably spend indoors over the next couple months, why not use some of those hours to teach them a new trick? Sit, stay, play dead, roll over…take your pick on which trick you’d like to try to teach them. Training your pet can strengthen your bond with them and improve their overall behavior, so it’s certainly worth the effort. You may be surprised at what your pet can learn. And remember, Full Circle Animal Health Care offers in-home behavior consultation services if you need some extra assistance.
Play Hide and Seek
Who doesn’t like a good game of hide and seek? Believe it or not, many pets (yes, sometimes even cats!) can enjoy a good old-fashioned game of hide and seek. The best way to play is if you have at least two floors. Make your way down a flight of stairs, leaving your pet at the top. Give your pet the “stay” command until you’re out of sight. Then, quickly find your hiding spot and yell your pet’s name until they come running to find you. And if your pet isn’t the seeking type, you can always try a hide and go seek game with their treats instead.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment at Full Circle Animal Health Care, give us a call at 888-426-3069, and have a happy, safe winter with your pet!