by Dan Sultzbach
Indoor Activities when it is cold out or raining
While the coming of winter does mean cozy nights by the fire and hot cocoa, there is no doubt that the switch to life indoors can, at times, be a bit stifling. If you are feeling bouts of excess energy during these months, odds are, so are your pets! Like you, your pets daily routine changes in the winter, and so must the activities that keep them busy.
While some pets (such as Bernese Mountain dogs or Huskies) are born to live in a snowy environment, many pets are not. Leaving your dog or cat outside for the full day can lead to hypothermia or frostbite. A good rule of thumb when you take your pet outside is: when you get cold, it’s likely they’re feeling chilly too!
Start by taking time inside to groom your pet. Many animals develop a heavier coat in winter; for their sake and yours, take care of the excess fur that might otherwise be floating around your home. Pets may be skittish about grooming to begin with, so make sure you ease them into the process, providing treats when necessary.
Where opportunities for physical exercise may be lacking, you can substitute play with mental stimulation. Look for toys that provide the incentive of a tasty treat—but make your pet work for it! Try toys that conceal treats inside of them, from Kong products to more elaborate puzzles. You may also add an additional layer of challenge by freezing the toy first.
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