As we head into the end of the year the weather begins to become cold. Like many pet owners, your pet may love this snuggly weather. There’s nothing better than cuddling your sweet pet on a cold day. However, this weather also may make it difficult for your pet to get the adequate exercise they need. Daily exercise is important for your pet in order to keep them healthy but can be difficult to achieve when the weather is too cold to go outside for exercise. Consider the following tips to keep your pet active during cold weather:
- If you live in an area where the outdoor temperature and weather is favorable, taking your pet out for a walk is a great way to get them exercise. A 15 minute walk in the morning, afternoon, or evening is a great way to get your pets daily exercise in. However, this is not feasible for many of us during this time of year. Instead, if the weather is not optimal to take a walk outside and you happen to live in a building with an indoor hallway, consider taking your pet for a walk that way. If your home has steps in it have your pet walk up and down the steps with you.
- Does your dog love to fetch? Play fetch with your dog inside the house for 15 minutes. Even though this round of fetch may not be their usual outdoor activity they’re used to, they will still love it and get the exercise they need.
- Break out your pet’s toys. Get on the floor with your pet and their favorite toys for some good ole fashioned play time. Your pet will get their exercise and they will love the special time spent bonding with you. An activity ball with a hidden treat inside of it is a great way for your pet to get in some additional exercise as well.
- Do your friends have pets? Why not host a play date! Your pet will love having all their pals come over for some play time. You’ll also get to socialize with your friends while your pet gets some much needed exercise in.