With that being said, imagine the state of our furry babies during winter. Their run around the park and regular walks are down to a minimum for fear of getting too cold and sick being outdoors. Not only that, there may be salt or some chemicals on the pavement to prevent slipping from snow and those can be harmful to your pets. So, what can you do to help keep your pets active during the winter time? Here are some tips you can follow to ensure your pets are well exercised even during the harsh winter time.
Play fetch indoor
Playing fetch does not have to be done outdoors. There are areas at home where you can do a simple throwing of your pet’s favorite toy to be retrieved. Likewise, if you have small balls you can roll rather than throwing to avoid any accidents, then do so. Just make sure when you play fetch, you have cleared the surrounding areas of any breakables like those precious figurines or even those nice, antique chinas!
Make a pretend “walk” inside your house
Grab your pet’s leash and walk him/her inside your home. Cover every room in your house so you can maximise the walking activity. I know, it can be boring for both of you but it is a good way to keep your pets active even while at home during winter and you are also doing yourself a favour by having a mini work-out at home.
Practice or teach your pet a new trick
Cold season can make us all lazy but don’t be. Use your spare time to bond with your precious fur baby and teach her/him a new trick or practice on the ones that you’ve taught earlier. This is a good way to make both of you active.
Put his/her treat in a feeding toy
Make his/her mealtime stimulating by making your pet work for it. Studies show that pets enjoy their food more when they have to work for it.
Use a laser pointer
This is not meant for cats or for use when doing a presentation. Dogs can go crazy with the laser pointer too. Just point it on the floor and allow your pet to run after the “red dot.” It will be fun and your pet will be active running around. Please do not point the laser pointer to your pet’s eyes.