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Indoor Winter Activities for Pets
Winter can be rough. Fewer hours of sunlight, unpredictable weather conditions, and a post-holiday lull definitely impact our moods, and the same can happen to our pets. If you want to ensure that your pets are getting exercise and mental stimulation even in the months when it seems like winter will never end, we are here to help.
Most dogs get a majority of their exercise outside, so if bad weather is keeping you from going for your usual long walks, there are plenty of activities you can do inside to encourage movement, including:
- Teach Your Dog New Tricks: whether you work on common commands like sit, stay, and lie down, or you expand your dog’s repertoire to impressive skills like putting away his toys, winter is the ideal time to work on teaching your old (or young) dog new tricks.
- Hide-and-Seek: If your dog is intelligent and well-trained, you can play a real game of hide-and-seek where you hide and she has to come find you. If she needs a little work before getting to that point, you can hide one of her favorite toys or a treat and let her loose until she finds it.
- Use the Stairs: If you have stairs in your house, you can stand at the top or the bottom and throw a ball so your dog has to fetch it. Not only will he be entertained, but he will also get in plenty of steps. Orthopedically, it is better to have them run up the stairs and then bring the ball back down to you.
Even indoor cats need to get plenty of exercise, so if you and your kitty are stuck inside during the winter, here are some great activities you can enjoy together:
- Point that Laser: Most cats are endlessly entertained with a laser pointer, so if you want your cat to get a little more exercise during the colder months, this might be a good item to purchase. If you want to make sure that you also get some winter movement, you might want to walk around the house and let your cat follow the laser trail.
- Get Some Interactive Toys: Whether you invest in a cat wheel or a mechanical toy, there are plenty of interactive games that will get your cat moving and keep her stimulated.
- Teach Your Cat Some Tricks: Training does not have to be reserved for your dog. Cats can learn some basic commands like a high-five or how to come when called. Spend some time teaching your cat some tricks before spring arrives.
Whether your dog or cat has seasonal or year-round allergies, Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic is here to get them the long-term relief they need to enjoy these indoor winter activities and your outdoor summer activities. Call (425) 742-0342 to schedule an appointment.