5 WAYS TO BEAT CABIN FEVER IN THE WINTER

01/05/19

 

Humans aren’t the only ones that can get a case of cabin fever in the winter. Pets aren’t immune to the boredom that comes from being cooped up in one place for too long. But, there are many activities you and your pet can partake in during the winter months, you just have to be a little creative to find them.

Is there a hobby you’ve always wanted to take up? Will this be the year that you and your pet get into shape? Why not get a jump on some of your joint New Year's resolutions? The possibilities are endless!

To give you some ideas, we’re following up on our last indoor activities article with a new batch of fun wintertime activities.

Stair Climber

The weather outside sure is frightful. That’s why you can bring your workout indoors. Try encouraging Fido to run up and down the stairs. It’s a great way for your dog to stay in shape and stick to that “get fit” New Year’s resolution. 

Boredom Busters

Some pets love a challenge! Invest in treat dispensers and toys that can be stuffed with hidden treats. These boredom busters are great for mental stimulation.

Out on the Town

This one’s a cross between an indoor and outdoor activity. Try taking your pet on a winter outing to the local pet store. A change of scenery opens a world of possibilities to your pet. Just imagine all those new and exciting smells! It’s also a great opportunity to practice socialization and their obedience training in an environment outside of the home.

Never Stop Learning

Another way to get out of the house is to enroll your dog in a new training course. It could be a refresher on the basics of obedience or a chance to learn a brand new skill. Either way, it’s an activity that you can both enjoy and take pride in together.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Did you know that January is National Walk Your Dog Month? Although the weather may be colder, we can’t neglect the importance of taking our dogs out for their regular walk. It’s important to keep our dogs physically active and mentally stimulated all year long. Why not change up your route and visit a new neighbourhood? The cold weather may cut your daily walk short, but that doesn’t mean the winter walks are any less rewarding.

This is just a short list of some of the fun that awaits you and your pet this winter. If you and your pet have a favourite wintertime activity, tag us on Instagram @PetsPlusUs, we’d love to hear it!