Do you want to keep your pet in Gray healthy? You can do that by keeping them active. There are so many factual reasons to keep your pet active, from fewer behavioral problems to better overall physical and mental health. But, keeping your pet active throughout the day can be quite challenging. Boredom can get the best of you — don’t let it. Set up a plan of activities to ensure the health of your pet. How? Keep reading to know more about keeping your pet active.
1. Take Regular Walks
Sounds too good and easy, right? But, walking your pet every day – or more than once a day, depending on your pet’s breed and energy levels – is the best way to ensure that your pet stays healthy and active. Most dogs and many other pets enjoy time spent outside, even when the weather cools down. You can always get your pet a coat or sweater so that you can bring them outside any time of the year and not have them feel the cold. And, don’t forget to schedule your walks during the time of day when your pet will be most comfortable. This may mean changing your walk schedule to accommodate warmer months as well as winter’s chill.
2. Set Aside Time for Training
Make sure that your training sessions are done regularly. Teaching your pet a new trick or command is good for their mental stimulation and can help your pet expend any pent-up energy. Generally, pets love learning new things, so the training will be something enjoyable for them. Training encourages better behavior, even after your training session is over. Also, training can reinforce the bond between you and your pet.
3. Schedule a Playdate
Many pets are social animals. As such, they are capable of interacting with other pets, too! An option would be to have a scheduled pet playdate with friends or family. Dogs can get a lot of benefits from playing with other dogs, as they learn social skills and get exercise while chasing each other and wrestling around. It would do your pet well to have them go to daycare, even if it’s just a couple of days a week. Avoid leaving your pet alone at home because that can lead to unwanted behavior from them. So that they can stay active throughout the day, leave them at daycare instead!
4. Make Playtime More Fun
Many dogs love to chase balls or other toys. If you happen to have a nearby dog park, this can give you the opportunity to teach your dog how to fetch. If you don’t live near a secure park, though, you can still make playtime more fun by creating games you can play in your yard or even inside the house. Hiding toys or treats for your pet to find, creating obstacle courses, and other creative games can help keep pets active in healthy play.
5. Invest in Quality Toys
Along with creative games, buying good quality toys is another great way to keep your pet active while indoors. Puzzle toys are great for dogs and other pets since they offer both mental and physical stimulation. Some dogs love to dig their snoots into a snuffle mat, hunting for kibble or tasty morsels deep inside. A treat-dispensing toy would even do your pet well! Toys like these can help reduce anxiety and boredom and offer a fun way to keep pets active at the same time.
Regardless of justification, if going outside is out of the question, stimulate your pet’s mind and body with an interactive toy. Fill a Kong with a tasty treat (like peanut butter!) or purchase a refreshing treat-dispensing toy that promotes long-lasting interest. These toys can also help fight boredom and anxiety and are a fun way to keep pets active.
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