As the weather starts to cool down, it’s easy to want to stay in bed and snuggle up with your furry friend. However, it’s important to remember that your dog still needs exercise and mental stimulation, even
during the winter months. While outdoor activities may be limited, there are still plenty of ways to keep your dog’s mind and body active and engaged!
What are some ways to exercise my pup at home?
Mental stimulation can be just as effective as physical exercise in tiring out your dog. In fact, many dogs require more mental stimulation than physical exercise to feel fulfilled and content. Here are a few ideas of mental stimulation activities that you can try with your pup:
- Roll treats up into a towel and tie it into a knot – This activity not only provides mental stimulation but also helps to clean your dog’s teeth as they chew on the towel. You can use a variety of treats, such as kibble, diced vegetables, or small pieces of cooked meat.
- Freeze a mixture of dog-friendly ingredients in a bowl – You can use ingredients such as canned pumpkin, mashed sweet potato, or yogurt, and add treats or kibble into the mixture. Freeze the bowl overnight and give it to your dog for a licking activity that can keep them occupied for a while.
- Toy play – Switch up your dog’s toy selection and provide different textures and sizes to keep them interested. Play interactive games with your dog such as tug of war, hide and seek or chase, which will keep them mentally engaged.
- Playing fetch indoors – Playing fetch indoors can still provide your dog with physical exercise and mental stimulation, just make sure you have enough space to do so safely.
In addition to mental stimulation, it’s important to continue providing your dog with regular physical exercise, even if it means bundling up and braving the cold. A brisk walk or a game of fetch outside can still be enjoyable for both you and your dog.
As the weather cools down, it’s important to remember that your dog still needs exercise and mental stimulation to stay healthy and happy. Incorporating mental stimulation activities such as rolling treats up in
a towel or playing tug-of-war can be just as effective as physical exercise in tiring out your dog. By prioritizing your dog’s mental and physical wellbeing, you can help them to stay happy and healthy all year round.
It’s perhaps motivating to remember that although it may be cold outside, going for a walk or playing a quick game of fetch may very well be your dog’s favourite part of the day – it’s worth making time for