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Winter Weight

Purrrr! It’s Cold Outside!


During the winter months some pets may acquire “winter weight”. We as pet parents usually see these extra couple of pounds because although we do not exercise our pets as much in the winter, we continue to feed them the same amount of food year round. So how can we avoid this and keep our pets safe from extreme temperatures? Here are a few tips and tricks to keep the fun going this winter!


 Fetch!!


Playing fetch with your dog (or cat)  is a great way to get them moving! You can even play too! Make it a race to see if you can beat your dog to their toy!


 Toy Scavenger Hunts



Dogs love scavenging – have your dog sit and stay while you hide their favorite toy around the house. When you give your release command, encourage your pet to go find their toy!



Catnip Toys



Catnip toys can really get kitties moving! Pet parents can also hide them around the house and encourage their cat to sniff them out!

 Play Hide & Seek



Hide & Seek is an exciting way for pets to get exercise and for pet parents to have some fun too! Have your dog sit and stay while you hide, shout your release command, and let the fun commence!


 Puppy Push-Ups


Training your dog to do puppy push-ups is a good way to teach them to sit, stand, and lie down properly for a variety of reasons (i.e. vet visits, nail trims, or general obedience) but can also be a great source of exercise! Have your dog get into a sitting position followed by a down position. Once they are all the way down have them sit back up and repeat!

  Agility Course


There are tons of things around the house you can set up to get your dog moving! Set up chairs for them to weave through and then throw a blanket on top for a homemade tunnel! You can even grab a hula hoop and have them practice jumping through it!

Cardboard Boxes




We’re sure you’ve heard the phrase – If I fits, I sits! Well, cardboard boxes can also be a useful tool for playtime! Dangle toys in front of the box or spruce it up with some catnip! 

These winter tips have been brought to you by Chelsie. Let us know if you have other suggestions or fun ideas to try out and we can add them to the list. 


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