Tips to Help Your Pet Get Through the Cold Winter Weather.
It’s no secret that humans get hit with the “winter blues,” but did you know that your pet can have problems with this as well? When you are no longer getting in your daily walk and cold weather keeps your pet pent up inside, it can cause problems for your pet. Not only that, but pets can be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder, lethargy, fatigue and withdrawal, during the winter months. Here are four tips you can use to help your pet beat the winter blues and enjoy his normal spunk during the winter months.
- Take a Walk in the Snow
If you have a dog that you regularly walk, winter can mean an end to those walks. Unless it’s dangerously cold, don’t let the cooler temperatures keep you indoors. Take a walk with your pet, and try to do so when the sun is up. Even if it’s just a 20 minute walk across the neighborhood, the sunlight will help lift your dog’s mood, and the exercise will do him some good too.
- Learn Something New
If you are stuck inside, spend the time doing some training with your dog. Learning something new can exercise his brain, and this can help lift his mood and tire him out a bit.
- Play Hide-and-Seek
If your pet is stuck indoors, play a rousing game of hide-and-seek with him. Take a favorite treat or some pieces of his food, and hide somewhere in your home. Then, with all of your enthusiasm, call him. When he comes, offer the treat. It won’t take long for him to get the gist of the game, and then you can play for hours. This will get him physically and mentally active, and help encourage a happy, spunky personality to return.
- Schedule Some Play Time
It’s easy to overlook play time with your pet in the middle of winter, but pets need to play even more during winter than in a season when they can be outside. Schedule play time into your day, and stick to that schedule.
If you are gone for most of the day, consider hiring a dog walker to come to your home and play with your pet. Play will lift the spirits and encourage exercise as well, and it will help strengthen your bond with your pet.
Remember, winter brings the “blahs” to us all, including our pets. Dogs and cats can be affected, so make plans now to help your pet through the end of the winter season with these helpful tips.