Walk Your Dog Month takes place throughout January. With ice, snow and storms set to continue, experts reveal how you can exercise your pooch indoors
In celebration of National Walk Your Dog Month, TrustedHousesitters, the leading travel solution for pet people, is offering innovative solutions for those times when weather or circumstances prevent you from walking your dog.
As the winter chill and adverse weather conditions continue to batter the UK, daily walks can become challenging. TrustedHousesitters has offered playful, exciting ways to keep your dog mentally and physically stimulated, even indoors.
Five Ways to Exercise and Stimulate Your Dog Indoors:
- Sensory Toys: Turn mealtime into playtime with a snuffle mat, which is an interactive mat where you can hide treats or kibble between multiple layers of fabric strips. This encourages your dog to use their noses and “hunt” for the treats, offering a fun and mentally stimulating challenge while indoors.
- Pet Puzzles: Stimulate your dog’s mind and satisfy their need for activity with puzzle toys. These toys can be filled with treats, and your dog will have to figure out how to release them by manipulating the toy in different ways.
- Agility Play: If you have a little more space, using cushions, boxes, and furniture to create an agility course with jumps and tunnels will not only provide physical exercise but also challenge your dog’s problem-solving skills.
- Hide and Seek: Hide treats around the house and watch your dog sniff them out. This not only challenges their sense of smell but also keeps them moving. After a short while, they’ll be snoozing soundly after all their hard work!
- Training Sessions: Indoor time is a great opportunity to work on obedience and trick training. Learning new commands and tricks or improving their lead manners can be a fun way to bond with your dog and keep them mentally sharp.
Just like humans, dogs benefit from activities that keep their minds sharp. So, celebrate National Walk Your Dog Month with TrustedHousesitters with these fun, indoor activities.
Whilst bad weather may mean that walks and outdoor activities are limited, be sure to keep your dog’s toilet habits closely monitored and ensure that they have short, accompanied breaks outside to minimise any accidents in the house.
Keep your furry friends happy, active, and mentally stimulated while you’re away with qualified pet sitters on TrustedHousesitters today.