We know how tough it can be to keep our dogs happy and healthy during the colder months, especially when we’re spending more time at home. While it can be challenging for our dogs to see changes to their outdoor routines, there are lots of great ways to keep them from getting restless. Continue reading to learn about some of our favorite ways to keep our pups entertained during the winter.
Keep Your Dog Mentally Stimulated
A mentally stimulated dog is a happy dog – and typically, a well-behaved dog. If you find your pup getting into trouble at home, they could be looking for a way to entertain themselves. From puzzle toys and obstacle courses, to treat hunting and small jobs, there are many ways to challenge your dog at home. One of our favorites are treat dispensing puzzles. If you have a dog that is highly motivated by food, like many of us, this toy is perfect for you. Shaped like a sphere, the interactive ball has a section for treats or kibble on the inside, and a small opening on the outside. All you have to do is add a handful of something edible and your dog will be kicking it around until it’s empty. A great way to challenge and distract your dog, while encouraging slowed eating.
Change Up Your Walking Routine
While making the time to walk your dog in the winter can be a challenge, changing up the scenery of your walks can make a big difference in the behavior of your dog. Just like we crave a little adventure, so do our pups. Take some time to reroute your typical path and make sure you give them a little extra time to sniff. While the exercise itself is a great way to relieve energy, allowing for that extra time to explore a new space can be exciting and sensory enriching, making for a better-behaved dog at home.
Make Training Fun
Adding cognitively stimulating games into your training routine can be a great way of keeping your dog mentally and physically active. Playing games like hide and seek with toys or treats can help your dog to tire themselves out on constructive activities, rather than engaging in poor behavior. Adding the extra obstacle of problem solving can burn energy, aid anxiety, and prevent boredom. There are endless games to play with your dog that can be a great way of rewarding them for critical thinking and obeying more complex verbal commands. It can be as easy as teaching them the name of their favorite toy, or something more challenging like learning to return toys to a specific location.
Invest in a Dog Guard® System
We understand how difficult it can be to give your dog the safe outdoor time they need to be their happiest and healthiest. That is why we’ve created Dog Guard® Out of Sight Fencing®, a veterinarian-approved, combination of expert dog training and state-of-the-art electronics. The Dog Guard® system utilizes a digital radio signal to keep your dog within selected boundaries, giving them freedom to explore, with peace of mind for you! Take the stress out of outdoor time this winter.