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5 Ways to Keep You AND Your Pet Active

Happy Active Maltese Dog Playing in NatureWhen it comes to pets in South Charlotte, staying active often means staying healthy. You can benefit a lot from keeping your pet active; from fewer behavioral problems to better overall physical and mental health. Regardless, keeping your pet active can be quite the task, too. Make your pet’s health a priority by setting up different activities. This can help deal with boredom, too! Don’t know where to start? Keep reading for tips on how to keep your pet active.

1. Take Regular Walks

This sounds too elementary, but walking your pet every day – or more than once a day, depending on your pet’s breed and energy levels – is the best way to ensure that your pet stays healthy and active. Most dogs and many other pets enjoy time spent outside, even when the weather cools down. Get your pet a coat or sweater so that they can go outside any time of the year and not be bothered by the cold. Schedule your walks during times when your dog is most comfortable. This may mean changing your walk schedule to accommodate warmer months as well as winter’s chill.

2. Set Aside Time for Training

It may be exhausting at first, but training sessions eventually become fun and rewarding. Teaching your pet a new trick or command is good for their mental stimulation and can help your pet expend any pent-up energy. Typically, pets like to learn new things — so, this training will be quite engaging for them. This is because training encourages better behavior, even after your training session is over. Training can also lead to an improved bond between you and your pet.

3. Schedule a Playdate

Many pets are social animals that would love to meet other pets. You can also have a pet playdate scheduled with other friends or family. Playing with other dogs will be very useful for dogs, as they learn social skills and get exercise while chasing each other and wrestling around. Sign your pet up for daycare, even if it’s just for a few times a week. This can really help them. A pet left alone at home can lead to the formation of unwanted behavior. You can leave them at daycare instead so that they can stay active throughout the day.

4. Make Playtime More Fun

Many dogs love to chase balls or other toys. If you have access to a nearby dog park, that can be a great place to start teaching your dog how to fetch. No parks in your area? Don’t worry, you can still make playtime more fun by creating games you can play in your yard or even inside the house. Hiding toys or treats for your pet to find, creating obstacle courses, and other creative games can help keep pets active in healthy play.

5. Invest in Quality Toys

Along with creative games, buying good quality toys is another great way to keep your pet active while indoors. Puzzle toys are great for dogs and other pets since they offer both mental and physical stimulation. Some dogs love to dig their snoots into a snuffle mat, hunting for kibble or tasty morsels deep inside. You could even give your pet a treat-dispensing toy. Toys like these can help reduce anxiety and boredom and offer a fun way to keep pets active at the same time.

Nonetheless, if going outside is out of the question, stimulate your pet’s mind and body with an interactive toy. Fill a Kong with a tasty treat (like peanut butter!) or purchase a refreshing treat-dispensing toy that promotes long-lasting interest. These toys can also help fight boredom and anxiety and are a fun way to keep pets active.

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