5 Ways to Help Your Pet Beat Cabin Fever

 

Many of us get cabin fever and so do our pets! Why not beat it together? We have some ideas that may help.

Shorter days and frigid cold weather make the great outdoors seem not so great of a place to play and get the physical exercise we all need. Cabin fever can set in and not just for you but for your pet as well. Pets that are more accustomed to spending time outdoors as well as breeds that require more activity can take it the hardest.

If your pet is barking or howling, scratching at the back door, chewing furniture or messing in the house then cabin fever may be to blame. It is a sign of frustration and boredom, a cry for help. Dogs that are home alone all day may act out more.

1. Play with the kids. For the sake of play, kids seem to be more willing to brave the outdoor weather than adults. Why not have Sparky join in the fun? Be sure to supervise and remember to clean off your pet’s paws afterward to keep salt and other contaminants from being ingested later if he is tempted to lick them.

2. Go for a walk. With the proper attire for both you and your pet, taking a walk in the winter wonderland can be just what you and your pet need to get your bodies moving and boost serotonin levels. If the thought of braving the cold is unbearable to you, consider inviting your pooch to come along when walking the kids to the bus stop or getting the mail and even shoveling.

3. Treat him. If going outdoors is not an option, interactive toys and treats can provide mental stimulation. Try stuffing a Kong with cheese, peanut butter or another favorite treat. Also, frozen dog treats can take longer to eat extending the experience.

4. Enroll in Doggie Camp. If your dog is at home alone during the day while family members are at work and school then a doggy day camp or play group may be a great fit for you both. Doggy camps and groups give your pup the opportunity to exercise and socialize with other dogs in a safe, supervised environment. One to two days a week may be all that is needed to fulfill their need to interact and let loose.

5. Take a class. Signing up for an indoor training class is a great way to improve some of your dog’s skills and obedience while building trust. It will provide much needed mental, physical, and social exercise. Reinforcing the techniques at home provides even more activity and can lead to improved behavior as well.

 

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