Child Walking Through Snow With White Dog On A LeashThrough all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and well into the cold gray days of winter, it’s understandable that we get a little stir-crazy. This is also true for our pets. Cabin fever can set in without a little imagination and enrichment for indoor and cold weather activities.

The Dupont Veterinary Clinic team has a few tips and tricks for some incredible activities for you and your pet, to chase away those winter blues.

‘Tis the Season for Pets!

Just because it is cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate! This year, spend some time creating the perfect gift for your four-legged friend. These are not just awesome toys but also allow you to interact with you pet for a stronger bonding experience.

In the spirit of the season, sharing handmade gifts for other pet lovers on your list can be a great way to enjoy a day inside. You can even share a few of these treats with your own best pal, as well as donate some of these gifts to the local animal shelter.

Some Razzle Dazzle: Pet Fun for Winter Weather

These boredom busting games are all about enrichment and provide the challenge and entertainment you and your pet need on those long, cold days.

As a bonus, they may burn some extra holiday calories off for you too.

  • Climbing stairs (also an effective way to work on those leash training skills)
  • Indoor agility course (can be created with some boxes, plastic pipes for high jumps, and other easy DIY obstacle course ideas)
  • Tug-of-war
  • At-home spa day, including bathing and brushing, as well as tending to those delicate paws
  • Laser or feather chase

Adorable Holiday Photo Shoot

There’s still time to create a holiday card. Including your whole family is a must, and getting that great shot of your sweet pet can require a bit of practice. If your photo skills aren’t up to par, you can always recruit the services of a professional pet portrait photographer.

Other Activities for You and Your Pet

At day’s end, and after all of the chaos of the holiday season, there’s nothing wrong with a little R&R. Relax by snuggling with your pet on the couch or letting them curl up on your lap in front of a cozy fire. Winter is all about good cheer and enjoying the best in life with our loved ones – and our pets will surely appreciate this additional quality time.

If you would like more suggestions for winter activities for you and your pet, please don’t hesitate to call.