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5 Ways to Keep You AND Your Pet Active

Happy Active Maltese Dog Playing in NatureKeep your pet healthy in Chesterfield by keeping them active, too! You can benefit a lot from keeping your pet active; from fewer behavioral problems to better overall physical and mental health. However, it’s not easy to keep your pet active all day. Make your pet’s health a priority by setting up different activities. This can help deal with boredom, too! What to do, you ask? Keep reading for some tips to keep your pet active.

1. Take Regular Walks

Too basic? Actually, 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. If ever your pet doesn’t do well in the cold, you can get them a coat or sweater to allow them outside activities all year round. Make it a point to have your walks during the time when your pet feels 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

Be consistent with your training sessions so that it becomes an enjoyable routine. Teaching your pet a new trick or command is good for their mental stimulation and can help your pet expend any pent-up energy. A lot of pets are inclined towards learning something new. Training will stimulate them in beneficial ways. Training encourages better behavior, even after your training session is over. And, training can even improve the bond between you and your pet.

3. Schedule a Playdate

Many pets are social animals that can easily engage with other pets. One thing you can do is to set a scheduled pet playdate. Playing with other dogs will allow dogs to 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. If you’re just going to leave your pet at home alone, you might as well leave them at daycare to keep them active. This can do away with any unwanted behaviors.

4. Make Playtime More Fun

Many dogs love to chase balls or other toys. If you have a dog park, you can use that area to teach your dog how to fetch. However, if you don’t have a park nearby, 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.

Regardless of the reason, 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.

Are you looking for a pet-friendly rental home in Chesterfield? Real Property Management Endeavor can help! Contact us today or give us a call at 636-244-5959.

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