As winter approaches, your pets wont be able to play outside as much, and you may not feel up to going on as many walks. While being inside more may result in stir-crazy pups, there are plenty of ways to keep them happy and busy without having to brave the cold!

Interactive treats and toys are great ways to keep your energetic pups busy for a long period of time. We always love to recommend puzzle toys, which will keep your dog playing for treats for awhile –although if they’re smart learners, you may need more than one to rotate out. Toys simply stuffed with treats are also a great option, as the dog will work towards the treat for as long as it takes –there’s nothing like a Kong and some peanut butter, if your dog is interested in chewing.

In terms of exercise, playing tug of war is always a fun way to interact with your dog as well as wear them out. Fetch can still be played while indoors, as long as you invest in a lightweight ball!

Meal time can be stimulating too! Studies show that dogs enjoy their food more when they actually have to work for it. Investing in feeding puzzles such an Outward Hound Fun Feeder, leaves dogs with no choice other than to eat slower, making meal time fun, stimulating, and tiring them out.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local pet store if you have questions on this or any pet related topic.