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5 Ways to Keep You AND Your Pet Active

Happy Active Maltese Dog Playing in NatureDo you want to keep your pet in New Rochelle healthy? You can do that by keeping them active. There is sound and good reasoning in keeping your pet active — from fewer behavioral problems to better overall physical and mental health. But, keeping your pet active throughout the day can be quite challenging. To keep your boredom from hindering your pet’s health, you have to make a plan to make it happen. No ideas coming? Keep reading for some tips to keep your pet active.

1. Take Regular Walks

Simple as it may be, but walking your pet every day – or more than once a day, depending on your pet’s breed and energy levels – is a great way to make sure 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. Plan your walks ahead of time, taking into consideration the time of day that your pet 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

Make sure that your training sessions are done regularly. Teaching your pet a new trick or command is good for their mental stimulation and can help your pet expend any pent-up energy. Most pets love learning new tricks, so the training will really engage them. 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 socialize with other pets. An option would be to have a scheduled pet playdate with friends or family. Playing with other dogs will allow dogs to learn social skills and get exercise while chasing each other and wrestling around. You could also sign your pet up for daycare, even if it’s just a few times a week. Leaving your pet at home alone can lead to 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 a dog park, you can use that area to teach your dog how to fetch. If your location has no parks 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. It’s also probable that your pet will enjoy 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 New Rochelle? Real Property Management DePenn can help! Contact us today or give us a call at 866-820-9913.

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