Your pets may express signs of depression as they watch you quickly come and go. Your pets don’t understand it’s the holiday season. They don’t know why you have stopped taking them for their daily walks or tossing the ball for them to fetch. Your pets are used to you taking time out of your day for them.You get busier as the holidays get closer. If you are anything like me, you generally wait until the last minute to get your shopping done. This adds stress to your day and with the longer hours spent outside the home you have less time to play with and exercise your dog.
Continuing exercise will help your dog relax. A relaxed, exercised dog is a good dog. There is less of a chance your dog will crash into the newly decorated Christmas tree, or counter surf for that freshly prepared turkey.
One less thing for you to worry about. Enlisting help with exercising your pet will help you worry less and feel less guilty about not having the time needed to dedicate to your pet’s exercise and mental well-being.
YOUR DOG WILL LOVE YOU FOR IT! Really, he/she will. If your pet gets to continue getting their exercise, whether it’s from you or someone else, they will love you for it. You get the benefits of having a well balanced, exercised, pooped pooch without having to make the extra time for it.
- Stuffed toys – There are plenty of toys on the market that are great for stuffing with all kinds of good treats. You can purchase the treats meant to go with the toy or get creative. Other foods that are good for your dog include: peanut butter, yogurt and pumpkin just to name a few. Use these foods as binders for kibble or dry treats…freeze the toy for added difficulty.
- Hide the treats to offer your dog a puzzle to figure out. This should keep them busy for a while. Mental activity is just as good as physical. Wrapping the treat filled toy in an old t-shirt or towel, tying the ends will keep your dog entertained while trying to figure out their treat puzzle. You can also use an old oatmeal box, margarine container or shoe box.
- There are also plenty of puzzle toys on the market to choose from if you don’t have the time to put one together on your own.
- Throw your dogs food chicken feed style in the backyard and let them sniff it out. This is a very fun and draining exercise for your dog. A very large portion of the dogs brain controls their olfactory function, the more they get to use their nose the more stimulated and tired they get.
- Purchase raw marrow bones or knuckles from your butcher. Give them to your dog frozen to make them last longer…refreeze between use.
- Keep a stash of new toys. Your dog will love to get a new toy every day…sniffing it out and figuring out how to use it. Allow your dog to have a new toy every time you leave the house for a long period. Be sure to pick it up when you get home. If you want to keep your dog interested in the toy don’t let them have it all the time. It should be something special for them to have every once in a while.