We can all get a little sedentary in the winter when the couch by the fireplace is more intriguing than the sub-zero temperatures and blowing snow outside. Perhaps some of these ideas will help spark you and your pet to partake in some indoor fun.
Play Hide & Seek:
To get you and your pet's heart rate up, play hide and seek indoors. Get the whole family involved. This most definitely is a favorite with the dogs but can often work with cats too. Stock up on some amazing motivational special treats. Have each member of the family hide in a different place in the house. Take turns calling your pet's name and enticing him/her to seek that person out. Once your pet has successfully found the first person then the next person, hiding in a different location, calls the pet's name. If your dog or cat is new to the game start out easy and then once they get a grasp of the game, up the difficulty.
Try a Treadmill:
Your dog can be taught to use a treadmill, with patience and treats. Start off at a low speed, then once he/she gets the hang of it, increase the speed gradually. Treats can help him stay motivated to stay on the treadmill. If you don't have one at home for your use then you could consider buying one that is specifically designed for pets. What will they think of next?!
How about a scavenger hunt? Breakfast and dinner does not need to be served in the same predicable place. How about dividing up the meal and placing it in different places in the house? Put some downstairs and some upstairs to get more exercise built into their day. Just make sure you divide up the meal into several portions and not increase the total amount of food given.
Build an obstacle course in the house. This will help you and your pet bond while brushing up on those training skills. Many cats will find this fun too if they are food motivated. Perhaps work on navigating the obstacle course prior to dinner when him/her is feeling hungry. Have fun! You and your pet can navigate the course, so you both will stay in shape this winter!