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Winter Bonding Activities for Pets

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There’s no denying that it can be “ruff” finding activities to keep your pup active during the winter months.  Despite the cold, wintry weather, it is important that your dog still receives his or her necessary exercise. On days where taking a walk or playing outside is too unbearable, try these indoor bonding activities to keep your dog’s mind and body active.

Hide and Seek

If your dog has a strong nose, this game is the one for you. Hide your dog’s favorite toy or treat somewhere in the house and tell him to “find it.” This is a prime time to teach your pup the “go find” command.

Brain Games

Collect three empty containers in the house (these can be plastic bowls or even coffee canisters) and place your pup’s favorite treat underneath one of the containers. Tell your dog to “go get it” and wait until he finds his treat under the right canister. This is a great way to test your pup’s sniffer and to stimulate his mind.

Tug and Fetch

The traditional tug of war and fetch don’t require too much moving room – and are great ways to keep your dog’s frame strong during the winter months. Just be sure to take down any breakable items that may get in the way during play time.

Clean Up

Channel your dog’s energy with the “clean-up” command. First, place all of your dog’s toys on the ground. Then have your dog pick up a toy and bring it back to your toy bin. Reward your pup with treats at this time and continue until each toy is picked up.

Bubble Chase

It’s true – dogs really do love bubbles! Find animal-friendly bubbles at the store and let ‘em blow once you get to the house. If anything will get a dog to prance around, it’ll be this when he gets the chance to chase and pop them.

Stair Dash 

Throw one of your pup’s ball toys down the stairs and wait for him to bring the toy back up the stairs to you. This is a great way for him to burn calories and stay strong while stuck inside. Get some exercise yourself by running up and down the stairs with your pup.

 

 

Holiday Pet Safety Tips

The holiday season brings decorations, celebrations and travel. There are, however, things to keep in mind to make the holidays a happy and safe time for your pets, too.  With a Holidaysafetyfew holiday pet safety tips, your pets are sure to enjoy the holidays.

The Christmas Tree

Pets, especially cats will eat tinsel, which blocks the digestive system. Skipping the tinsel may be smart while having pets in the house.

If you have a live tree, make sure your pets don’t drink the water. This water can be a source of toxic fertilizer.

One of the most dangerous parts of the Christmas tree is the lights.  They are attractive to pets, and if they chew on them they can get burned, shocked or even start a fire. Make sure to unplug light strands when you are not around to supervise.

Poisonous Plants

Poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and lilies can make pets very ill.  Poinsettias are only mildly poisonous and may cause an upset stomach or rash. Holly can cause vomiting and diarrhea and mistletoe can cause an upset stomach or even seizures.  Lilies are one of the most toxic plants, especially to cats. Just one or two bites can cause kidney failure. Keep these plants out of reach or consider using imitations.

Holiday Treats

Turkey, gravy, dressing and pumpkin pie are delicious, but these fatty, rich foods pose serious health risks to your pet. Too much can lead to pancreatitis. Be sure to tell your guests not to feed your pets.

A good deal of holiday candies and cookies contain chocolate. Some varieties of baking chocolate can be fatal to dogs while others can make them very ill. Cats become very sick after eating chocolate, too.

Make sure garbage cans are out of reach.  Bones and fatty leftovers are tempting to pets and can be a choking hazard.

Traveling with Pets

The season comes with a lot of traveling to see family and friends. If your pet is traveling with you, it’s important to keep them comfortable and safe.

Using pet carriers, safety auto harnesses or boosters are great ways to protect your pets while traveling.

Check out how Coastal’s travel line helps reduce distractions while driving and keeps your pets comfortable while traveling.

 We all want the holidays to be the most wonderful time of the year. Taking the time to follow these holiday pet safety tips will ensure you and your pets have a wonderful holiday season.