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Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

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10 Indoor Activities to Do with Your Dog

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During these colder months, the winter isn’t always the most ideal time to play outside with your dog. Unless you both love the snow, cold or rain, you may find yourself spending more time indoors. But how do you still get your dog exercise and some brain stimulation? Here are 10 indoor activities for you and your dog to enjoy.

 

1.    Spa Day

Doggy Spa Day Give your dog an at-home grooming session full of brushing, belly rubs, and massages. Yes, dogs can have massages and most of them love it!

 

2.    Puzzles and Games 

Dog Puzzles and games

There are plenty of puzzle toys for dogs to keep them stimulated, like the Buster Activity Mat. There are also DIY games you can play with your pup, like the ‘shell game’ as it is often referred to – it’s an easy way to engage your dog!

 

3.    New Tricks 

Dog Tricks

Teach your dog a new trick! If they already know the basics, perhaps try to teach them more advanced tricks. A fun one to try out is teaching them how to put away their own toys or how to bring certain items around the house to you.

 

4.    Homemade Treats or Toys

Homemade Treats

Homemade dog treats or DIY toys are a fun activity for you, and it benefits your pup. Check out this yummy homemade dog treat recipe or this list of DIY dog toys!

 

5.    Tag or Hide-And-Seek 

Dog hide-and-seek

We all played these games as children, but did you know it can be fun for your dog too? Tag you’re it!

 

6.    Arts and Crafts

Dog Paw Print Arts and Crafts

Make a cute piece of art with your dog’s paw print. Create a clay paw print ornament or get some pet-friendly ink or paint to dab onto their paws to put on paper. Now you have a doggy work of art!

 

7.    Obstacle Course

Dog Obstacle Course

Create an obstacle course for your dog. You can get creative with items around your house or even buy items from agility kits. The obstacle course will keep them active and stimulated.

 

8.    Doga

Doggy Yoga or Doga

Downward Dog isn’t just for humans. Yoga for and with dogs is called Doga. There are yoga studios around the U.S. that offer this service, but you can easily do Doga at home. Dog teaches trust and builds a bond between you and your dog, plus it’s good for circulation and relaxation.

 

9.    Pet-Friendly Bubbles

Pet-Friendly Bubbles You can purchase pet-friendly bubbles for your pup. Not only will this be fun for your dog, but it will be extremely entertaining for you. Plus, it makes for some pretty great photos or videos!

 

10. Play And Stay at Best Friends

Doggy Day Camp and Play & Stay

Best Friends Pet Hotel hosts Doggy Day Camp every day of the week. After your dog socializes and plays all day, they can snooze in our comfy boarding suites. Check with your local Best Friends for winter specials!

 

SOURCES:

Zukes

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Share your photos and videos with us! Did you score a video of Sparky catching a fly ball while jumping into the pool? Did you snap a cute photo of Fluffy in a sleeping slumber? Send your best photos and videos of your pets to marketing@bestfriends.net for a chance to be featured.

Tags: Best friends pet care, Best Friends Pet Hotel, Cat tips, Dog agility course, Dog obstacle course, Dog puzzles, Dog spa, Dog tips, Dog tricks, Doga, Grooming, Homemade dog toys, Homemade dog treats, Indoor activities for dogs, Pet Hotel, Pet Safety, Winter weather tips, Yoga for dogs

Get Your Pets Ready For Holiday Guests!

Brush Thoroughly

‘Tis the season to deck the halls, but how can you keep the house looking its best when there are pets in the family?

No amount of scrubbing, spraying or even cookie baking will make your home smell great if there’s a stinky pet in the house. Only a pre-holiday grooming session will help.

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Tags: Grooming, Holidays

Grooming to Keep your Pet Healthy and Comfortable During the Winter Months

Winter is hard on skin – for humans and for our pets. Indoor heat and cold arid air outside make skin dry and itchy. Many owners are unsure about the best way to keep their pets comfortable in winter. The solution is to keep up regular grooming schedules.

Following are answers to some of the most often-asked questions about winter skin care.

Q.  Should pets be bathed during the winter?

A. Yes!  A clean pet is a healthy pet. Regular shampooing and brushing during the winter months keep the skin and coat healthy. Follow the shampoo with a conditioning and moisturizing rinse. The drying process is key, because leaving dampness at skin level can cause problems. A short coat might be fine with just a vigorous toweling, but longer hair needs separating with comb or brush and plenty of airflow. Be very careful with your home hair dryer: use the lowest heat setting and keep it moving to prevent burns. (Professional groomers are equipped with high volume, low heat machines to dry quickly and safely.)

Q. Should I leave my pet’s hair long in winter to keep him warm?

A. If you decide to leave the coat longer, be prepared to brush often to prevent matting. Tangles form fast and trap moisture, a major cause of skin problems. Matted hair is not comfy and warm, but air trapped in layers of a well-brushed coat is effective insulation.

Maintain the same haircut schedule year round for breeds that require regular trimming. Your groomer can keep the style longer than in the summer, but allowing hair to “grow in” all winter can necessitate a drastic ‘short shave’ in spring.

If you’re concerned about your pet being cold when he’s outdoors, a sweater or fleece coat is a better option than letting his coat grow long and unruly.

Q.  My dog seems to itch a lot more during the winter. What can I do?

A.  With windows closed and heaters on, low humidity indoors will dry pet’s skin. Counteract this with regular brushing to stimulate and spreads the natural oils.

Medicated shampoos and soothing moisturizing conditioners help if your pet’s skin seems itchy or scaly. Consult a professional groomer or veterinarian for recommendations. Nutrition is also important for skin health; omega oils in food or as a supplement  is good.

Q.  Why do my pets nails seem grow faster in the winter?

A.  When dogs have fewer hours of exercise, nails can become overgrown because they are not being worn down with normal activity. Claws may need more frequent attention during the winter months. The ideal time is after the shampoo, while soft. Nails should  barely touch the ground when the dog is standing. While clipping, check for hair between the pads that form uncomfortable lumps, and trap snow and ice.

House pets need regular grooming for health and hygiene. Don’t skip tasks – like nail clipping and tangle removal – just because they are difficult. If there are things you cannot or do not want to undertake yourself, seek the help of a professional. Your pet will be happier and more comfortable.

 

Tags: Grooming, Pet advice, Winter
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