Sponsored content: Keep pup active, healthy all winter

Winter’s snow, wet and cold may be keeping your dog indoors, so it’s important to find ways to help him or her stay active.

Pets who get plenty of exercise are happier, healthier and less likely to engage in destructive behaviors such as chewing. Here are some suggestions for indoors activities for you and your dog.

Play fetch indoors

Indoor fetch toys like soft balls or flying discs allow your dog to safely exercise her body and her retrieving instincts indoors. Improve the challenge by tossing the toy in such a way that your pooch gets the extra exercise of navigating a furniture obstacle course to retrieve it.

Hide and seek with a twist

Sneak off to a far part of the house and call your dog. He or she will love the mental challenge of hunting for you and the sense of victory when she finds you. Take along a toy that features a squeaker to help the dog find your hiding place.

Work for the treat

During less active winter months, your dog can be at risk for weight gain. This doesn’t mean eliminating snacks – instead, include some exercise and make your dog work for a reward.

And when you walk outside use common sense; keep your dog (and yourself) off ice and out of deep snow during walks, and bundle him or her up in a warm sweater and booties if needed. For evening walks, use reflective collars and leashes to help make your dog more noticeable in the dark.

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