Exercise your pets mentally as well as physically!
When most people think about exercising their pets, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely… walkies! In actual fact, there are so many different ways we can stimulate and exercise our fur-friends.
Making them work for their meals is a great way you can mentally stimulate your pets and it doesn’t take up too much time. I often feed my spaniels using our hand-made snuffle mats – they love these! I initially began by just sprinkling biscuits on top so they get the idea. Gradually, I would make it harder by wedging treats in the bottom or even tying treats up in the strands. The idea is they have to ‘snuffle’ to find treats or their food. In the summer you can use the mat outside and peg the snuffle mat into the ground! Snuffle mats aren’t just for dogs we’ve got customers that use them for cats and even rabbits!
Training is a fantastic way to mentally stimulate your dog and really helps improve your bond with them. Obedience training is a beneficial place to start and then you can slowly progress to fun tricks like ’touch’ ‘spin’ ‘hi-five’ etc! Get creative with this!