Thanksgiving is right around the corner. You probably have your menu and seating arrangements planned, but have you thought about how you’re going to work off what you gobble? What about your dog? Have you reserved time in the day to exercise your BFF? Holidays can be stressful for even the most sociable animals. Scheduling time to get you and your pup moving after you feast, can help you both enjoy this festive day. Here are some of our favorite ways to achieve the calm contented state that only a good workout can bring.
Head outdoors for a game of fetch. If you’ve got friends or family visiting, bring them along for the fun. Dogs love new and new faces are exciting even when they’re at the other end of an old toy. Grab a ball, Frisbee, or whatever your pup loves to chase and take turns throwing it for them. You’re not going to burn a ton of calories, but your fur babe will love being the center of attention and it’s a great way to get sedentary folks outside and mobile.
Take your pup for a post turkey trot. Dogs are designed to move faster than humans, so pick up the pace and take them for a run. Even if it’s for a short distance, the brisk activity will help them work off some of the anxiety around being a “good dog” all day. Remember that this is your BFF’s outing, so be ready to stop when they want to sniff and explore.
Hike somewhere new. This is another great group activity as long as you choose a hike that everyone present can do. It doesn’t need to be difficult to be fun. The newness is what will thrill your canine companion. New sights and smells are a great way to shake up your dog’s routine, and the humans present will benefit from time spent in nature together.
Same walk different time. Ever notice how different a place can seem depending upon what time of day you visit? Take the same route you normally take your dog for morning walks, at a different time of day than they’re used to. This gives them a novel experience, in a setting they’re already comfortable with. A turkey day two-fer!