Thanksgiving activities to enjoy with your pet
by Ontario SPCA and Humane Society | General Pet Care | October 10, 2022
Looking to have some fun with your furry friend this Thanksgiving weekend? Here are some easy ideas to spend some quality time with your furry friend!
DIY pet toys
No matter the weather, enjoy your time together! Even if the weather doesn’t permit to enjoy outdoor fun, you can make your own pet toys for your furry feline or deserving dog by checking out this super simple DIY dog toy or DIY cat scratcher.
Brush up on grooming
Put down that mobile phone and pick up your companion animal’s favourite grooming tool. Did you know that grooming not only keeps your furry friend’s coat healthy, but also provides a variety of benefits?
Brushing removes dandruff, dead hair and dirt, but also stimulates natural oils that will keep your pal looking sleek and shiny. Take care to examine their ears, eyes, teeth, nails or unusual skin areas so you can speak with your veterinarian if it requires attention (early intervention can prevent expensive vet care down the road). Grooming is also a great way to bond and provides mental enrichment for your pet.
Take a hike
If the daily walk around the block is becoming a bit routine, break out and visit somewhere new. Whether it’s a new route you’ve never been, or hitting the local trails, your furry friend would probably also appreciate the change in scenery! We are so lucky in Ontario to have lots of accessible and pet-friendly options. You can contact your local parks and recreation department for a list of local dog-friendly parks or public trails in your area.
Try a new sport together
Have you ever watched an agility contest? You may be amazed at how smart and well-trained the canine competitors are! Many dog parents enjoy brushing up on their pet’s cues every now and then, but you could take it to a whole new level by searching for a dog agility club or dog training class.
Read here for more ways to get active with your pet this fall.
Snap a selfie
As many experienced pet parents will tell you, time with our beloved companion animal is just not long enough. Download a fun app or simply take advantage of the fall foliage and grab some new pics of you and your companion. You can never have too many snaps of your furry friend, and it’s something you can enjoy for years to come.
Photo tips: don’t try to keep your furry friend still for the perfect shot. Just snap as many as you can when the moment is right! You can also try a new toy to entice your cat or a dog-friendly phone attachment that holds a ball or treat to capture your dog’s attention.)
Visit our blog for 10 tips to take pawsitively purrfect pet photos.
Your dedication and support
It is with and because of your dedication and support that helpless animals are being saved. Thank you for everything.