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Creative Ways to Bond with Your Pet

While we are increasingly isolated from one another during this pandemic, we can take comfort in the companionship of our pets — and even have some fun while we’re at it. Now is the perfect time to practice enrichment activities that stimulate the minds of our pets and strengthen our bonds.

Play Find the Treat: create a scent hunt by hiding little bits of kibble or treats around the home — under the bed, at the side of a dresser, or the top of stairs.

Create Do-It-Yourself Toys/Games: since the kids are home too, they can help create some feathers tied to the end of a stick. Or cut holes into boxes to create a whack-a-mole game for your dogs.

Cook/Mealtime Fun: this is the time to break out those dog treat recipes that you may have been putting off. Or if your pet is on a diet, snack together on carrots, blueberries or apples. At mealtime, instead of using a bowl, scatter kibble in the yard to engage their hunting instincts.

Let Them Work Beside You: When working at home, consider pulling another chair next to your desk so your pet can sit right beside you. It makes for terrific #WorkingFromHome photos when you need a break.

Photoshoot: capture Insta-worthy photos of your pets using squeaky toys to get their attention or putting peanut butter on the roof of their mouths for tongue shots (#TongueOutTuesday, anyone?).

Whatever way you decide to enjoy your pet’s company will benefit you both. While these times are incredibly stressful, they can also offer a reminder to slow down and enjoy our furry friends in ways they deserve.

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