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Keeping Pets Safe, Occupied in the Winter

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Many dogs LOVE being outside, even in the winter. But these frigid temperatures are just not safe for them.

A manager at Katzenbarkers in Wausau says, if they are going out in the cold, make sure they are wearing things like protective booties and dog coats. But if you are not able to take them outside for a long period of time, there are some toys, and even treats that will help keep them occupied inside.

"There's a lot of games you can play with your dog, soft indoor toys, people will teach their dog a new trick," said manager, Rebecca Bearjaw, "spend more time with your dog indoors, to satisfy that energy that they're not able to expend outside."

One of the most popular toys out there is a feeding tray that mimics plastic grass at different levels. You can put your dog's entire dinner in the tray, and that will keep the dog occupied for a while.

Another good idea is to use toys like laser pointers inside the house. It not only keeps the pooches busy, but it is also entertaining for the adults.


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