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10 Fun Things to do with Your Pets in the New Year

Doing activities with your pets strengthens your bond with them, provides mental and physical stimulation and helps with overall good health.

Whether you’re stuck in a rut doing the same thing (or not enough!) with you pet or just looking for new, creative play ideas here are ten fun things you can do.


  1. Go on a walking tour of your town or city. See your city just like a tourist would but with a much better sense of direction. If you plan your route, you can make pit stops at all of your city’s pet-friendly haunts for treats and attention.
  2. Run or jog together. Nothing tires out a pup with lots of energy like a long run. Some dogs are better suited for longer distances than others, so consider your dog’s health and the temperature outside. Always bring treats and water.
  3. Stock up on toys together at your favorite pet-friendly store. Let your dog steer the trolley and find their new favourite toys!
  4. Find a pet-friendly holiday accommodation and go somewhere new with your dog.There’s a huge variety of dog friendly places to visit, as well as dog friendly days out at parks, castles, abbeys and historic gardens across the UK. Check out the English Heritage or National Trust websites to see a full list of places you can go.


  1. Give your cat a cardboard box. Have any leftover boxes from Christmas shopping? Cats are pretty happy to have way more boxes in the house; whether it’s chewing on cardboard, creating a cozy bed, or playing a game of cat and mouse with your legs cats seem to get an endless amount of enjoyment from a simple cardboard box.
  2. Watch YouTube with your cat. There are thousands of videos for cats on Youtube, most of which feature close-up shots of birds, squirrels, and mice. While not all cats will react strongly to this, if you find something your cat likes there’s a good chance you’ll get their attention. Make sure your volume is turned on so that your cat can hear all the noises that the little critters will make.
  3. Teach your cat to walk on a leash. It might take some patience on your part, but this is a great way to let your cat go safely go on walks with you!
  4. Install cat-friendly games on you tablet or phone and watch your cat chase down digital prey!
  5. And last but not least…attend one of our Dog or Cat First Aid Courses on Saturday, 12th February. Your pet can’t come but you can learn how to spot and treat any injuries that may arise.