I’ve got five winter activities you can do with your dog to keep you both active this winter! Don’t hibernate! Hibernation is for bears and is not healthy for humans and dogs! Winter can be as much fun as the other seasons if you open your mind to the possibilities! At my house winter is our favorite and most active season, if you can imagine that!
5 Winter Activities For You And Your Dog
1. Walk or Run as if it is any other season!
Just because it is cold out or snowy, is not an excuse to stop walking. Most dogs are just fine outside in the winter. Some breeds may need a coat, but coats are easy to find in stores or online. Rather than sitting on the couch get yourself dressed up warm and take your dog for a walk. The cold air is so refreshing! You and your dog will both feel better and be so much happier if you get out and move. If you are a runner, bundle up and keep on running outdoors. Treadmills are boring and a run outside with your pup is much more fun!
2. Get outside and play!
Don’t simply send your dog outside and expect them to keep themselves busy. Bundle up and go out with your dog. Toss the tennis ball, throw the Frisbee, play chase, or dig a snow tunnel. It will be fun for both of you and it will burn off some puppy energy. Do be careful of icy conditions! Like humans, dogs can fall and really injure themselves on ice!
3. Work on training indoors and outdoors!
Winter is a great time to work on obedience or trick training in the house. While watching TV, get up and work on some training during commercial breaks. If you do sports like we do, tracking or nose work, go out and practice. The cold weather changes the way odor travels which is a nice challenge for us dogs to work through. Don’t let us get rusty over the winter! We love to be outside working on our nose work or tracking!
4. Take a fun class or two or three!
Dog school is so much more than obedience these days. There are a myriad of sports for fun or competition, and even classes for senior dog enrichment. Why not check with your favorite or local dog school to see what they offer during the winter months. Most schools have websites where you can sign up online! It’s a great time to try something new! Bailie and Madison are taking agility for ten weeks to see if they like it or not to keep them busy during the winter months.
5. Take your dog shopping!
Taking your dog shopping may not seem like a big deal, but it is so important for your dog. Many stores like Home Depot, smaller hardware stores, car dealerships, and others allow dogs, but you can always bring your pup along to a pet store. Going shopping helps with socialization, practicing manners, and learning to not fear different environments. Besides all that, it is a huge mental workout for a dog with all the sights and smells. Your dog will most likely want to nap on the drive home!
Why sit home being a couch potato with your dog? Get out and enjoy the season, try something new, and do it with your best friend, your dog! Both of you will be happier, and feel better about yourselves if you get out and do something!