When you wake up one morning to a winter wonderland, don’t forget to let your pup get in on the action! While not all dogs are true cold-weather lovers, it’s a great opportunity to expose your dog to new sights, sounds, and experiences. Check out these five things you and your dog can enjoy when the weather’s snowy.
Fetch. When the ground is covered with the white stuff, your average game of fetch gets remade! Dogs have to search and find for their favorite ball in drifts, and they’ll burn off extra energy bounding around in the snow.
Hiking. Not only will a winter hike let you get up close with the beauty of winter, but it will also stimulate your pup’s senses and keep them busy. Exploring new terrain or just seeing their favorite park through a blanket of white will be a great experience for both of you.
Skijoring. Cross-country skiers or more adventurous winter explorers should certainly try Skijoring. Simply clip your dog into a pulling harness, attach the leash around your waist while snapping into your cross-country skis and you’re ready to go. Strong, larger breeds should be able to pull your weight easily but be confident in your some turning and stop commands down before you venture off.
Practice nose work. Snow can be a great way to practice nose work with your pup! Searching for toys or targets in the snow stimulates your dog’s brain as they search in the new environment. As they scan, however, keep an eye on their feet and pads to be sure the snow isn’t building up and causing discomfort or injury.
Sledding. Kids aren’t the only one who gets a kick out of a sledding trip. Dogs will love chasing you up and down the hill and exploring. Be sure your dog has great recall and is comfortable with other people before letting them off leash. The last thing you want is to be chasing your dog all over a new park in heavy snow drifts!
Use your recent snowfall to bond with your dog by sharing share new sights and experiences with your dog this winter. Just be sure to bundle up!