Activities For Dogs In Alabama On Cold Days

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Introduction

It doesn’t happen often: the blizzards and ice normally steer clear of Alabama. However, occasionally we experience a few flurries, a couple of inches of snow, a little black ice, and definitely cold temperatures that contrast greatly to our extended summertimes. We’re warm-blooded in these parts. We sometimes joke that we need gills to breathe the usual hot and humid air. But what happens to our pets when suddenly, our short-lived winter is upon us? How do we entertain our pets on the chilly and outright freezing days? Stay with us for some fur-tastic ideas!

Must Be Trippin'

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Any Day
Moderate
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2 hrs
Items needed
Transportation and Gas
Collar or Harness
Leash
Activity description
Maybe the last thing you think about doing on cold Alabama days is getting out, but it could be just the thing that lifts the spirits of your downhearted, cold-nosed fur baby. Sometimes, cold days are still lovely. A warm car ride can do the puppy (and human) soul some good. Head to your nearest pet store where you’ll find plenty of toys, treats, dog food, and other pet supplies. If your dog is a people- and animal-lover, this kind of activity could cheer them up in no time! Whether you have a larger dog that can walk the store themselves or a tiny breed that needs to ride in the shopping cart, this could be the adventure they’ve been waiting for!
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Load up
Load up the car with all your pet’s travel supplies and head to the store. You’ll want to remember to bring their collar or harness as well as their leash. Don’t forget to pack a little bottle of water and some treats, too. Finally, if your pet appreciates a shopping cart liner, blanket, or pillow of sorts to make the ride more comfortable, don’t forget to pack that.
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Enjoy the store
There’s so much to do, see, smell, and taste in a pet store. If your baby loves looking at other animals, often fish and birds are present. You might purchase a new toy, bag of treats, doggie outfit, snazzy pup coat, or even sign your pet up for a little pampering or grooming. Usually, at checkout, your companion will receive a treat from the pet-friendly staff.
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Socialize (proceed with caution)
You’re the best judge. You know whether your dog can handle an outing like this or not. It can be great for your boy or girl to socialize with other dogs and pet owners, but it can also be very stressful for some. You do what you think is best. Stick with some of the other cold day activities if you think this adventure might cause anxiety for your pup.
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Hallway Bowling

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Pillows
Dog's Favorite Ball
Long Hallway
Activity description
Those long winter faces put us all in a funk. When we notice that our pup has the blues, it makes us blue, too! Have no fear! We’ve got just the game for you. Bowling involves rolling and a crash of pins, so we’re taking our cue from that. Surely your furry playmate will enjoy exerting some energy in the house. When it’s too frigid to go for a walk or to run in the yard, this is a great alternative. After about thirty minutes of play, you’ll see that sunny day smile you’ve longed to see. That tongue will be hanging out, and that tail will be wagging with glee!
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Set up the alley
Though you’re not actually bowling, you’re setting up something akin to a bowling alley in your hallway. Realize that when you roll the ball, your buddy will begin racing toward the round object. They’re fetching, and they’re all-out running. Stack pillows to ensure your pet’s safety. This will give them a soft, plush landing when they inevitably have to put on the brakes! This is especially essential if you’re playing on a slick surface like hardwood or tile.
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Bowl for your baby
Roll the ball down your homemade hallway alley, and watch your wintertime doggie come back to life. Their eyes will light up when they see that ball running down the length of the hall. Encourage your fluffy child to return with their ball. Repeat until you see the panting. A trip to the water bowl may be necessary after a while.
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Restack
This is a safety precaution. After your dog softly crashes into the pillows, you will probably need to restack, depending on the momentum and size of your dog. Also, be sure to remove any tables or other hallway furniture. We don’t want any broken items or serious injuries. After all, you’re just trying to have a little fun.
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Muffin Madness

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Muffin Tin
6 to 12 Tennis Balls
Dog Treats
Activity description
Baby dog, it’s cold outside! And we know you’re wanting to play. Sometimes you stare at your pup during the winter, and those little eyes seem to long for a game or activity that will warm up their core and make them the bundles of energy you know they can be. They stare out windows and long for warmer weather. But you can help them enjoy the indoors. In fact, a look around your kitchen can put you on the fast-track to some much-needed fun! Hopefully, this activity will get your creative wheels turning. Plenty of unique games can be created by using simple household items.
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Gather materials
For this activity, you’ll need to grab your muffin tin. You might start off with a 6-cup tray and then move on to a 12-cup tray once your doggo gets the hang of things. Place a treat in one cup of the tin, and then cover each cup with a tennis ball. Your muffin tin should look like it’s covered with chartreuse cupcakes when you’re all set!
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Employ the mind
Place the muffin tin in front of your dog. Without explaining the game, see if they naturally pick up on the rules. If they don’t, help your fur child along. Begin to remove the tennis balls and show them that a treat resides underneath one of the many balls. Try again and again until they understand and may complete the puzzle on their own.
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Cheer on your pup
It’s okay to cheer on your pup. They like the attention, believe me! Feel free to celebrate their find with them. Rub them behind those ears when they locate the prize. Play a few times so that your sweetheart puts the object of the game to memory. They’ll for sure go crazy the next time you pull the muffin tin out of the pantry!
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Doggie IQ Tests

Speaking of IQ tests, this is a great way to have some fun with your dog when the weather outside is frightful. Research some tests you can administer, and keep track of the points your little pal earns as they complete several rounds of testing.

Blanket Escape

Many consider this to be an IQ test, but it’s a fun, warm indoor activity for your pup as well. Place a large blanket over your dog and allow them to work to free themselves. It’s great for brain work, and they’ll even get some indoor exercise. Stay nearby so you may assist if your dog can't manage to exit on their own. It may take a few tries to get the point of the activity.

Conclusion

Brrrrr! Just because we’re usually stuck indoors during the cold, harsh, blustery days of winter doesn’t mean you and your dog have to be bored stiff. Warm up with some of these activities. We also recommend lots of couch cuddles during the few Alabama freezing months. Yes, indeed, we prescribe plenty of puppy kisses, belly rubs, and scratches behind the ole floppy ears.