Activities For Dogs In Arkansas On Cold Days

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Introduction

Arkansas is a dog-friendly state that is loaded with things to do no matter what the weather. In fact, many canines want to head outdoors when the weather is cold rather than during the hot, muggy summer months in the Natural State. Even at the height of winter, the temperature tends to be relatively mild. You will usually only need a light jacket and, if your pooch is short coated,  they will benefit from a small sweater or jacket to keep the chill at bay. If the weather is wet, you might want to bring an umbrella or some rain gear.

Caving

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
4 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Water bowl
Waste removal bags
Activity description
It doesn't matter if it is hot or cold when it comes to caving because the temperature within the cave is always brisk. The War Eagle Cavern located in Rogers, Arkansas is the only cave in the area that allows you to take your four-legged sidekick along on the exploration. Unlike many other cave systems, you are encouraged to touch the walls and other surfaces. This visual and physical combination only adds to the experience. Also, while touring the cave, you will learn about the cave system and additional interesting information concerning the geographic formation. There are also trails, chances to pan for gems, and other fun activities on site.
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Entering the cave
Your dog will need to be on a leash when entering the cave. If your dog is short-haired, a jacket or sweater is suggested for them because the cave's temperature is a brisk 58 degrees Fahrenheit year round.
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Traveling through caverns
Tours leave the trading post every 20 minutes. Your guide will take you and your four-legged friend through numerous caverns and down various pet-friendly passageways so be sure to keep your pooch close by your side. If you have a small pet stroller then you can place your dog into the stroller and explore the cave with your dog riding in comfort
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Pan for gems
After exploring the cave, why not pan for gems with your trusty canine by your side? The War Eagle Mining Company has a water sluice that allows you to pan for gems. Everyone is guaranteed to find at least 8 ounces of treasure when panning.
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Riverboat Journey

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Any Day
Moderate
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2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Water
Water bowl
Activity description
Imagine the joy of taking a leisurely 15-mile riverboat ride on an old-fashioned steamboat named Belle. It will be like a journey back in time. The boat runs every day in Hot Springs National Park. It floats leisurely across Lake Hamilton. You can choose a simple sightseeing cruise or a lunch cruise. However, dogs are only allowed on the outdoor decks and must be leashed at all times.  Tours typically take from one and a half hours to two hours. An evening tour is ideal to watch the sunset with your furry best friend by your side.
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Boarding the boat
Have your dog's leash and collar firmly on them. Even if your dog is riding in a pet-friendly stroller they still must have a leash and collar on at all times while on board the steamboat Belle.
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Starting the cruise
Most dogs are fine when initially boarding the boat. The Belle is large enough that it is not much different than walking into a building. However, once the boat starts to turn on its engines and move, many dogs may start to become nervous. Offer reassuring words and calm your furry friend.
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Water and relaxation
Remember that the cruise is all about relaxing with your best canine friend. Some dogs might be nervous though so be prepared to offer your pooch small sips of water while you enjoy the unparalleled views of the surrounding countryside from the deck.
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Market Excursion

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2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Pet waste bags
Activity description
The River Market District sits along the waterfront in Little Rock. There are numerous small shops, cafes, and coffee houses. Many have outdoor seating and welcome dogs. Before entering any of the establishments, be certain to ask whether they welcome canines. The place is an ideal venue for an excursion year round. There are usually events, and during the holidays it is a trendy stop. While strolling through the area, your dog must remain on the leash at all times, and you are required to pick up after your pet. If you own a pet stroller, this is an ideal place to stroll with your pet.
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Begin the fun
As soon as you arrive and find parking it is time to leash your dog. Even if your canine shopping partner is in a pet stroller they should still have a leash on at all times. Also, be sure to load up on pet waste disposal bags in case Fido has an accident. Be aware of other patrons of the market, keeping your curious companion close by your side.
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Soak up the culture
The River Market District is what many consider the cultural hub of the city. During the holidays it is truly lovely, so bundle up with a jacket and enjoy the lights and activities. If you are feeling the chill, grab a cup of coffee at Zeteo. Offer your dog water often, and take them for a pee break every now and then.
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People watch
Even if the weather is chilly you can still enjoy the outdoor patio seating at many of the area locations because they run outdoor heaters. You and your pooch can grab a table to dine while you people watch. Just make sure your dog lays quietly next to you and does not disturb the other diners.
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Post Familie Vineyards & Winery

At the Post Familie Vineyards and Winery well-behaved dogs who are leashed are welcome. The vineyard is open daily. If it is a chilly day, then don a jacket and enjoy the brisk Arkansas weather. At the winery, you can enjoy tastings. It is the largest winery in Arkansas and also sells numerous other items at their gift store. Overnight lodging is even available if you want the day trip to turn into a getaway. Advance reservations are required, and you must always let them know that you will be traveling with your pooch. While touring the winery and vineyards, promptly pick up after your dog.

Shopping for Doggy Supplies

What better activity to enjoy during a cold day than shopping for pet supplies? At the local Pickles Pet Pourri, you can duck into the warm store with your pooch in tow. All pets are welcome at the boutique. You can shop for everything from leashes to doggy life vests. There are also couture canine clothing items. You can find funny bumper stickers, coffee mugs, and numerous other pet-related home decor items here. Remember when visiting the shop to keep your pooch on a leash at all times. If you want to add a pet to your family, they also offer onsite adoption services for rescue pets. 

Ride the Rails

Have you ever dreamed about riding on an old-time railway? Well, at the Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway in you and your pooch can enjoy a real train ride together.  The narrated train trip teaches you about the local history as you ride along. Dogs are permitted on the train, but they are not allowed in the dining car. You will need to keep your pal on a leash during the trip. They do not charge extra for canines. You can book tickets online. The train runs year round and is an ideal attraction to enjoy during the holidays or on any cold day.

Conclusion

Arkansas is a lovely state that shines with the seasons. In the autumn the leaves turn brilliant hues, and during the winter months, it is not uncommon to have a dusting of snow in specific regions. In the spring, everything comes alive in brilliant hues of green, but it can still be a bit chilly. Even if the weather is brisk, you and your canine companion can still get out and enjoy many indoor and outdoor activities. You will have to plan and wear layers when enjoying outdoor fun like a trip to the dog park or some other adventure.