It can get pretty cold in Illinois during the winter months and spending more time than necessary outdoors is probably not at the top of your list. However, you can have a blast with your dog enjoying the cold weather and getting out in the fresh air instead of being cooped up all winter. If you have a dog that does not have a lot of hair or tends to get cold easily, you will want to invest in a warm coat for them. Warm boots may also be in order for you and your dog!
Playing in the snow is not just for children! Many dogs enjoy exploring the cold white stuff as well. Next time snow is in the forecast, plan to spend some time outside playing in the snow with your dog. Do not stay out in the cold weather for long periods of time, instead, play for about 20 minutes and then head indoors to warm up. You can play outside a few times throughout the day. Take some toys outside with you and play a few games of fetch or make a couple of snowballs and see if your dog can catch them before they hit the ground.
Christmas is a time for parades and parties. It is also a time for the cold weather to descend with a fury. Christmastime in Illinois is much like the rest of the Midwest. It is cold and can be blustery. However, people come out in droves to attend Christmas parades and enjoy the merriment of the season. You can enjoy a local Christmas parade in a whole new way. Many parades offer a chance to be in the parade and your dog can join you, too! You can plan a costume for you and your dog that is warm and creative so you can be both toasty and festive.
There is nothing that gets the blood pumping through your veins like a brisk walk through the neighborhood on a cold Illinois day. Your dog will enjoy the exercise and being with you and you will enjoy filling your lungs with fresh air. It is free and easy to take a brisk walk around the block. Remember to dress warmly and protect your dog against the cold if they are not a cold weather kind of dog, like the thick-coated breeds. Do not stay out in the cold for long periods of time to avoid any adverse side effects of being in the cold.
While most places that have ball pits do not allow dogs to come in out of the cold to play, you can create your own ball pit. Some dog clubs also host playdates and will even have ball pits for dogs to jump into and play. Ball pits are the perfect activity on cold days for dogs that love balls.
may be a little overwhelming to host a large playdate for your dog. But, you could
have a few friends and their dogs come over for a few games and treats. If you
happen to have a ball pit set up for your dog, it would be a lot of fun to
watch all the dogs dive in and enjoy the activity.
Whether you prefer to stay inside where it is toasty and dry or venture outdoors into the nippy, cold weather, there are plenty of activities your dog can enjoy. Winter lasts a long time and cold days in Illinois can stretch endlessly before you and your dog. Break up the monotony of winter by taking part in activities that will bring you and your dog closer and create fantastic memories for the whole family.