Activities For Dogs In Minnesota On Cold Days

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Introduction

Throughout much of the year in Minnesota, you can anticipate cold days. Fortunately, cold temperatures do not have to get in the way of you and your pup having fun together. Inside or out, your pup can still have their activity needs met on cold days in the state and you will find there are plenty of ways for you and your canine companion to enjoy one another's company. Get ready to try some new things and in some cases, put on a few layers, as you and your pup keep busy on a cold day in Minnesota!

Doga

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Cold Day
Moderate
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15 - 60 min
Items needed
Doga Mat
Treats
Water And Bowl
Activity description
On a cold day in Minnesota it can be hard to motivate yourself to take your pup for some outdoor exercise. When that is the case, why not try a yoga class with your dog? Located in Anoka, Minnesota, PUCCI Power Doga offers a unique exercise class that includes Vinyasa flow style yoga and upbeat music. Both you and your pup can enjoy this full yoga workout and not only get some exercise, but have the opportunity to spend quality time together. An introductory package includes three sessions and a Dog mat for $30. Individual classes are $15 each and you can purchase a 5-class punch card for $50.
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Plan your yoga time
First, you will want to plan when you are going to attend the yoga class. Check for class times and see what works best for you and your pup and incorporate the class into your schedule for the particular day. Remember, if Anoka is too far to travel to or you would like to try yoga with your dog first without spending any money, you can search online for videos that show you how to do yoga with your canine pal.
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Get the basics
Just what do you need for a yoga class with your dog? There are a few basics like water and a bowl, just in case your pup gets thirsty during the activity. Make sure to bring water for you as well. Treats are also good to have for your pup, so that you can reward them (or distract them if necessary). Bring a leash and walk your pup from the car to the studio on it in order to ensure their safety. You will likely want to keep your pooch leashed until class begins to avoid any potential challenges. Doga mats are offered at Pucci Power Doga. If you are at home doing yoga with your dog, you might choose to use a yoga mat; you can also stick with a carpeted floor.
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Roll with it
It is hard to imagine that doing yoga with your dog would be anything but entertaining! It is likely, particularly as you get started practicing yoga with your pooch, that things may be a bit chaotic. Do your best to roll with it and not get frustrated. Your pal may take a while to get used to the concept of being still and quiet as well as manipulated into poses. After a few sessions, doga will become easier! While you may not get the best yoga workout you have ever had as you work with your pup, appreciate that you both are getting some exercise while also enjoying one another's company.
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Banadad Ski Trail System

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Cold Day
Moderate
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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Water and a Bowl
Treats
Skis or Snowmobile
Leash
Activity description
While the weather may be cold, it does not mean that you and your pup can't enjoy some fun outdoors! Bundle up and bring your canine pal to the Banadad Ski Trail System. This public ski trail welcomes dogs and you and your pup can embark on some cross-country skiing or snowmobiling on the trail. The trail is managed by the Banadad Ski Trail Association in agreement with the  Gunflint Ranger District - USFS and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. You will need a Minnesota Ski Pass to ski the trail and there is free public parking provided at the Eastern and Western Trailheads.
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Plan the ski trail adventure
If some time on skis or a snowmobile sounds good to you, you can start planning a trip to the Banadad Ski Trail system, which goes through the Boundary Waters Wilderness. The trails include the Banadad trail as well as 14 kilometers of other trails that begin on the eastern end of the Banadad trail. Depending on where you are coming from in Minnesota, as well as for how long you plan to ski, this adventure may require spending the night nearby. Information to help with your planning is available on the website for the Banadad Ski Trail system.
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Pack the essentials
Once you have a plan for your outing, you will want to get the items together that you will need. How much you will want to bring with you will depend upon how long it will take you to get to the trail and whether you plan to spend the night nearby. Some necessities include a leash for your pup, water for both of you to drink, warm clothing in layers for you, a sweater or jacket for your pup (depending on their fur) and some treats. Don't forget your skis or snowmobile and consider some boots for your pup to keep their feet warm.
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Develop your bond on the trail
Particularly if you are skiing, your exertion will likely warm you up quickly. Your pup will likely appreciate the opportunity to take in new smells and romp around in the snow. You can enjoy spectacular views of the area while you and your pooch get plenty of activity. Best of all, you and your pup will get to spend time together and further develop your already strong bond.
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Dog Park Play

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Ball or Frisbee
Treats
Water and Bowl
Waste Bags
Activity description
Despite the fact that the weather is often chilly in Minnesota, there are many dog parks available throughout the state. If you are in Minnesota, it is likely that you own a warm sweater, a winter coat, a hat, gloves and a scarf. Go ahead and put them on and take your pup out for some fun! Your dog's fur will keep them relatively warm despite the temperatures, though a dog sweater or jacket are good options if their fur is not sufficiently thick. Even in the cold, your dog will appreciate the opportunity to run, play and make new friends. As for you, keep warm by walking around the park as you keep an eye on your pup. A nice hot chocolate or coffee will help too!
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Peruse park possibilities
Minnesota is home to a number of dog parks; so many that it can be hard to choose which to visit! You may have a particular dog park in mind or you can look online at all of the possibilities and choose which one is the best fit for you and your pup. There is Bald Eagle Otter Lake Regional Dog Park in White Bear, which has 12 acres of space to roam, or Coates/Dakota County Dog Park in Rosemount, that has double gates for safety and waste bags so you can clean up after your pup, to name two.
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Frisbee fun
Once you know which dog park you plan to visit, there are a few things that you will want to get together for your visit. Even if the dog park allows for pups to be off-leash, make sure you have your leash with you for the walk from the car into the park itself. This will ensure your dog's safety and allow you to keep them in your control if necessary. Bring along treats and water; just because it is cold out does not mean your pup won't get thirsty! Waste bags are always important so that you can clean up after your pup. Bringing along a frisbee or ball is also a good idea; if it is a slow day at the dog park, throwing one for your dog to retrieve will help engage them.
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Move and play
Once you are inside the dog park, your dog can be let off-leash to run and play. If there are other dogs at the park, your pup may jump right in and interact or hang back and slowly get to know the pups that are new to them. Keep an eye on your little buddy as they play, while walking around the park to keep yourself warm and get in some exercise yourself. While it may be cold out, you can easily warm yourself up through activity without worrying about overheating like you might on a warm day. Enjoy watching your dog run and play and be sure to clean up after them!
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Puzzle Toy For Pup

A puzzle toy is a great way to keep your pup occupied and provide both mental and physical activity. When it is a cold day, your dog will appreciate having a puzzle toy with which to engage. Typically made of rubber or hard plastic, a puzzle toy will be filled with treats, kibble, or something sticky like peanut butter. Once the treats are inside, your pup can work the puzzle in an effort to get the snacks out. Not only will the puzzle toy keep their interest, it is likely you will get a kick out of watching your dog manipulate the toy to access their reward!

Relax at Sociable Cider Werks

On a cold day, it can be nice to enjoy a drink that will help warm you up. A place to check out is Sociable Cider Werks, in Minneapolis. This casual taproom offers a variety of tasty brews and your canine buddy can join you at a pet-friendly table. The two of you can spend time together while you sample one of their specialties. A food truck is also present so you can have a bit to eat as you relax with your beer. Sociable Cider Werks is not the only brewery in the area; you can plan to explore multiple breweries over the course of a Minnesota winter; there is Modist Brewing Company, Twin Spirits Distillery, and Inbound BrewCo to name a few!

Explore Birchbark Books

On a cold day in Minnesota, you might feel like staying indoors and curling up with a good book...and your canine buddy of course! Before relaxing on your couch, you can head to Birchbark Books in Minneapolis to choose a book that you want to spend the day with. Your dog is welcome to join you in the store as you explore their large collection of titles. Make sure to keep your pup on their leash during your visit. After you have found just the right book, you and your pup can head home and enjoy some relaxing time together.

Conclusion

Whether facing a long winter or being in the middle of one, there is no need to fear a cold day in Minnesota. The state offers plenty of activities that will either keep you occupied inside or keep your blood pumping so that you can remain warm when you are outside. An added bonus of those outdoor activities is the opportunity to show off your cozy winter coat! You and your pup will be able to spend quality time together and be active, regardless of whether you are inside or outside as you engage in some fun!