Activities For Dogs In Nebraska On Cold Days

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Introduction

Nebraska is a dog-friendly state. No matter what the season, the state's residents are always out and about walking their dogs. If you are visiting the Cornhusker state with your canine companion, you will encounter a warm pet-friendly atmosphere and ample activities to keep your pooch amused. In the autumn, winter, and spring months the days and nights can get cold, but you can dress in layers and even invest in a doggy jacket to keep your canine buddy warm so you can both continue to enjoy a variety of adventures together regardless of a downturn in the mercury.

Plant Power

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Cold Day
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1 hour
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Leash
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Treats and Water
Activity description
In the early spring months, even if the weather is cold, an afternoon trip to Earl May Nursery & Garden Center is often a fun excursion to soak up some sunshine with your pooch. Even if you don't plan on purchasing any plants, then you can still both enjoy the outing. Visting the substantial outdoor greenhouse is a great way to get a bit of exercise. Well-behaved pets are welcome at the greenhouse. Shopping at the nursery and garden center with your furry four-legged friend is a great way to prepare for spring by purchasing flowers, bulbs, or supplies to start a springtime flower garden.
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Prep for the excursion
A trip to the greenhouse will amount to a pretty exciting activity for your pup. Bring a leash so that you can keep your dog under control at all times. If your dog is small, you may want to bring a stroller to put them in but keep in mind that doing so may restrict some of the areas you can access. Pack water and treats too as a little diversion for your pup when needed.
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Plants sniffing and shopping
When exploring the greenhouse with your pooch you can have some fun and let Fido pick out a plant. Dogs have a highly sensitive nose that can detect even subtle fragrances. Don't be surprised if your dog is actually more attracted to some plants over others. If this is the case, then you might want to pick a plant your dog likes to place in your garden.
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Take a rest
The greenhouse is very large so you and your four-legged buddy might want to take a rest on one of the many benches. Even if it is cold, you can still enjoy the experience of being outdoors in the brisk air or explore the sheltered confines of the greenhouse with the companionship of your pooch. You may be interested in a lengthy stay but your pal may have other ideas. Be aware of their signals (such as restlessness) and wrap up the visit when the time is right.
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Browse and Shop

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Cold Day
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1 hr
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Some Nebraska days are frigid, so you might become a tiny bit stir crazy and want to get out of the house with your furry four-legged friend. If the weather is excessively cold, then you could combine a necessary outing with an excursion with your dog to Lowes Home Improvement Store. At Lowes, you and Fido can walk the aisleways in the store's warm interior while you pick up a few supplies. It's a great way to get some exercise even if the day outside is too cold. Lowes Home Improvement stores welcome canines of all sizes.
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Practice socialization
Before heading out to a big box location like Lowes where there may be a lot of people and noise, practice in smaller shops. Allow your dog to get used to the sights and sounds of a commercial establishment and then go ahead and give Lowes a try. Keep your pet on a leash at all times, being aware of other customers in the store. Putting your pup in the cart is an option if they are small; some store locations even have shopping carts with padding for your dog's comfort.
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Walking the aisles
If you feel that your pup is ready to try out shopping in a large store, call your local Lowes to ensure that they have the pet-friendly policy. Once there, keep your pooch under control when walking the aisle. Remember, only well-behaved dogs are allowed. The bright lights, strange people and possible machinery like forklifts may be overwhelming. Watch for indications of stress and be ready to leave if need be. However, chances are good that your pooch will enjoy the outing every bit as much as you do. Thinking of building a home agility course? This is just the store for supplies!
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Checking out
When you check out of the store don't be surprised if the store clerk offers your pooch a tasty dog biscuit. Lowes Home Improvement stores are typically very warm and welcoming when it comes to canine guests at their stores.
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Golden Spike Tower

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Cold Day
Moderate
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2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
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Water and Bowl
Activity description

The Golden Spike Tower is open year round, although during the height of winter their hours of operation do change. The attraction welcomes over 30,000 visitors per year. This site is the location where the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific met and drove the Golden Spike to open up the west to railway travel. If you are a railroad buff, you won't want to miss this attraction. It is exciting even if the weather is cold. Large dogs are allowed inside of the lobby and in the courtyard only. However, if you own a small dog, then you are welcome to carry your pooch throughout the entire attraction. Many owners also opt to use a small pet stroller for their dog. 

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Leash Up or Load Up
When you first arrive in the parking lot its time to leash up your pooch. If your dog willingly rides in a stroller, this may be a good choice. The grounds are very extensive - your pup may want to leave before you are ready if they are fatigued. Pack a snack, water and bowl to keep them hydrated and be sure to allow for pee breaks in an appropriate area.
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Touring the yard
The Bailey Yard manages 10,000 rail cars per day. This amounts to a lot of action that could make your dog uncomfortable. When touring the yard, keep them close by your side or safely in their doggy stroller. Be sure to use one of the doggy waste bags that are available at receptacles throughout the facility to clean up after your pet as needed. We want to be good ambassadors and respectful of those who do not have a dog.
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The lobby
The lobby, tower, and flag courtyard are worth exploring. When you enter the lobby keep your pooch close by your side. If you have a small dog then you can opt to carry them to the tower or ride in the elevator. Just be sure to keep them in your arms where they will feel safe and secure. If there are other dogs present, refrain from interacting. This venue is to be enjoyed by all and rambunctious dogs may spoil it for others. Make a stop at the dog park on the way home if your pal needs to burn off a little steam.
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Benson Brewery

The Benson Brewery in downtown Benson is a dog-friendly hotspot. It's a place where people and their canine companions are always welcome. The brewery even has its own mascot, a Labrador named Barley. In fact, one time Barley wandered off and became lost. The entire community of Benson and the Nebraska Humane Society worked together to find him. Luckily, the wandering canine was returned to his home. If the weather is halfway decent when you visit the Benson Brewery you will want to check out the 55 seat biergarten which has a water station just for dogs in addition to a ton of dog treats that the brewery makes from leftover grain, used in brewing their custom beers. 

Howlin' Hounds Coffee

If the weather is cold, you might want to grab a warming cup of java with your four-legged fur buddy. At the Howlin' Hounds Coffee in Omaha, all dogs are welcome. The entire facility is canine and coffee oriented. It is a popular spot for many dog owners in the area. The small coffeehouse is a great place to gather with other dog-lovers to exchange stories and make friends. Fido is welcome to have a cool refreshing drink of water and a dog treat while you sip your warm, invigorating coffee. When visiting Howlin' Hounds Coffee just be sure your canine sidekick is on a leash and remains well-mannered.

Conclusion

Nebraska is a dog-friendly state where you are sure to find ample adventures even on a cold day. The state is a lovely location where all four seasons are readily experienced. Some days in autumn or spring might be cold and the winters tend to be frigid. However, despite the often blustery weather, there remain ample opportunities to get out and enjoy adventures with your four-legged companion. If you decide to head to what you perceive to be a pet-friendly establishment, just always check to make sure that their policy has not changed because some businesses will welcome pets and then discontinue the practice.