Activities For Dogs In Oklahoma On Cold Days

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Introduction

Both you and your dog love to be outdoors together; however, on a cold day in Oklahoma, you may struggle to participate in your usual outside activities. After all, neither you nor your dog particularly wants to be cold. As you encounter those cold days it is important for you to have some ideas of how you and your pup can spend time together; after all both of you will still require some exercise! Fortunately, there are many ways that you and your pup can occupy yourselves in the state. Not only will you keep busy, but you will have a lot of fun!

Admiral Twin Drive-In

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Cold Day
Moderate
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Waste Bags
Activity description
On a cold day, your dog will be happy to keep you warm by cuddling up with you. While watching movies on your couch with your pup may sound appealing on cold days, you and your pup can get out of the house, see some movies and cuddle...in your car! Located in Tulsa, Admiral Twin Drive-In is the largest twin screen drive-in in the state, with the capacity for 1500 cars. Enjoy seeing movies in your car WITH your canine companion! Make sure to bring your dog's leash; they may need to exit the car for a walk or a potty break!
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Pick your movie
If it sounds fun to you to engage in a fun activity from the past with your pup by visiting Admiral Twin Drive-In, the first thing to do is check on the movies that are playing along with the show times. Information is available on their website. Once you are familiar with the movies that will be shown (and what time) you can choose a movie that interests you at a time that works for you and your pup.
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Cozy items
It is likely that you won't need much for a trip to the Admiral Twin Drive In with your pup. A leash will be important to have as well as some treats for your pup. You might consider bringing other items just because they will be fun to have. For example, since it is cold out, bring along a blanket that you and your pup can snuggle under. Your pooch will love being warm and cozy with their person!
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Experience the fun
Once you have what you need, you and your pup can attend the drive-in and have fun together! In regards to this event, It is less about the particular movie that you are going to see and more about the experience. Visiting the Admiral Twin Drive-In is something different to do that you and your pup may never have had the opportunity to engage in. You might find that you want to make it a regular activity!
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Dog Park Layer Up

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Cold Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Water and Bowl
Treats
Activity description
Just because it is chilly does not mean that trips to the dog park are out of the question. Oklahoma offers plenty of dog parks to explore; from Wiggly Field Dog Park in Del City to Norman Community Dog Park in Norman, there is somewhere for your pup to play, no matter the weather. On a cold day, you can layer up so that you can stay warm; make sure to add a hat and gloves as well. Another way to keep warm while your pooch plays is to bring along a warm drink, like coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Also, avoid the colder times of day like early mornings and late evenings.
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Plenty of parks
If you think you can gear up in order to spend some time with your pup at a dog park on a cold day, first decide which park you would like to visit. A big factor in your decision will be where you are in Oklahoma. Fortunately, the state has dog parks throughout, meaning you should not have difficulty finding one to visit that is nearby. If you don't have a particular dog park in mind, you can easily search online for dog parks near you to visit.
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Layer up for comfort
What you will need will depend in part on the temperature. Dressing in layers is recommended; that way if the weather warms up, you can remove a layer and remain comfortable. A turtleneck and a fleece make excellent layers. Wear one under your coat to keep you warm despite cool temperatures. Gloves and a hat are also helpful; cold hands will lead to your feeling cold all over. Add a scarf for extra warmth. You may find that you feel nice and toasty and happy to stay outdoors with your pup at the dog park. Still worried? Bring along some hand warmers and a hot drink! You can put booties on your dog, too so that they are not feeling the cold either.
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Energy expenditure
Once you are dressed warmly and have a hot drink to bring with you, it is time for you and your dog to have some fun. Head on over to the dog park and let your pooch do their thing. They will likely warm up pretty quickly as they expend their energy. Sit back, relax and watch them play, Remember, because you are well-prepared, the cold weather won't bother you much!
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Indoor Agility

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Cold Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
PVC Pipe
Hula Hoop
Kids Tunnel
Treats
Activity description
Agility activities are a great way to help your pup get their energy out. While you may not be enthusiastic about engaging in agility activities with your pup outdoors when it is cold outside, bringing them indoors will work just as well. You may have activities you are already working on with your pup that can be worked on inside your house; you can also dream up a new activity or two to work on with your pup. Agility will meet your pup's activity needs and allow for you and your pup to spend quality time together, further increasing the bond you have with one another!
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Think of possibilities
To get started, you will need an agility activity or two to work on with your pup. If agility activities have been something you have been working on with your pooch, you can focus on activities that you have been working on already in order to perfect them, or choose a new activity to conquer. There are great ideas online for possible activities that can be fun for your canine buddy. When investigating possibilities, keep in mind that your dog will be engaged in the activities indoors. This means you will want to keep your indoor space in mind as you choose the best options.
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Supply list
Once you know which activities you would like to work on, put together a supply list. Let's say that you want to work on jumps with your pup. A hula hoop can be used for these, as well as PVC pipe. Another fun agility activity for your busy buddy is to run through a tunnel; a kiddie tunnel is a great option for this. Whichever activities you plan to work on with your pup, make sure you have the items set up and ready to go. Of course, you will also want treats available as well so that you can reward your pup for their efforts!
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A simple start
Now it is time for you and your pup to have some fun! When beginning to work on an agility activity, start simple. This will ensure that your dog does not get discouraged. Each time your pup achieves the small challenge you have set, reward them with a treat and increase the difficulty of the obstacle. It is best that you remain patient and let your pooch work at their own pace, so that agility activities are fun for your pup (and for you).
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More Fun Ideas...

Play Hide And Seek

Hide and seek can be a lot of fun to play with your pup. If you have played it together, you likely have done so outside. When the weather is cold, you and your canine pal can bring the game indoors! Play as you would outside; tell your dog to "stay" and then go and hide. When you call for your pup, they can seek you out. If your pup struggles with the command "stay", this is something that you can work on first. A friend can also hold your pup's collar to give you the opportunity hide. Add to the challenge by having several people hide at the same time or by hiding one of your pup's favorite toys!

Tractor Supply Company

Speaking of shopping, Tractor Supply Company is another place worth checking out with your pup on a cold day. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, it is likely that there is a store near you. Tractor Supply Company offers farm supplies, pet and animal feed and supplies, clothing, tools, fencing and plenty more. You may have a need that you have been procrastinating purchasing and a cold day is just the time to get that particular item. Or, you and your pup can simply roam the store, getting ideas for future purchases. Make sure to check online to find out the opening and closing times for the location you plan to visit. 

Southern Agriculture in Owassa

Located in Owassa, Southern Agriculture offers pet and animal supplies; in fact, the store is dedicated to the health and well-being of pets. The store sells feed, medications, pet-related gifts and many other items. The store is happy to welcome canine customers with their humans as long as they are leashed. A cold day is just the time to check out Southern Agriculture; both you and your pooch can remain warm while exploring all that the store has to offer. Check out the store's hours online to make sure that you arrive with enough time to browse around!

Conclusion

While you may have dreaded cold days in Oklahoma in the past, wondering how you were going to occupy your pup, you no longer need to worry. Options abound for helping your pup meet their activity requirements when the weather is chilly and each activity will be a great opportunity for you and your pooch to spend time with one another, further developing your relationship. As temperatures drop, consider it an opportunity to try new things...or to bring favorite activities indoors. Before you know it, you and your canine companion may actually start looking forward to cooler weather...