Activities For Dogs In Snow

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Introduction

Are the bells jingling yet? Have you finally dusted off your snowshoes? Do hot cocoa and a warm blanket sound better than ever? If so, then, as the Westeros folks say, the winter is coming. Now, even though it is getting snowy, even though the traffic is probably not in the best state right now, and even though you’d rather just stay in all day, there is probably one fuzzy creature that can get you to forget all the hardships of the winter – your amazing, loving, overall awesome doggo! Having fun in the snow will probably be your pup’s favorite part of this winter and having you by their side will make the experience even greater! You will learn how to keep your best friend entertained and safe in the cold, cold winter, at the end of which your bond will be even stronger than before. And hey, you will be their synonym for fun!

Skijoring

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Cold Day
Expensive
Hard
2 hrs
Items needed
skis
winter gear
harness
musher’s wax (optional)
Activity description

If you are an avid skier and your dog is a fan of running, why not try skijoring? Don’t let the strange word scare you, skijoring is actually a favorite activity of many dog lovers in the world, especially those who live in non-urban areas. Next time you go for a walk, why not make it a run? Utilize all the goodness that Mother Nature has given you, and actually go on that trekking path you always wanted! All you will need is a bit of preparation, and you will gain a lot. Both you and your dog will get plenty of exercise, raise your serotonin levels, and have an adventurous day in the nature with your best furry friend.

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Get your equipment
If you don’t already own them, you’ll have to purchase skis and some basic winter gear for yourself, and a good quality harness for your dog. For the experienced cross-country skiers, this step is omittable, but the rest of us will most likely have to make a small investment up front. Find a safe path. Make sure to find an already established path in the great outdoors. Do not be a hero and discover new continents here, you will risk getting lost in the snow, and if you’ve seen Lord of the Rings, getting stuck in snow is not fun! Safety first, for both your and your dog’s sake. Ask around the town or even visit the trekking club and consult with the professionals who can even give you maps and helpful tips.
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Prepare
Before you venture onto your skijoring adventure, make sure that you actually know how to do cross-country skiing. It cannot hurt to have a lesson or two, just to be safe and know that you will not fall flat on your face or hurt your beloved dog with your skis. If your dog gets cold feet (not the marriage kind, the literal kind), use a bit of musher’s wax on their paws to keep them from getting cold.
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Connect and run
Tethering yourself and your dog with a good harness is not that hard. Just make sure that the leash on the harness is long enough so your skis and your doggo’s hind legs don’t bump when you’re adventuring in nature. Aim for at least 2 meters, or more if your skis are longer in the front. Once you are connected, it is time to start having fun in the snow! Cross-country skiing with a little pull from your pup is both interesting and a great way to exercise those lazy winter muscles.
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Scavenger Hunt

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Cold Day
Cheap
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
dog treats
tennis balls
toys
Activity description

Dogs are naturally very good at finding things due to their keen sense of smell, their sharp hearing, and their great eyesight. Train that cute nose by having an exciting scavenger hunt in the snow! Not only will your dog exercise those super senses, they will also get quite a bit of exercise at the same time! If your best friend is already a fan of these games, which most dogs already are, it can be a great way to reward their detective skills by hiding snacks or toys around your backyard! Even better, have a doggo-scavenger party with other dog lovers you know. Make some friends and play some games – the winter will never be boring or sad again!

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Get supplies
If you are lucky enough to have your own backyard, hiding dog treats and your dog’s favorite toys are the way to go. If you are using a public park, try sticking with tennis balls and other inexpensive items. Other dog owners might not be too happy if their pup finds a stray treat that you left there, so best to avoid food in public places.
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Hide the items around your backyard
Not only will you get some exercise doing this, it will also be so much fun watching your dog trying to sniff the things you hid later on. You can get very creative here, bury some in the snow, hide some of them behind a big tree, dig a small hole in the ground and place goodies there – the options are endless!
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Release the Kraken!
Let your dog loose and have them search for all the trinkets you hid. Your pup will sniff around, dig in the snow, run around, and be proud of the items it finds. Having an occasional treat will only make the game more interesting for them! Oh, and if they are really named Kraken – congratulations, you are awesome!
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Snowball Fetch

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Cold Day
Free
Normal
20 min
Items needed
jacket for your dog (optional)
gloves
Activity description

Whether your dog is energetic or lazy, they will love playing fetch! It is an inexpensive way to entertain your four-legged friend (and yourself) and even get some exercise minutes in your daily lives. Keeping your dog active in the winter months will prevent weight gain, muscle atrophy, and depression, and make that order double, as you will also avoid the perils of winter blues if you keep moving. The game itself is pretty self-explanatory, but what is special about this version is that instead of a ball, frisbee, or any other toy, you will use nature’s ball – a snowball! The fun thing about this one is that your dog will have a good time searching for the exact ball of snow in the already snow-covered park and that they will sharpen their senses by paying close attention to the exact one you are throwing. To make things easier for them, you can stick pieces of leftover dried up leaves in your snowball of choice, making the ball easier to find in the white rhapsody around you. Snowball Fetch is very inexpensive, as all you will need is gloves – so your hands don’t freeze, a jacket for your dog – if they need it, and most importantly – all the free snow nature provides you with!

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Off the couch
Find a dog-friendly snow-covered park. Asking other fellow dog-owners if you are new to the neighborhood for the best parks with a lot of running space is a good way to first, find the information you need, and second, to make new friends, for yourself and for your pup.
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Learn how to make good snowballs
The best way to do this is to have good snow, but, if you were cursed with loose, dry snow this year, worry not! You can bring a bottle of water with you and just apply a few drops to your half-formed snowball to make it coagulate better and form a nice shape.
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Have fun!
Throw snowball after snowball and have your dog chase them and attempt to bring them back. This is a good way to feel in control when you are playing fetch, as it is usually your dog’s decision if they want to bring the fetched item back. If your pup was a child, you’d be teaching them a valuable lesson that not everything will go their way, but, in this scenario, your doggo and you will just have loads of fun. You – watching them run around through the snow with their cute little paws and their snow-covered noses, and they – figuring out just why that ball keeps disappearing!
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Interval Walk

Spice up your regular walks with a little cardio. Instead of just walking at a steady pace, make slight variations. Try speed walking for 20 seconds, jogging for another twenty, do a little shuffle in the snow, walk slowly for a minute, lather, rinse, repeat. Your pup will love the change of pace and try to keep up with you.

Capture the Branch

Grab your friend by the hand, bring your pup along, and have a twist on capture the flag game. Find a decent sized piece of wood, perhaps a piece of a tree branch, and have yourself a little competition. Place the item at least 10 meters away from everyone and on three try to grab it first. You will run, you will trip, you will run some more when you do capture the “flag”, trying to escape the other contestants, one of which has two more legs than you. Great, fun activity that exercises the muscles and the brain at the same time.

Conclusion

Anything is paw-sible with your best friend by your side! The winter months do not have to be the time of lounging around and gaining the inches around your waists. Having a bit of fun in the snow never killed anybody, but it did make their dog love them more! So, put down that cup of tea and put on the winter jacket, and go have a fun day outside with your beloved doggo.