Activities For Dogs In Wyoming On Cold Days

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Introduction

Winter is one of those seasons that people either love or hate. On one hand, there are specific activities that can only be done and enjoyed during the cold season. On the other hand, the weather and climate can be really troublesome. If you are part of the latter, what you can do is try to make the most out of the cold months by going on a trip with your dog. Wyoming is among the most popular winter destinations in the entire United States. The state is made for snow and the cold and offers a lot of potential dog-friendly activities that can be enjoyed by residents, tourists and their furry buddies.

Beach Trip

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Cold Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Doggy Waste Bags
Leash
Activity description

Beach during the winter season? Yes, you read that right. While the beach is known to be a destination during hot, summer days, it is also a good place to go during the cold season. In fact, beaches can be quite a sight to behold during the winter, when the shore is covered in snow and the water looks icy. What’s more, winter months are considered the low season, meaning there will not be much of a crowd during your visit. Wyoming may not be the top destination for the most popular beaches but it does not mean the state does not have some picturesque beaches to boast. 

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Choose a beach or two
In Wyoming, it is not that difficult to find a beach or state park which allow patrons to bring their dogs. Rules regarding keeping dogs on a leash are usually disregarded during the winter because of low season. You can easily find one by searching online for top dog-friendly beaches and spots within the state.
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Check out your chosen spots
Once you have made your choice, go on and explore these places. Some of the popular options for dogs and their owners include the Morad Park, which features an off-leash dog area for dogs. There’s also the Beck Lake Bark Park, which is a lakeside property that is very dog-friendly. Just make sure to watch over your dog carefully and to follow all the rules implemented at each destination.
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Sledding

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Cold Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Sled
Harness
Activity description

Sledding is one of those activities that you can only do during the winter season, when there is an abundance of snow. Luckily, the state of Wyoming gets really snowy during the winter, which presents a lot of opportunity for some dog sledding. This activity brings you back to your childhood days, when you did not have a care in the world as you went on a crazy downhill ride on your sled. You can relive these moments with your dog by doing some dog sledding, which is similar to conventional sledding but with a little assistance from your dog. 

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Choose a place for sledding
What is good about sledding is that it not only is a fun activity for you and your dog, it can also be done practically anywhere as long as there’s snow. You can go to a nearby park, a downhill pathway or even a sledding hill. For more challenge, you may even choose a ski resort or mountain, although you have to find out if they will allow you to go on your own with your dog.
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Prepare your gear
After you have picked a spot, bring your gear and head to where you would like to go dog sledding. If you do not have a sled, you can either buy or rent one from a shop. Also, make sure to use a harness for your dog. Using just a collar and leash can be extremely painful and potentially dangerous for your dog. By using a harness, dogs get to use their entire body to pull your weight and not just their necks.
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Go sledding
Once everything is set up and your dog is suited up and attached to the sled, get your dog running by saying “Go!”, “Run!” or other commands that you use on your dog. Make sure that your dog has a good grasp of other commands such as “stop” in case they are running too fast or if there is an obstacle or person ahead. After each sled run, make sure to stop and rest before starting all over again.
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Hotel Stay

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Cold Day
Expensive
Easy
24 - 48 hrs
Items needed
Dog Food and Bowl
Leash
Activity description

Even though outdoor winter activities are fun and exciting, there is also some pleasure to be had in relaxing indoors and enjoying the heat. Luckily, when in Wyoming, you can do a little bit of both. Because the state is known as one of the country’s top winter holiday destinations, it is no surprise that there is a great number of accommodations across the state. Also, since Wyoming is generally a dog-loving state and is accustomed to having visitors and their dogs, most of these accommodations are welcoming towards canines. Prices of these hotels range from cheap to expensive, depending on the location, services offered and several other factors. 

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Pick a dog-friendly accommodation
Wyoming has a number of dog-friendly accommodations where you and your dog can stay in while in the state. Your choice will depend on some factors, including services that you are looking for, facilities, and budget. By taking these into consideration, you will be able to narrow down your options and pick the perfect hotel for your staycation.
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Confirm your booking
When you have made a choice, call or email the hotel to find out if there are any vacancies. Remember, the more popular the hotel, the higher the likelihood of them being fully booked, especially during the peak winter season. Renowned hotels such as the Snow King Resort Hotel in Jackson Hole can become fully booked ahead of time so be sure to make reservations as early as possible.
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Enjoy your staycation
Once bookings are confirmed and all the necessary arrangements have been made, all you have to do is show up on the date of your stay. Try out the facilities being offered by your hotel and find out if there are any tours or activities that you and your dog can participate in.
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Play Scavenger Hunt

The thick snow is one of the best places to hide things, making winter a great time to play scavenger hunt. To put your dog’s tracking skill to the test, choose a toy or treat and hide it all over the snow. Let your dog use scent in order to find your hidden treats. This mental game also doubles as a form of exercise for your pooch. 

Go Shopping

Wyoming, particularly in the Jackson Hole area, has numerous pet stores and specialty shops for you to visit with your dog. Places such as Teton Tails, Pet Place Plus, Pet Supply and Jackson Hole Feed are some stores that you can check out. You can bring your dog with you to these shops as long as they are on a leash. 

Conclusion

When it comes to winter-related activities, Wyoming is definitely on top of the list of places to go to in the country. What’s more exciting for dog owners is that there is a myriad of dog-friendly activities which they can enjoy with their furry friends. If you want to have an unforgettable moment with your pooch this cold season, Wyoming is surely worth the trip.