You look out your window and all you see is white- it snowed! Or maybe you just see that the temperature outside is freeeezing. While your first thought may be that your pup may have to stay inside all day, this is absolutely not the case! There are many activities you can do with your dog in the snow and cold. In fact, many dogs love the snow and chilly weather! A new environment to play in can be fantastic for their playful spirit. This guide will give you several activities you and your dog can do in the snow and cold. Winter weather won't stop your pooch so get out there with them too! Put your boots and snow pants on and get ready to head outside!
If you have heard of the Iditarod then you are familiar with dogs pulling sleds. Dogs pulling sleds through the snow is a long tradition in climates where snow is commonly on the ground. While certain breeds of dogs are better at pulling sleds (Huskies are the most common sled pullers), almost any dog will get a good work out with this activity. Keep in mind the size of your dog as you load up a sled behind them- you don't want to injure your pup or give them more than they can handle. Start off with an easy sled with little to no weight and then work your way up until your dog is able to pull you!
If you dogs likes treats (like almost every dog ever…) then they will be sure to love this game! Hiding treats in the cold is a fun way to get your dog leaping and jumping through the snow or running in the cold, using their nose to find the hidden surprise. Cold weather can actually make it harder for a dog to find a treat as the cold air can mask some smells. This game can be as long or short as you like but will definitely get your dog excited to go outside. This is also a good way to train a dog who is wary of the snow to enjoy it. Make sure the treats you hide smell nice and strong so that your pup is sure to find them!
If you have a pup who loves to play fetch then your dog will definitely love snowball fetch! The only difference between regular fetch and snowball fetch is, you guessed it, the ball is made of snow! What makes this activity so much fun is that occasionally, the ball you throw for your pooch will disappear…oh no! Watch your dog as they dig in the snow, frantically trying to find the snow ball. When you (and your pup) have searched for the missing ball enough, you can quickly create a new snowball and surprise your pup when the ball is magically back in your hand! Throw the snowball once more and the game starts all over again.
Give your pup a total makeover while you stay nice and warm inside. Brush their coat, file their nails and even treat your pup to a nice warm bubble bath or full body massage. Pamper that pup! The spa day can end with a nice cuddle by the fire and a fresh bowl of water.
Just because it is cold does not mean you have to be inside all day and skip your daily run. Go for a run with your pup as you normally would just proceed with caution as the roads may be slippery. Watch out for salty roads however, as salt may hurt your pups paws.
Invite another dog over to play in the cold with your pooch. Chilly weather can be invigorating, exciting and new and can get a dog geared up to play. Two dogs wrestling and chasing each other in the cold is a great way for them to warm up.
A chilly day definitely does not mean you will be stuck inside with a bored pup. You will have a lot of fun with your dog outside in the snow and cold if you are prepared. This list is the perfect place to start to get more ideas for chilly weather so the winter doesn't have to be as dreadful. Don't dread the cold any longer - it won't be ruff it'll be pawesome!