When the temperature starts to drop and the snow starts to fall, it is a sign that, as the Game of Thrones saying goes, “winter is coming”. During this season, a lot of people just want to relax and enjoy their time indoors. While that sounds like a cozy idea, you should not forget about your big, furry friend. Your dog is in need of regular stimulation and exercise, regardless of the season. Therefore, you shouldn’t let the snow become a hindrance to your dog’s exercise and play time, especially for a large pooch who needs to workout a lot. Fortunately, there are lot of outdoor activities that you and your dog can enjoy even with all that snow.
Skijoring is a new and trendy snow activity for owners and dogs. Derived from the Norwegian word which means “ski driving”, this sport involves a person wearing skis being pulled by either a motor vehicle or an animal, such as dogs and horses. Dog owners who love the outdoors and winter season will surely enjoy this sport. Not only is it a good way to have your dog use up some energy, it is also a fun and exciting way to spend some time together. The price for this activity can range from moderate to expensive. Having a large dog when skijoring is an advantage as well, because your dog will have more strength to pull you.
Dogs have an impressive sense of smell and it is arguably the sense that they use most. They use it to sniff food, things, and even humans. Why not make good use of your dog’s nose and put it to the test with a winter scavenger hunt? Snow can be used as a great hiding place for different items and the presence of snow makes the game more challenging. The best part about this game is that you need not go far to play; all you have to do is go out of your house and use the outdoors as your very own playground.
Who says you cannot burn some calories during the winter time? Getting a good workout may be challenging in the cold weather, but it is possible. One of the best ways to do it is through interval training. This type of training refers to short but intense periods of exercises, such as sprints. Interval training can be beneficial not only for you but for your large, active dog. What’s good about this exercise is it can be done in a short amount of time and can greatly improve your overall fitness and stamina. Your furry friend will also benefit from the exercise as it can improve your dog’s health.
The winter is the only time to play snowball fetch, so take advantage of it. Basically, this is just like the classic game of fetch but instead of the usual toy or sticks, owners will throw snowballs. Simply make a snowball and throw it far away and watch your dog try to “fetch” the snowball. It will be entertaining to watch your dog try and retrieve the snowball for you.
Large dogs seem to have an affinity for snow. If you live in an area which experiences a lot of snow in the winter, you can let your dog have some fun through snowshoeing. A snowshoe is footwear used to walk over snow and lets the wearer “float” over the snow. By gearing yourself and your dog up with some snowshoes, you can go for walks or even a hike despite the mountains of snow.
The winter season should not be an excuse to stay indoors and laze away in the couch. Use this time as an opportunity to bond with your dog while still remaining active. Dogs, just like children, are curious about the snow. Thus, by doing these given activities, you can let your dog enjoy the outdoors and the snow.