Winter is a beautiful time of year, but we often lack both the energy and the will to go out in the snow and cold. However, our four-legged friends do not share our feelings. All they know is that they want to run, jump and play, no matter what the season. This can make it difficult to keep your dog active and stimulated during the cold winter months. So in today’s article we will give you some tips and advice on good winter activities for your dog.
These tips can be useful whether you live in a climate where winters are cold or in a more temperate area. After all, there are actually rainy days even in tropical climates.
Winter activities for your dog
Just because it’s cold does not mean you can not go outdoors. So if you often get snow where you live, put on your winter jacket, make sure your dog is warm enough, and go out and play. Dogs love the snow. They see it as a huge playground where they can explore and invent new adventures.
Therefore, buy a small winter jacket for your dog, rub Vaseline on his paws to prevent them from cracking, and go out and enjoy the new layer of snow and frost. If you do not like running, you can simply take a relaxing walk. Just remember to put on your warm clothes!
Buy new toys
The best time to buy new toys is when your dog is bored. He will surely embrace them and play with them out of sheer curiosity, whether he likes them or not.
If you are lucky, your dog will play for himself for a longer period. You can buy some Kong dog toys for him that you can fill with food or sweets. Your dog has to work hard to get the food out which will keep him busy for several hours.
Book training courses
You will probably not train your dog as much in the winter as you normally do, no matter how hard you try. So if you have been thinking about taking your dog to a training course, there really is no better time of year to do it.
If you book a couple of training courses, your dog will have a good place to get rid of energy, exercise a bit and also learn how to behave at the same time.
Attend social events
Despite the cold, there is usually no shortage of winter festivals and markets that are actually perfect for dogs. Bring your dog and see how he enjoys the wave of new scents, colors and people.
Teach your dog new tricks
This is a great way to counteract boredom – both yours and your dog’s. You can teach your dog to sit, shake, lie down, drop something he has in his mouth or something else that you feel for.
If your dog was bored before you decided to start teaching him new tricks, he will probably see it as a game. He will therefore be more inclined to pay attention.
Winter activities for your dog that keeps you indoors
There are lots of games that you can play in and around the house, such as hide and seek. You can hide and wait for your dog to find you. Or you can hide treats around the house to see how many your dog can find. You can even invite a friend and their dog home. That way, you can all spend a winter afternoon together.
As you can see, there are many winter activities that you and your dog can do together, even when the weather is at its worst. This is a good time of year to strengthen your dog’s leash.
Remember that it does not matter what time of year it is, your dog still needs plenty of exercise to stay happy and healthy.