People look forward to winter because it is the period where they can have different kinds of fun with friends and family. Snow fun can only be had and enjoyed at the winter time of the year. The dog is ‘man’s best friend’ and it is also a part of the family, so it is important to think of ways to have fun with your dog as you plan the fun activities for yourself, your friends, and your family.
However, before you take your dog out in the snow, take the following into consideration:
Smaller dogs are closer to the ground and they have fewer fat reserves to conserve their body heat, therefore they get cold faster than bigger dogs. The bigger your dog, the more it can cope and play for a long time in cold weather.
Some dog breeds are resistant to cold, so if you check your dog’s coat and discover it has a double-coat, then your dog is a cold-resistant breed. Lucky dog! Lucky you!
If your dog is short haired, buy it a sweater to give it more protection from cold.
Fun in the snow is not for you and your dog if your dog is aged. You should always keep your old dog warm at all times.
Snow can get stuck in between your dog’s pads, causing discomfort and cuts to your dog. If you plan on playing with your dog in the snow for a long time, consider ways to protect their feet such as booties.
If you enjoy going on a long walk, taking your dog with you will not be a bad idea. However, buy your dog booties to protect their paws. Also, make sure your dog does not get in contact with frozen water.
Dogs like to run and catch things. Rolling snow into a ball and throwing it for your dog to catch is a fun activity you can have with your dog in the snow. They will be delighted by the ways the snow falls apart as they try to catch it.
Cross Country Skiing
If you have a dog that likes to run, then cross-country skiing will be a good way to have fun with it in the snow.
Skijoring is a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, a dog or a motor vehicle; however, people prefer dogs for skijoring. The dogs provide power by running and pulling, and the skier guides them with their voice instructions. Dogs used for skijoring are dogs that have the required strength, body weight, speed, size, endurance, and energy. These are the reasons why skijoring can only be done with big dogs.
A walk through the snow-covered street
You and your dog can enjoy outdoor fun in a blanket of white snow covering the yards and trees. Don’t skip taking photos of your puppy in the snow!
A game of fetch
Dogs love playing and fetch is one of the best ideas to have fun with your dog especially in the snow. It will be a lot of fun for both of you.