The weather here in the UK has officially turned. The trees are bare of leaves, it is dark by 4:00pm, and there is frost on the ground. Our hats, gloves and scarfs have made their way out of the wardrobe, and t-shirts, shorts and sunglasses seem a distant memory… Winter is here.
Keeping yourself and your four-legged companion entertained throughout the wintery months isn’t always easy. Heading out in the warm summer sun, for hours on end, isn’t really doable in winter. But don’t worry, here are our 5 top things to do with your dog this winter, to keep you both entertained.
Take advantage of the crisp winter air and go for a hike with your dog. Many dogs love the snow, so find a local trail or park with snow-covered paths. Ensure your dog is appropriately dressed for the weather, especially if it's very cold. This activity will give your furry friend both physical exercise and mental stimulation.
If you're fortunate enough to have snow in your area, embrace it for some playful activities. Dogs often enjoy running and playing in the snow. You can engage in a friendly game of fetch, build a snow obstacle course, or even make a snowman together. Just be cautious of the cold and ensure your dog doesn't stay out for too long.
Winter Dog Sports:
Try out winter-specific dog sports, such as skijoring or canine cross-country skiing. Skijoring involves your dog pulling you on skis, and it can be a thrilling and energising activity for both of you. Make sure your dog is comfortable with the equipment and start with short sessions.
Indoor Training and Games:
On extremely cold days, or if the weather is too harsh for outdoor activities, focus on indoor training and games. Teach your dog new tricks, work on obedience commands, or engage in interactive indoor games like hide and seek with their favourite toys or treats. Mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise.
Winter Dog-friendly Events:
Check if there are any dog-friendly winter events or festivals happening in your area. Some communities organise winter activities specifically for dogs and their owners, such as winter parades, canine costume contests, or even dog-friendly holiday markets. It's a great way to socialise your dog and meet other pet owners.Remember, whatever activities you choose, prioritise your dog's safety and well-being. Ensure they are comfortable with the winter gear, monitor them for signs of cold stress, and adjust activities based on their energy levels and preferences.