If taking your pup to the local dog park has been a staple of your summer routine, then you may be wondering what the heck you’re gonna do with that doggo this winter.
Luckily, there are lots of great activities you and your dog can do outside – including continuing to visit the local dog parks just like you did in the summer and fall.
Here’s a quick look at a few other things you may want to do with your pup when the weather turns colder.
1. Sledding with your dog
I know this one sounds kind of crazy, but hear me out – dogs love to play in the snow and go sledding with you.
All you need to do is make sure that your sled has room for the both of you.
And don’t forget the waterproof snow boots for your doggie’s feet – definitely don’t want him to get too cold out there having fun in the snow.
Also, if you have a dog with short hair, then you may also need to put a cute little sweater on the pup to keep him warm out in the cold.
2. Snowshoeing with your dog
If you’ve ever gone snowshoeing in the past, then you already know how fun this winter activity is.
And yes, you can even take your dog snowshoeing with you!
But you to need to make sure that wherever it is that you plan to snowshoe that dogs are actually allowed on the trail.
Otherwise, have fun and don’t forget the waterproof snow boots for your pup’s feet.
3. Winter hiking with your dog
Just like with snowshoeing, winter hiking is another great outdoor winter activity you can do with your dog.
Winter hiking with your dog is really no different than solo winter hiking, expect that you have your best friend with you (and you need to think about his needs).
For the best time getting in some winter hiking with your dog, remember to bring enough water to keep your dog hydrated and don’t forget the waterproof snow boots for your dog’s feet.
4. Try skijoring with your dog
Hands down the most fun winter activity that you’ve never heard of, Skijoring is a cross between cross-country skiing and dog sledding.
That’s right, you can only have this winter fun when you are a dog owner.
According to Rover, here’s how to go skijoring:
Put a harness on your dog, clip into your skis and glide across the snow as your dog runs up ahead. As you can imagine, skijoring is better suited for medium to large athletic dogs.
Before you head out for this fun, remember to protect your dog’s paws with those waterproof snow booties for him.
5. Play fetch in the snow
Yup, you can play fetch with your dog in the snow just like you can when the ground is not covered in snow.
The trick here is to make sure you have a brightly colored ball for your dog to fetch so that it is easy to locate in the snowy landscape.
For the best time getting in some quality time playing fetch with your dog in the snow, remember to bring enough water to keep your dog hydrated and don’t forget the waterproof snow boots for your dog’s feet.
Otherwise, this is just like your normal games of playing fetch.
As you can see, there is a lot of fun to be had outdoors with your dog in the winter.
Even if it is snowing, you can still have a good and active time playing with your pup outside in the colder months.
But do keep in mind that not all dog breeds are made for playing outside in the cold, winter months.
Though, your pittie should be fine with any winter fun that you come up with.