Caring for a pet is not any different than caring for a child. However, they might feel like lower maintenance in most ways, but there are key similarities. You must always feed them, play with them, give them love and attention, and take them for health check-ups to ensure keeping them healthy and happy. Along with food and water, exercise is by far the most important thing for your dogs. Even if you live in USA, Canada, UK like us, the weather temperate isn’t a good excuse for procrastinating going for dog walks during the winter months.
Take your dog for walks
Despite rain, snow, sleet, and ice, it is important to take your pup outside for a little cardio. Simply walking down the street (if that’s as far as you can make it) will be better than nothing for their little hearts, lungs, joints, and bones. Be sure to dress both of you accordingly— dog jackets and booties are not just for people who like accessorizing, but often necessary to protect your dog from the elements. If your neighborhood is heavily salted and your dog refuses paw-wear, be mindful of where they are stepping and wash them off afterward.
Take your dog to the park
Even during colder months time spent at the dog park is also enjoyable. Parks (especially dog parks) allow them more space and freedom to run around and play, which is the best fun your dog can have socializing and playing with other dogs. These outdoor dog activities are necessary to keep your dog happy throughout the long grey and gloomy months from November through March. A ball is recommended for a game of fetch the ball and keep in mind to wear proper footwear so you can keep up and run around with them. It’s important to note that if there are other “excited” pups are there at the same time, be careful they’re not overexerting or roughhousing a lot.
Play with your dog indoors
There will be some terrible days throughout the winter where Abel or Pinky should only be let out quickly just to do their “business” and come right back in the house. Whenever that occurs, you usually find yourself spending the entire time snuggling with your dog on the couch. However, in between naps remember to grab their favorite toys to encourage some playful and fun activity. If your dog is not playful, try enticing her or him to move around with a treat in your hands, using a food toy or a food puzzle that will encourage them to stay active and entertained a keep them from lying down.
Always keep in mind that dogs are exactly like humans in so many ways. Cold winter weather conditions can make pets and owners feel down, always keep your pet’s mental and physical states in good spirits by encouraging activity each and every day. You can always enjoy a little tv and snooze together after your daily indoors or outdoors dog exercises. If you planning a mid-winter getaway with your dog, contact us to assist you with your travel arrangements!