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Winters can be fun- there’s the snowfall, the hot cocoa, and of course, the holiday season. But, it isn’t just the humans who find winters exciting. Even our furry little friends love winter and they have no qualms about showing it. However, as a sensible pet owner, you cannot let your dog out in the snow for more than a few minutes. There are obvious reasons for that
Instead follow these helpful suggestions to make winter as fun as possible for your faithful friend.
Try Indoor activities
It’s wise to stay indoors, especially during heavy snowfall. However, do not let that hamper your fun. Use the “indoors time” to teach your dog a trick or two. If he or she is still a pup, you can use the time to train him/her. Also, keep your sessions short, about 5 to ten minutes each. Anything beyond this will cause your dog to lose attention. Small, multiple sessions are more fun and more effective.
Go for short, brisk walks
It’s okay for your dog to go on a long walk when the weather’s more pleasant. However, that’s not going to be possible during peak winter. But, your dog still needs the exercise. So, the best solution here is to go for short and brisk walks. But, don’t keep your dog protected while doing so. Try to cover him/her with a sweater. Also, don’t forget the paws. There are protective paw coatings and booties that are available in the market. So, try getting a set. Your dog can catch a cold if he/she is exposed to such extreme weather. So, make sure that your dog is insulated from nose to tail. However, if he/she feels uncomfortable, don’t force the clothing. Start off by making him/her wear the sweater or coat for a few minutes every day, inside the house. If that still doesn’t work, just let him/her be.
Watch out for chemicals
In case you did not know, roads and sidewalks are treated with chemicals to prevent freezing. These chemicals can be very toxic. So, make sure you have your dog’s paws cleaned thoroughly after a walk outside. You don’t want him/her licking her paws and ingesting all that toxic stuff. Also, when salting your own driveway and other areas, make sure you use a pet-friendly product.
Despite the restrictions during this season, you can still make the most of your time on outdoor walks. For example you could include a few games to make your little one run around a bit and get all the exercise he/she can during that short span of time. For example, you can bury your dog’s favorite toy in the snow and ask him/her to find it.