Best winter activities for dogs

When the weather outside is frightful, for some dogs, being inside by the fire is anything but delightful. Certain breeds of dog, like Huskies, St. Bernards, Shiba Inu, and other longhaired and thick-coated breeds, are built for cold weather

If your dog isn’t built for cold weather you can still help them enjoy the winter season by getting your dog some cold weather gear like a jacket and boots. Depending on the climate where you live, and how long you plan on being outside, cold weather gear may even be necessary for dogs that enjoy being outdoors in cold weather.

Once your dog is geared up for winter adventures, you’re ready to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Here are a few of the best cold weather winter outdoor activities to participate in with your dog. 

Skijoring

If you like skiing, and your dog weighs at least 35 lbs., then skijoring is the activity for you. Skijoring is a fun outdoor winter activity that involves wearing a pair of skis and letting your dog run ahead of you attached to a line. Your dog’s movement, combined with the forward momentum of the skis, helps propel you at a faster speed. Just make sure both you and your dog are physically fit enough to participate in skijoring because it involves a lot of strenuous physical activity. 

Sledding

Even if you never plan on running the Iditarod, it can still be fun to train your dog to pull a sled. All it takes is an energetic, active dog weighing 30 lbs. or more, a few pieces of equipment, a whole lot of patience and training, and a few Freeze-Dried Treats thrown in as a reward and an extra boost of energy for your dog while you’re out on the trail. 

Hiking/Snowshoeing

Even when it’s cold outside, you can still take your dog on hiking adventures or take them along while you go snowshoeing, as long as you adequately prepare. Make sure your dog has cold weather gear, and monitor your pet’s comfort. Have a backup plan in case the snow and cold gets to be too much for your dog to handle. 

Hide and Snow Seek

If you’ve played brain games with your dog before, you know a popular brain game to play is hide and go seek, with treats. During winter, when there’s lots of snow on the ground, it’s the perfect time to play the hide and snow seek version of this game. Just grab some yummy treats like Chicken Hearts and Minnows, grab some of your dogs favorite toys, and hide them in the snow outside. Then release your dog to find them. The fluffy snow brings an added challenge and a fresh twist to the fun (and yummy) game. The cold treats are like a doggy popsicle for your pup. 

One of the best parts about winter time is that it gives you a lot of extra time to bond with your best furiend. If you find yourself spending a lot of time indoors with your pet, you should also check out our list of some of the best indoor winter activities with your pets. For more tips and tricks, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and subscribe to our email list for special savings and offers throughout the year.