Looking for something to do with your dog while you wait for Spring? We’ve got some suggestions.
Good News…According to Mr. Groundhog, we only have about two more weeks of these cold temperatures left….we got this!
These cold temps and darker days can make us all lack motivation and inspiration.
For those looking to do something with your pup, but are not sure where to go, or what to do, we compiled a list of suggestions for you.
Below are some of our ideas to involve your canine companion and keep busy until we make it out of these cold, midwest temperatures.
Sign Up for a Seminar
Sign up for a webinar/seminar to learn more about an interest or continued education. There are a lot of free ones available!
Here are a few to get you started:
Soak Up the Sun!
Keeping active in the winter can be difficult for everyone, but our dogs really need to continue being challenged both mentally and physically. Luckily, there are some easy ways to do so, even when the temps are below zero!
Just to Get Out of the House
Want to get out of the house? Take your dog for a car ride, grab a coffee or hot chocolate, and get them a puppuccino.
Spring Cleaning with Training
Pick one area of your living space and get rid of some clutter! Have your dog on their placeboard or in a down-stay while doing this to work on impulse control training at the same time.
Aim for at least 20 minutes of outside time a day.*
Sign Up for Classes
Sign up for a Spring outdoor class or fun run in your neighborhood. It will motivate you and give you something to look forward to. Check out your local town’s event schedule, start thinking about what to plant in your garden, or search out a new park to take your dog when the weather lifts. Something is ALWAYS better than nothing when it comes to moving our bodies!
Make plans with a friend that has a trusted canine to double date with your dog. They can safely socialize and you can too! Walking two dogs together is a very healthy way for them to interact; they don’t always have to wrestle-play.
Go Shopping with Your Pup
Take your dog to a dog friendly store to practice your skills and manners before everyone rushes outside when the weather breaks.
Brave the Weather
We live here– might as well learn how to bundle up properly and not let the weather dictate our days! Aim for at least 20 minutes of outside time a day.* It does so much good for your mood, body, and dog! If there is snow or salt on the ground, look into investing in some dog booties or a barrier salve. We love the ones at dogbooties.com.