Most people enjoy living in a region where there are four distinct seasons. With a change of seasons, there is renewed excitement for outdoor activities. However, if you live in a colder climate, it may not always be convenient or fun to always exercise outside with your dog when winter arrives. Although winter walks can be beautiful, they often result in cold toes and fingers for you and your four-legged buddy. Fortunately, there are several activities you can enjoy with your dog in cold weather.
Trying to stay upright on icy surfaces, dealing with cold wind, rain or snow hitting your face and soaking wet clothes are just a few of the reasons why it is not difficult to understand why many people would prefer to simply stay inside by a fire while sipping on a hot beverage.
Understandably, the cold winter months can also be very difficult on your dog as well. When your dog stays inside during the winter, they are not as active. This can result in them gaining some excess weight.
It has been estimated that over 50% of the dogs in the United States have been diagnosed as overweight or obese by their veterinarian. This diagnosis can lead to an increase in injury, various diseases, and a shorter life span. Even if your dog looks comfortable and peaceful sleeping for 12 to 16 hours a day, it is more likely he/she would prefer being active. This is one of the reasons why it is important not only for you to remain healthy, but to also ensure your furry friend is also active and healthy.
Dogs, like people, can get cabin fever when they stay inside too long and this can translate into destructive behavior such as chewing on furniture or barking excessively. So, if you dislike having to walk your dog during the winter, there are other fun cold weather activities the two of you can enjoy that will mentally and stimulate your dog.