Fun Winter Activities For You and Your Dog

We all tend to get a little less active when the colder weather arrives, but our dog’s still need the mental and physical stimulation exercise brings.

If you’ve found yourself being more of a couch potato lately and your dog is showing it with boredom and weight gain, then check out these fun winter activities for you and your dog.

Morning Walks

Instead of starting your day with a fancy coffee drink, get outdoors and enjoy a brisk morning walk. Your dog will love sniffing the fresh air and you will find you are more energized to embark on a busy day.

The Lishinu retractable leash is perfect for all the adventures you and your dog will have together.

Play Tag

Dogs love to chase, so why not play a game of tag? Bring your pooch to a park then begin by letting him chase you. Reverse the game and let your dog become the “tag.” This not only burns more calories than just walking, but it will get both you and your pup’s hearts pumping.

Fetch Race

Don’t just be the arm that throws the fetch toy, join in the race. Simply grab one of your dog’s snow-proof toys, throw it, then race your dog to retrieve the “prize.” Your dog will love the thrill and the challenge of game; even though he will most likely always win.

Stair Climb

If you live where there is a public building with lots of outdoor steps, utilize them by doing the stair climb. Not only does this break-up a walk, but it works more muscle groups in both you and your dog. Plus, if there is a lot of snow where you live, public stairs are usually keep free of ice, slush and the winter white stuff.

Skijor

The ultimate workout for you and your pooch may just be the skijor. This sport combines cross-
country skiing with mushing. It works by harnessing your dog to you, while you use the cross-
country equipment to further the momentum. Of course, this won’t work if you have a small breed-
of-dog, but would be perfect for those big dogs (like Huskies) that enjoy this type of activity.

Lishinu’s hands-free retractable leash is the perfect way to bring your pup outdoors while keeping your hands free for holding onto ski poles, walking sticks or even your cell phone.

Indoor Dog Park

If you can’t seem to muster up the courage to brave the elements, then look for an indoor dog park in your area. These recreational centers for dogs and their pet parents offer a chance for your pup to socialize with other canines and maybe even run an obstacle course or two.

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Healthy & Happy in the Winter

Along with the snow and cold the winter brings with it, are some things that pet parents will have to bear in mind when it comes to the health and happiness of their canine companions.

Tip # 1 – Keeping Warm

When the temperatures dip you will need to make sure your dog can withstand the colder climate change. If your dog has a thick coat, then you are probably good to go. However, those dogs with short or thin coats will need an extra layer of protection to keep them toasty. These can include dog sweaters and specially made jackets that offer a thick lining and snow/waterproof top layer.

Tip # 2 – Paw Protection

Your dog’s paws can suffer from uncomfortable conditions in the winter months like;

● Snowballs building up between his toes

● Cuts and scrapes from sharp objects hidden under the snow

● Salt used on sidewalks to prevent slipping

For these reasons investing in a good pair of dog booties will offer your dog protection from all of the above, plus they will keep your pet’s paws warm, dry and clean

Your dog’s paws can suffer from uncomfortable conditions in the winter months like;

Snowballs building up between his toes
Cuts and scrapes from sharp objects hidden under the snow
Salt used on sidewalks to prevent slipping

For these reasons investing in a good pair of dog booties will offer your dog protection from all of the above, plus they will keep your pet’s paws warm, dry and clean.

Tip # 3 – Moisturizer Please

Just like our skin tends to dry out in the colder months, so do our dog’s. You can help prevent this condition in your canine by adding a skin and coat supplement to his food. Fish and coconut oils are two that are easy on your dog and work well for rehydrating the skin and coat. If your pup’s ears, feet, nose or tail are cracking, try rubbing some coconut oil on these areas to alleviate the problem.
Tip # 4 – Be Mindful of Senior Pets

The winter months can be more difficult on those dogs that are getting up-in-age. Arthritis, stiff joints and the cold weather can all spell discomfort for your senior pet. For these reasons be sure you give your dog a snuggly place to stay warm and dry and exercise time that doesn’t require her to strain those already tired legs (indoor parks are perfect). You may also want to consider adding a supplement made for senior dog’s joints to her diet.

Tip # 5 – Avoid Toxins

This may seem obvious, but we may have forgotten that antifreeze is highly toxic to animals. Unfortunately, it also tastes good to them so they are more apt to lick it from the ground. Keep your dog away from the garage and driveway where he may accidental lick this fluid up.

Winter Time Doesn’t Have to Be a Dread

Here at Lishinu we want you and your pet to enjoy every season. Winter time doesn’t have to be a dread with some fun new activities to do with your dog. Just remember to protect yourself and your pooch from the harsh elements winter may bring.

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