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Top 5 Activities To Try With Your Dog This Winter

24 Jan 2023 | Written by Tori Holmes

During the colder months, it can be tempting to go into “hibernation mode” and spend as much time inside as possible. If you do this, however, you’ll miss out on a whole season of fun. In fact, some of the best winter activities are done with dogs!

To give you some inspiration, we’ve put together a list of the five best winter activities to try with your dog this winter.

Get creative with snow

If you live somewhere that gets snow, it can be used for several fun winter activities with your dog.

If you do these or any other activity outside, just make sure that your pup has all the necessary cold-weather gear to stay nice and warm.

mixed breed brown dog running through powdery snow

Take a trip to the beach

A trip to the beach may not seem like your usual winter activity, but this is actually a great time to visit with your four-legged friend! Many pet parents are surprised to hear that dogs are usually free to visit beaches that are designated dog beaches during the off-season, making it one of the best winter activities with dogs.

Between approximately October and April, the regular rules for dogs – such as leash requirements and restricted hours – are removed at most beaches so your pup is free to explore as they wish. The rules will differ between beaches, so be sure to do your research before you arrive. It’s also a good idea to refresh yourself on our cold weather safety tips for your pet, as well.

Cook some dog-friendly dishes

On days when the weather is especially inclement, there’s nothing wrong with doing an inside activity. In fact, days like this are perfect for trying something new in the kitchen! There are several pet-friendly human foods that can be used to create delicious, homemade dishes for your pup.

shepherd dog standing in the snowy forest

Spend a cozy day inside

Some dogs simply aren’t made for cold weather, and that’s okay! For these dogs, one of the best winter activities is simply cuddling up on the couch and enjoying time with their human. If your dog seems especially chilled, light a fire, turn on the heat pad or bundle up in blankets to provide your pup with some extra warmth. You can also take a look through the guide on how to help your pets transition into colder temperatures, put together by our Freshpet vet, Dr. Aziza.

close up of dog's face snuggling into cozy blankets.

We hope this list inspires you to embrace the cooler temperatures and try some new activities with your dog this winter!

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