Tis The Season To Be Freezin’

Let’s face it; Minnesotans are no strangers to the bitter cold and snow-covered roads, but some days, especially finishing a long day at work, after driving home at 5:00 PM in the dark..

Cheryl Douglas · December 21, 2021

Tis The Season To Be Freezin’

 

Even though the past few weeks have already felt like winter, here in Minnesota; today marks the first day of winter. As we hearty Minnesotans brace ourselves for the next 3-4 months of snow and cold we also need to consider our furry friends.  

Let’s face it; Minnesotans are no strangers to the bitter cold and snow-covered roads, but some days, especially finishing a long day at work, after driving home at 5:00 PM in the dark, some of us just want to hibernate in our cozy homes. We may want to catch up on some neglected indoor projects, finally finish that book we started at the lake house this summer, or simply enjoy binge watching our favorite Netflix series.  But as we open the door after being gone all day, Fido has a different idea.   He wants to go outside, walk & run, play catch, roll around in the snow, etc.   

Exercising your pet, even during the winter months, is very important. However, as pet parents we need to be mindful of the elements.  We all know that dogs with shorter, thinner coats need to wear a sweater or coat when outside  in the cold weather, but just because your pet may have been blessed with thicker fur, they too will need a sweater or coat if you plan on longer walks.   Please keep in mind that sweaters and coats do not protect ears and tails from frostbite.  Be mindful of the temperature and how long you allow your dog to be outside.  

So, how does Fido get adequate exercise while cooped up in doors?  This is where pet parents need to get creative.  Here are some great ideas to help keep your pet active indoors:

  • Play fetch in an open and safe place inside
  • Play hide-n-seek with one of your pet’s favorite toys or favorite BARF World® treat
  • Use the time to teach them a new trick or work on behavior challenges. (Using healthy treats is a great resource when training.) 
  • Surprise your pooch with a new toy - this helps with boredom. 
  • Try a fun game of tug-of-war
  • Build an indoor obstacle course – using household furniture, blankets, etc.  (This is also a fun way to work on training commands.)
  •  Invite a doggy friend over for a play-date.  This not only helps keep your dog active but also helps enhance good socialization skills. 
  • Purchase a Doggy Treadmill – Make Fido your new workout partner. It’s a great bonding experience while keeping healthy and fit. 

Yes, winter can be long and cold, but it can also be a time of training and bonding with your best furry friend.  And of course, the extra snuggles under a cozy, warm blanket while the wind is howling and the snow is falling is just an added bonus. 

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Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl joined the BARF® World family in 2017. She offers strong Administrative Support to the BARF® World office, handles our Logistic needs, as well as Customer Service and Sales. She is passionate about pets; specifically rescue dogs. She is a Minnesota native and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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