Four Fun Winter Activities To Do With Your Dog!

The winter season may not be everyone’s favorite, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to make it fun for ourselves and our pups! Here in Seattle, there are many fun winter activities to do with your dog! If you are looking for something new to do with your four-legged friends, then keep reading this blog for more information.

Check Out Dog-Friendly Stores and Restaurants as a Fun Winter Activity!

Did you know that there are tons of restaurants and businesses right here in Seattle that are pet-friendly? Redmond Town Center allows dogs in pretty much all of their stores! Shopping is always a great activity, but bringing your dog along can make it that much more fun! Before heading out, be sure to give your pooch a little refresher on basic manners so you don’t run into any trouble at the stores!

If you’re in the mood for a beer, there are plenty of breweries located in Woodinville that would love to host you and your dogs for a fun day out! Triplehorn Brewery and Blue Lightning Brewery are great places to check out this winter.

Take a Nice Hike With Your Dog

Winter can definitely be cold, but there are plenty of beautiful days ahead of us where we can still enjoy the weather and fresh air. If you have a high-energy dog that also loves being outside, bringing them on a hike will surely burn off their energy. There are plenty of gorgeous hiking trails around Seattle for you and your pup to visit. Try visiting Lake 22 or, Red Top Lookout Trail. This trail is an easy one-kilometer hike that is appropriate for all skill levels. There is an amazing lookout at the top of the trail where you can stop and enjoy the sights.

Before you get out there with your pup, check out our blog on how to keep your dog safe this winter(i will link the blog once it’s posted). There are still some things to watch out for while you are out there enjoying the day with your dog to make sure everyone stays safe and has a fantastic time!

Play Some Indoor Dog Sports

There will be days this winter when it is too cold to do outside activities. That doesn’t mean you and your pup can’t have fun inside the house! You can create your own personal doggy Olympics right in your living room. Set up some pillows and cushions for your dog to run and jump over. Creating an obstacle course is a great way to get your dogs’ mind going for some much-needed stimulation.

There are plenty of indoor dog sports and activities that you can participate in as well. For example, you can enroll your pooch in some group classes such as nose work. Nosework classes will teach your dog to sniff out certain things. This is very common with police dogs!

If you have a high-energy dog that needs to run around, look into some agility classes. Some classes will also include teaching your dog new tricks! This will surely make your dog super happy, and will be a fun way to brave the cold.

Play a Classic Game of Fetch!

If your dog loves their ball, then a classic game of fetch is all they need for a fun day out! Your dog will have a blast running through the snow trying to catch their favorite toy. This game can also double as hide and seek! If you lose the ball in the snow, this will force your dog to sniff it out, and stimulate their olfactory senses. You can even bring a couple of their other toys from home such as a rope or chew toy for them to find beneath the snow. Make sure the toys are large enough and have bright colors so you can find them easily. Since the sun sets much sooner now, try to go out during the afternoon so you don’t forget any of your pups’ favorite toys at the park!
Playing fetch can also reinforce your dogs’ recall. Encouraging them to come back to you after throwing the ball is a great way to sneak in a little training while having some fun! If you want some guidance on how to do this, contact us here, and we can give you some tips and tricks on how to make dog training successful!

Before we know it, the cold weather will be behind us, and we will be back to enjoying the dog days of summer! The winter season doesn’t have to be sad and boring, especially when you have your dog by your side.



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