Don’t let cooler temperatures put a freeze on your dog’s exercise routine. Though dogs tend to be very active in the summer thanks to long walks and frequent trips to the park, the colder weather can make some dogs (and their parents) reluctant to step outside.
So how do you make sure your four-legged friend is getting enough exercise during cooler months? Here are some fun activities for you and your dog to try:
When the temperature dips, staying in motion will help both you and your dog stay warm. Try taking your dog with you on your next hike. Hiking has cardiovascular benefits for your dog while also working their quadriceps, hamstrings and core muscles. Also, a variety of surfaces may improve your dog’s proprioception, coordination and ability to react. Plus, a new area to explore and smell will keep your dog highly entertained. If going for a longer hike, make sure to bring water for both you and your dog.
Why not add some fun to your yard work? Rake up a big pile of leaves, and let your dog jump and play in the pile. You might be surprised at how much fun they have!
Taking your dog with you on your run is a great way to spend their built-up energy. Just be sure your dog is over 1 year old and you set a comfortable pace your dog can handle. Make sure you end your run with a walk to cool them down. Grab your shoes and have fun! However, once the snow arrives, be sure to also cover their paws to protect them from salt and slush.
Teaching your dog to catch and fetch a Frisbee is enjoyable and inexpensive. Go to a park, an open field or your backyard and let your dog have fun. When you throw the Frisbee, don’t just watch your dog get it; race them to it.
Don’t have time to take your dog outside in the cooler months? Visit Dogtopia, where they will enjoy fun-filled days of exercise and socialization in our safe, open-play environment.
How to Make a Dog-Friendly Pumpkin Spice Latte
October is officially here, and pumpkin is back in season! The beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte or PSL is back on most coffee shop menus and pumpkin-flavored everything is on grocery shelves. Get your furry family members in on the seasonal fun!
Try this dog-approved and pet-friendly PSL recipe created with your pup in mind:
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- A pinch of cinnamon
- A pinch of ground ginger
- Whipped cream (optional)
How to make:
- Place all ingredients (aside from optional whipped cream) in a blender and mix for about one minute.
- After mixture is blended, serve a small amount to your dog. Top with whipped cream if desired.
- Please ensure whipped cream does NOT contain xylitol.
- Place the remainder of the pup-approved latte in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. This will keep fresh for about a week if it remains refrigerated.
Pumpkin is a wonderful fall treat for your dog to enjoy as it is high in Vitamin A, C, E, iron, potassium, fiber, and is great for digestion! When offering your dog a new treat of any kind, it is best to start small to ensure their stomach can handle the snack. If you have any questions about whether your dog can enjoy a specific treat, please contact your veterinarian for more insight and information.
Dogtopia daycares regularly feature festive treats! Find a Dogtopia near you and enroll your pup today so they don’t miss out on any of the fun!