Winter is near. But just because the weather has or is about to cool down doesn’t mean the dog-friendly activities have to come to a halt. While there are plenty of activities you can enjoy with your pup throughout the season, here are six ideas to get you started.
1. Hold a Winter Photoshoot
Grab those holiday sweaters and say "cheese!" Winter is the perfect time to hold a photo shoot. And because you already enjoy spending time with your pets, preserve those memories — and capture the magic and whimsy of the holiday season — by snapping some sappy or funny photos together. Plus, these photos are perfect to include as a holiday card to friends, family and/or co-workers. They can also be framed or used for your pup's social media profile, too.
2. Get Outdoors
Want to explore a nearby winter wonderland with a short road trip? Then make sure to take to the outdoors for a leisurely hike in the wilderness this holiday season. Whether you explore a state park or take a trip to the mountains, there’s no shortage of explorable terrain to discover with your pet.
But before you head out on your winter trip, be sure to check your tires for any signs of rot and wear. With some excursions requiring you to go off the beaten path, you’ll need a set of durable and rugged all-terrain tires. And for your pup? A set of Polar Trex winter boots should do the trick. No cold paws here!
3. Do Some Holiday Shopping
It's easier than ever before to check off gifts on your holiday shopping list by visiting a few dog-friendly shops. Whether it’s a neighborhood dog boutique or an outdoor shopping mall, your dog will love spending time with you while you run errands. Of course, while shopping, be courteous to other customers. Consider using a canvas tote or pet carrier on your shopping trip, and always bring waste bags to clean up any messes.
4. Run a 5K
Ready, set, go! From Seattle to Philadelphia, dogs are taking to the starting line. In fact, there’s a new trend in running — and it’s something to wag a tail about. No matter the season, there are typically several dog-friendly 5K races happening across the country, many of which are hosted by animal shelters or benefit pets in need.
Additionally, there are opportunities to win prizes and take home dog-approved swag. Now, if your dog is prone to pulling while on a leash, make sure you use a harness instead. Speaking of pet safety, remember to take plenty of water breaks. These races are the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and race to the finish line with Fido.
5. Enjoy a Dog-Friendly Staycation
The holidays can be a stressful time, so take some time to relax with a staycation. From quaint B&Bs to luxury resorts, there are a variety of local options from which to choose — and many offer some sweet pet perks.Kimpton Hotels, for example, does not charge a pet fee, no matter the size, breed or weight of the dog. The national hotel chain even provides dogs with their own bowls, beds, treats and a new toy upon check-in. Now that’s five-star service.
6. Visit the Groomer
Want to keep your pet looking their best throughout the holiday season? Regular visits to the groomer are good your for pet’s health. Not only will this keep your pet smelling fresh, but frequent trips to the doggie spa can also keep your pet feeling comfortable, too. And, keep in mind, some of the folks you'll be entertaining this holiday season have pet allergies. Knowing this, keep your pet clean, groomed and pampered for everyone's benefit — Fifi's, too.