Even if you don’t particularly care for the cold weather, it seems everyone enjoys a snow day every now and then. It’s a chance to read a good book or catch up on your favorite TV show. It’s also a great time for simply relaxing and kicking back.
For me, a snow day means extra time with my dogs, and that’s always a real treat. To really maximize this bonus time together, I’m sharing 5 tips for an amazing snow day with your dog. Keep reading to learn more.
1. Be prepared
If you know in advance that a snow storm is coming, do yourself – and your dog – a favor by getting ready for it. Make sure you’ve got the necessities: milk, bread, bottled water, and plenty of food and treats for your mutt. Having extra blankets on hand is also a good idea, in the event of a power outage. My dogs don’t like to wear sweaters but if yours doesn’t mind, it’s a great idea on a snow day.
2. Stick to your usual schedule
Even though you may be tempted to sleep in, keep in mind that your dog is a creature of habit. Her day will be less stressful if you stick to her normal routine, including mealtimes, walks, and potty breaks. As long as the outdoor weather allows, there’s no reason not to get outdoors for your regular walks. Be sure to check out my tips for dog walking in winter. The cold, crisp air will invigorate both of you, but be sure to bundle up and stay safe.
3. Keep your dog entertained and active
You might be perfectly content vegging out to Netflix or General Hospital (or is that just me?), but your dog couldn’t care less. If she wants to play a game of fetch, show her that you’re all in by taking a few minutes to throw her ball. It’s also a good idea to have stimulating dog toys, food puzzles, and games on hand to keep your dog mentally stimulated and entertained.
4. Get in the kitchen
I’ve always enjoyed baking cookies on snow days, and you can bet your dog would like a special homemade treat, too. A snow day is the perfect time to try a few of my pet recipes, including peanut butter and apple sauce cookies for dogs. It’s not a snack, but you might even want to whip up a batch of my paw balm. It’s great for both you and your dog.
5. Take photos
Whether you’re playing outside or snuggled up on the couch inside, a snow day is a great time to get out your camera (or phone) and take some pictures of your dog. Take a selfie of the two of you. It’ll help you remember the wonderful snow day you spent together, and in years to come, you’ll look back at it and smile. I promise.
What are your best tips for a fabulous snow day with your dog? I’d love for you to share them with me in a comment below or over on The Everyday Dog Mom Facebook page.