The snow hasn’t started yet. But the doomsayers of local weather tell us it’s coming.
If you live in the Northeast or New England, does this mean your dog will get less exercise this weekend? Does a walk seem like too much trouble when it involves hip waders to get through the snow?
It doesn’t have to.
Especially if you want to have as much fun as this chihuahua and his little people.
Sledding is a great way to exercise your dog.
- A strong dog can help pull you up the hill
- The effort of running around keeps her from getting too cold
- And you don’t have to do it for long before everyone is exhausted
Even if you don’t own a sled, I bet you can find something around the house to get you down a slippery hill. I’ve used:
- plastic cafeteria trays (back when my butt still fit on a cafeteria tray)
- garbage can lids
And, while I haven’t tried it myself, I bet my recreational kayak (plastic, not fiberglass) would do a good job too.
I encourage all my fellow bloggers in the snow belt to try sledding with their dog. And post a picture or video for our friends in warmer climes.
After all, we have to do something to show them we’re not crazy for living in places where you can lose a toe to frost just by taking a walk.
We have Winners!
Train Your Dog Month Challenge
I’m pleased to announce that Sugar the Golden Retriever was randomly chosen the winner of the Train Your Dog Month Challenge. Congratulations!
I’ll be sending a $25 donation to the favorite animal charity of Sugar and her person as well as a prize pack to their home.
We had some really creative entries:
- Jodi at Kol’s Notes is teaching Kolchak to let her sleep in
- Sue at Obedience Training Journal is teaching her dogs not to trip her going on the door
- Ms. Taleteller of Tales and Tails took up the challenge to walk every day in January
- Beth and Gizmo at Terrier Torrent worked on learning to “wait” and enjoying grooming more
- Jodi at Heart Like a Dog shared her secrets for teaching a perfect heel (it involves chick peas!)
- Loy and Gizmo of Yikes! Loy Turns 60 also completed the challenge to walk every day of the month
- Dawn of NEPA Pets began clicker training her rabbit, Glee, to pick up a basket (love it!)
- And not only did Sugar the Golden Retriever show off her amazing treat balancing skills, but shared links to earlier posts showing the steps that got her there
So thank you to everyone who worked hard to build their bond with their pups (and bunny) by working on the challenge. I hope you’ll join us next year.
Frosty Paws Giveaway
Congratulations also to Amanda, Lisa, Vera, Kathleen, Peggy, Amber, Jan, and Beth (or rather to their pups) who won the Frosty Paws giveaway. I’ll be sending your prize as soon as you reply to my email with your mailing address.
I have two more Frosty Paws packs (two coupons for free Frosty Paws frozen treats and a Frosty Paws stuffed mascot) to give away.
The first two people who haven’t already won a prize and live in the U.S. who send me an email with their mailing address before 11 a.m. EST today will also win. So hurry!
How do you exercise your pup when weather gets extreme (whether too hot or too cold)? Have you ever tried sledding?