Unless you spend the season at the nearest ski mountain, it’s tough to find the motivation to be active during the winter months in New England. It’s colder, darker, and hazards like snow and ice add another layer of concern when it comes to outdoor activity. But exercise can help reduce stress, offers many health benefits for both you and your dog, and at the very least, gets you out of the house! Sometimes the hardest part about doing something is actually starting. If you’re struggling to find creative ways to give your dog more physical activity during the winter months, here’s a few ideas you can start today.

JUST KEEP WALKING

You probably didn’t want to hear this one, but hear us out. Even though it’s tempting to stay indoors rather than braving the cold, don’t forego going on walks with your dog simply because it’s winter! Wintertime offers a variety of new smells, textures, and environments for your pup. We’ve all seen those adorable videos of dogs relishing in their first experience with snow. Who knows — your afternoon walk might get you on Good Morning America! At the very least, it’s highly likely both you and your dog will enjoy regular walking – even in the winter –  more than you might think. You can incorporate some hiking as well to add some novelty and physical challenges – there are several dog-friendly trails in the Pioneer Valley.. 

INDOOR TRICKS AND GAMES

If it’s blizzarding outside and you’re stuck indoors, you can still find ways to help your pet get in some exercise to prevent the onset of full-on cabin fever. Do you have a large garage? Set up an indoor obstacle course. Teach and practice new tricks and obedience skills. You can even play more traditionally outdoor games like fetch and modify it for your indoor space. 

ENROLL IN DOG DAYCARE

Dogs need socialization and exercise on a regular basis. During the winter, both of these goals are often neglected. Have you considered enrolling your dog in a daycare program? Our Dog Daycare Program gives your pet ample opportunity for physical fitness, socialization with other pups, and decompression time. Our team of Pet Care Specialists treats your pet like they’re our own, so you can trust us to provide the best care. A typical day at our Dog Daycare includes supervised open-play, naptime, and meals. If you’re a planner, we also offer Memberships for Dog Daycare. Never worry about how to give your dog more activity in wintertime again!

With a little creativity and some bravery (for you and your dog), wintertime activity can be enjoyable and beneficial. Take some time to try out any or all of these activities and add them to your cold-weather toolbox! 

Want to learn more about our Dog Daycare Program? Give us a call at (413) 534-1333 or email info@gooddogspot.net.

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Our Mission is to ensure pet parents’ peace of mind by providing consistent, compassionate grooming services and a nurturing, safe and fun environment for pets to socialize and grow through our daycare and overnight programs.

Chicopee hours

  • Monday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Thursday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Saturday  8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday  8:00am - 9:00am
    & 4:00 - 5:00pm 

We are closed between 12:30-1:30 for lunch

Northampton hours

  • Monday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Thursday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Saturday  8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday  8:00am - 9:00am
    & 4:00pm - 5:00pm

We are closed between 12:30-1:30 for lunch

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