1/7/2019

Fun Winter Adventures for Max!

Got Snow? Let’s Go!

Here at PetKey we all know how overwhelming the winter season can be with nothing to do. But there are some benefits to winter. Many people who live in places of snow galore enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and sledding.

Did you know there’s an activity you can include your dog in, though? You heard that right. A winter activity you can enjoy with your doggies.

Snowshoeing!

At first this might not sound like the most glamourous activity, but you’d be surprised at how peaceful and enjoyable it is once you’re out there.

What’s the Human Need?

If you don’t know much about snowshoeing (don’t worry- most don’t), you’ll need a few things to prepare. Don’t fret, it’s not expensive.

Here’s what you’ll need: Cozy winter clothes, insulated hiking boots (or boots that stay warm), and snowshoes. If you want added balance, grab yourself some poles too.

You can rent or buy snowshoes. 

When you’re looking at snowshoes, you’ll see there are a few different types to choose from. 

You might want snowshoes tailored for walking on the frozen lake nearby or you may simply want to hike up your favorite mountain. Or, take it easy and walk down a regular snow trail.

Before you go out, make sure the weather won’t be too bad especially if it’s your first time.

A Dog’s Snowshoeing Accessories

Before you and your dog hike into the great outdoors, be certain to check the rules and regulations of place you’re choosing. 

There are some places that aren’t dog-friendly, and you don’t want to get in trouble. That won’t make for a fun experience.

You should consider your dog’s health and fitness level before choosing your destination. 

Pick somewhere both you and your dog will feel comfortable. And, don’t choose anything too strenuous if you and/or your dog have never done this before.

Even though it’s cold outside, your dog (and you) will still need to remain hydrated. Don’t forget the water.

Does your dog need a coat, too? Remember, if you’re cold there’s a good chance he’s cold. An insulated dog jacket could make a significant difference in your trip.

As we talked about earlier in the year, those dog booties also come in handy. We don’t want our dog’s paw pads to freeze. Grab those winter boots for your pup.

Stay Safe while Snowshoeing: Dog and Human

As with any hiking excursion, always let someone know where you’re going. 

There are many people who go out wandering without letting people know where they’re going and end up lost somewhere. 

If you are gone too long, and happen to get lost, people will know where to find you (approximately) and you’ll have help on the way much quicker.

Stay aware of your surroundings. The wilderness is beautiful, but you should remain alert for yourself and your furry companion.

Finally, prepare for the unexpected. 

You can’t never be ‘overprepared’ when going on a hiking trip. 

Don’t worry so much your trip is stressful. Just be sure you have packed all the essentials: extra food, extra water, an emergency kit, a compass, and a GPS if you have one.

Let’s Go Snowshoeing!

We highly recommend you dig deeper into this if you’re interested in this activity with your dog. 

We want to make sure you’re as prepared as possible and don’t want you to take on any activity you or your dog are not ready for.

As long as you’re prepared and ready for your adventure, you’ll have a wonderful time together snowshoeing and exploring the beauty of Earth with your furry companion.

Most importantly- have fun!