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3 Ways To Spoil Your Dog This Winter

Written by: Scott H
Scott Haiduc is the Director of Publishing for iHeartDogs, iHeartCats and The Hero Company. When not working, Scott spends his time on the farm, taking care of his animals and crops.Read more
| Published on January 3, 2017

Winter is upon us and when the weather gets cold, we tend to hunker down with our families and loved ones – both two- and four-legged. Our dogs are just as much a part of our families, and we want them there with us; that’s why we them as have companions!

While we can get them material things like toys and treats, there are other ways we can treat our pups this season that’ll leave them fulfilled.

1. Take A Day Trip

Day trips can be as short as a walk or as long as an adventure miles away.  Most dogs love going someplace new, so taking your dog to one of his favorite parks or hikes is a great way to spend some time together. You’ll be able to play somewhere new and special, rather than your familiar yard or local park.

If you live where there is snow, have fun throwing snowballs and playing in the powdery white stuff! 


2. Massage

Many humans like a little spa treatment, so why wouldn’t your dog? Massages are a great way to treat your pup to something extra special. Not only do they feel fantastic, they provide many great benefits to your dog’s health and well-being. Similar to people, canine massage increases circulation and promotes healing. This is especially important for very active dogs that play heavily all day.

Studies have shown that working and performance dogs have better careers when they receive massages, so it makes sense that our pets would benefit from this great experience as well. Besides, they just feel really great!

3. Special Meals

Most people cook warm, comforting meals in wintertime, so why not try and fix something great for your dog? Nope, this is not just a tasty treat you can buy at their favorite pet supply store. We mean you can bake your own treats or make an exquisite, healthy meal for your canine companion.

Make sure to use ingredients safe for dogs, your dog in particular. All dogs react to different ingredients different ways and if your dog is allergic to certain foods, you’ll want to avoid them. Also, keep it healthy – a greasy burger or fatty bacon can cause some serious issues for our pups, especially if they aren’t used to having it. But some plain boiled chicken might be exactly what they’re waiting for. You can also bake some delicious, healthy dog snacks for your pup to enjoy throughout the week with ingredients you have at home. This is also a great way to use excess fruits and vegetables!


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