When we make New Year resolutions for ourselves, it is an opportunity to include our dogs. If you want to get more exercise you can take your dog on a walk. If you want more quiet time, there is doggie yoga and meditation. These activities with a dog at your side are a paw-some experience. Obesity is the number one health concern for humans and canines alike, so choosing healthy foods and fewer caloric treats is always a good idea.
Pet Parent Question:
“I want to walk my dog, but it is so hard to get motivated in the snow and cold weather. Can dogs tolerate the cold?”
I understand the motivation factor. Sometimes having someone else to walk with at set times on a schedule helps. Find a friend who wants to walk their dog as well. Mask and social distance as needed and enjoy the walk. With the exception of a few breeds, most dogs do tolerate the cold well. However, a coat and booties will help. Dogs paws especially will be protected from the salt and other chemicals. Even dogs with thick coats need protection with a coat in the very cold weather.
Donna Chicone is an award-winning author, TEDx speaker and advocate for dogs. She lives in Woodbury. You might find her engaged in pet-assisted therapy work. superpetparent.com