Treat your dog to a healthier lifestyle.
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