As October ends every year, a subtle change in the energy starts to take place. Gone are the days of sunshine and hours of daylight, and the beginning of cooler weather and early evenings arrives. This time of year can be a difficult one for people to get through and, consequently, can be just as tough for their pups. The good news is there are a lot of things you can do at home to ensure you and pup are happy, healthy, and cozy all season long.
Our first tip is to bundle up and get out in the morning with your pup, even a quick 10 minute walk around the block. This gets the blood flowing and the daylight will help keep you positive. You may find that once you get started you can make your walk even longer. If winter has arrived, you can even take that 10 minutes to play in the snow! Snowballs are a dog favourite and diving in and out of big snow drifts can be a ton of fun. Your pup will be thankful for the activity you’ve added to their day. If your pup is high energy and needs something more try, hooking them up to a toboggan with a harness so they can pull it around the neighbourhood. Working pups will love the job.
Entertaining can be another great way to get the laughs going and have a great time. Your four legged family member will look forward to seeing friends or family just as much as you. Make up some people & dog friendly snacks, raw carrots are great (skip the dip for your pup) or apple slices (no seeds though!). This is a win-win because eating healthier in the winter months will also help contribute to a positive mood for both of you. Hint: if your pup is a little over excited with company, pick up a raw meaty bone or an elk antler to keep them occupied while everyone is hanging out; it is is a great source of stimulation for them.
On those stormy winter days when you and your family are spending time indoors, why not bake some treats? This is an easy activity for you and your pup will benefit as an added bonus. Banana-Almond bites are super easy and super delicious… Here's our recipe:
1 free range egg
3/4 cup unsalted almond butter
1/3 banana (you & rover can split the leftovers)
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly then spoon out nickel sized dollops onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes turning the sheet halfway through. Let them cool and they’ll last about a week (if they make it that long).
Last but definitely not least, keep an essential oil diffuser nearby. Lavender oil is a great classic for relaxation but peppermint & eucalyptus work similarly and add wintery scent to your home. This is an easy way for you to start unwinding with your pup after a long day, to take a few deep breaths and enjoy your atmosphere. While the oils are diffusing, throw on some smooth jazz or classical music. This is an excellent way to add to a calm atmosphere; don’t underestimate the effects of music on you AND your pup.
The winter is the best time to be cozy with your pets and really enjoy each other's company. Before you know it, the snow will thaw and buds will appear on the trees, so take advantage of these cold weather activities!