Beating the BC Winter Blues

Winters in the lower mainland are far less than the perfect “winter wonderland” people to the east boast. While they are playing in the snow, we’re drying out our socks and wearing rubber. It’s wet, cold and less than inviting to get outside. People and pets alike would much rather stay inside where it’s cozy, and dry.  As dog owners know, outside is still a necessity. So how do you beat the BC blues? Here are my tips!

Invest in a good raincoat (for both of you!). Umbrellas are great, but have you ever tried walking the dog, holding your festive latté and picking up poop? Jobs of ninjas. Investing is a good raincoat will keep you dry and warm, and the same goes for fido. Dogs get cold too, and being damp doesn’t help. Not to mention it cuts your dry time in half. While the east giggles at our 10 degree winter days, those of us here know it’s a chilling time. At Tisol we have a wide variety of raincoats, included lined ones for the really chilly days (or venturing up to the mountains).

Find indoor activities. Yes, indoor activities for your dog, they do exist! We are lucky to have some great indoor agility courses in the lower mainland. These are a great way to build the bond between you and your dog, not to mention it gets you running around too! If your dog isn’t one for agility you should research a good doggy daycare. Sending your pup to daycare not only helps with socialization skills, it gives them space to run and play, during which you can have some “kid free time” too. It’s like sending your dog to the gym for a good workout, guaranteed to wear them out!

Looking for the white stuff? Sometimes all you need to remind you of how great winter can be is a trip up to the mountains. If you dog is a snow lover (or not opposed to a snowsuit and boots) there are activities you can do together on the hills too.  Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and if you dog is a natural puller; Skijoring. Skijoring is a cross between cross-country skiing and dog sledding. All you need are some skis and a good harness for your dog, and some flat-ish ground.

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