By Tamara McRill
Do you have a dog that just loves burrowing through the snow? Don’t you just love those big doggy grins when they get to frolicking in the powder? I have three snow-loving pooches and, aside from making a dog snowman, playing in the snow is our favorite winter activity.
Of course, we certainly take safety precautions, and winter paw care is a must, but these snow games are easy to safely set up. Here are my dogs’ paws-down favorite five snow games:
1. Hide and Seek
Since dogs like to dig in the snow, give them something to find. Bury toys, sticks or even dog treats in the snow and ask your dog to find them. For dogs that aren’t good at seeking, you might have to tip them off on where to look. I like to up the excitement and competition by letting the dogs think I’m looking for their toy too.
You might want to avoid playing while snow is falling and accumulating though. That makes it harder to see where you buried stuff and you don’t want to have to wait until spring to uncover their favorite bone.
2. Snowball Catch
This is an excellent game for dogs who like to play catch and “kill” things. Pack a snowball, making sure there aren’t any ice chunks or rocks in the mix, and lightly toss it for your dog to catch. When they do, they will get the fun and satisfaction of chomping down and destroying the snowball.