Getting The Exercise Your Dog Needs In Winter

This special blog post is sponsored by Sniffspot! Sniffspot is like an AirBnB for dogs! 

Book a Sniffspot or even sign up to become a host and earn extra income with your yard or private space! Go to www.sniffspot.com and use code 2TD to get an extra $15 after your first review.

Every season has its challenges when you are a dog parent.  

In the summertime, we have to make sure we keep our dogs hydrated and cool.  

In the fall, we get together with friends and family more, which means food we have to keep away from the pups.  In the springtime, our dogs may have more allergies.  

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And what happens to dog parents in the winter? We are wishing that we could keep bundled up, inside by the fireplace while our dogs magically let themselves out, and back in again.

But wintertime is no excuse not to take care of our dogs the way that they deserve. But what happens when you live in an area where many dog parks shut down for the season or you don’t want to walk your dog near roads which have been salted for snow? What can you do?

This year, we have introduced to you a new way of life for dog parent.  Sniffspot. Simply put, if your dog isn’t social, or is elderly, or you are simply not comfortable with a dog park atmosphere, Sniffspot may be your answer.  With Sniffspot, you can book a private yard or space by the hour for your dog to play, explore and simply be a dog!

All dogs are individuals, just like people. And all individuals deserve exercise in the way that works for them and in all seasons.

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So we checked out the spots at Sniffspot to see what options are available for dog parents!

Malaney Creek Farm, Shelton, Washington

This seems to warm us right up! With over 124 acres, private trails and even options to camp! This is amazing!

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The following Sniffspot has so much room! How much room?

In Mill Creek, Washington, over half an acre, let your dog run free in a fully fenced space and enjoy snow time! Book here

In Fairchild, Wisconsin, room to run is abundant! Rain, snow or shine! Book here

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Winter may take more preparation on our part to get the exercise our dogs need. Here are some tips to winterize our plans!

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1. In snow and ice, our dogs’ paws need to be protected. Consider wearing paw boots and moisturize.

2. Keep our dogs fueled! Pack high energy treats and snacks in easy open containers. Water is still important to carry in the winter. Don’t leave outside to freeze.

3. We’ve all heard not to leave our dogs in a hot car. That goes for cold cars too! Dogs can freeze quickly. Do not leave unattended.

4. Consider your dog’s age and tolerance of the cold.

5. Clean your dog’s feet gently when coming inside. Salt may be on roads and runoff.

6. Mental stimulation is key to getting thru the winter! That’s where Sniffspot comes in! There is no substitute for new places, smells and experiences. Put on your coat and book a Sniffspot for an hour!

A dog’s wellbeing and safety is is our hands. Give them exercise in the winter in a safe and fun way. And look for a Sniffspot near you! Put in your location on the free Sniffspot app or go to www.sniffspot.com.

As we travel the country, we will be looking for Sniffspots near us for the boys to get the exercise they need. But we may be headed south. These Florida folks are cold!

Rachael Johnson

Founder, 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

This special blog post is sponsored by Sniffspot! Sniffspot is like an AirBnB for dogs! 

Reactive dog? With Sniffspot, you can book a space that is private for safe play and training!
Don’t like dog parks? Socialize your pup in a controlled environment. Learn more about Sniffspot vs public dog parks.

Book a Sniffspot or even sign up to become a host and earn extra income with your yard or private space! Go to www.sniffspot.com. Use code 2TD to get an extra $15 after your first review.

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Feeding Your Dog’s Happiness With Exercise And Rest

This special blog post is brought to you by Tall Tails! Buy a blanket, give a blanket! For every blanket sold on the Tall Tails website thru November, they will donate a blanket to a rescue or foster dog!

As dog parents, we know that not one thing on its own can make our dog happy. It’s not just one food or treat that they love. It’s not just one toy. It’s not just one activity. It takes a variety of components to give our dogs the lives they deserve. Sure, it takes work and extra planning to make our dogs happy. But when they are happy, oh, we are so very happy.

Our main mission has always been, and will continue to be “Make Rescues The Breed Of Choice”. Yes, we are animal rescue advocates. But we don’t go about working for animals in the usual ways. Eight years ago, we decided to use our social media channels and blog to show the wonderful life you can have when you rescue a pet. Yes! You! Animals change our lives, save our lives. That’s been the case for us. Travel, outdoor activities, fun recipes and taking care of our dogs in the best way we can is what we want to show the world.

So how do we feed a dog’s happiness? Every dog is an individual, just like we are all individuals. But we have seen the happiest dogs in rescue and outside of rescue who have two things taken care of.

Exercise

A dog who is allowed to be a dog is beyond beautiful. Walking is a necessary part of your dog’s daily routine. When dogs do not have enough exercise, that energy gets released into undesirable habits like barking, destructive behavior and depression. How do we give Brickle and Digby the exercise they need?

Even though we are full time travelers, our exercise commitment to them doesn’t change, even on the days we are on the road.

We walk for at least 45 minutes in the morning and carry a snack! Exercise doesn’t have to mean being deprived! We have to fuel their bodies! We carry Brickle and Digby’s favorite snacks in their Tall Tails Treat Bag!

Great for treats on the go. It holds 2 cups of Brickle and Digby’s favorites.

Our favorite trail treat recipes?

Brickle’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup of no salt, no sugar peanut butter (do NOT use peanut butters with artificial sweeteners either!)

4 tablespoons of organic honey

1 egg

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients together until well combined.  Spray a  cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  Roll mixture into bite size balls and place on sheet.  Press with the back of a fork and then press the opposite direction to make a criss cross design.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Let cool completely before serving to you or your dog.

Store in an air-tight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Digby’s Pancakes

Recipe makes 20 silver dollar size pancakes.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup organic tapioca flour

1/2 cup organic coconut flour

2 tablespoons organic ground flaxseed

1 tsp baking powder

Directions:

Mix one cup or water or unsalted broth with all ingredients.  Stir just until lumps disappear with a wire whisk or spoon.

Lightly grease pan or skillet with non-stick cooking spray.  Heat pan or skillet over medium high heat.  Pan or skillet is ready when drops of water sizzle on the surface.  Use tablespoon or melon baller to drop batter onto pan.  Turn the pancakes when they begin to bubble and the bottoms are golden brown.

Let cool completely.  Refrigerate unused portions immediately.  May be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 2 months.

And don’t forget the water. Dehydration is a real problem for dogs. Even on the roads, we use the Tall Tails Travel Bowl for road stop breaks and carry it in our backpack for a quick campsite setup.

It holds 6 cups of water or food.

And don’t forget one of the most important parts of being a responsible dog parent. Cleaning up after your dog. We like to use the Tall Tails Waste Bag Dispenser.

It attaches to most leash types, bags and belts. And it includes two rolls of bags. Super cool!

Rest

Rest is an often overlooked part of dog parenting.

We may think our dogs know when to rest. But that’s not always the case. Just like no activity can bring undesirable habits, so can lack of rest. In order for a dog to sleep peacefully, just like us, they need their own space. Even in our RV, Digby’s favorite spot is his spot. His spot is his own with his favorite Tall Tails blanket!

Brickle is also a fan of his Tall Tails blanket on cold days. And we have had many of those lately! Life in an RV can be drafty. Life in an RV can be stressful. So giving him his own blanket is important to him. Yes. He even likes his blanket outside! What’s important to your dog?

We all do our best in taking care of our dogs. But we all can do better! Why? We will never be able to repay them for what they add to our lives. When we learn about ways to improve our methods, embrace them!

Does your dog need more exercise? Start increasing slowly. Consult your veterinarian and know your dog’s health and activity level. Plan a trip somewhere new and see your dog come alive!

Can your dog’s safe place and happy place be more safe? More happy?

See all the ways Tall Tails can start your dog on the trail to happy!

Get ready for those new trails with Tall Tails accessories!

Shop Brickle and Digby’s favorite things and find your dog’s favorite!

Check out www.talltailsdog.com

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Don’t forget! For every blanket sold on the Tall Tails website thru November, they will donate a blanket to a rescue or foster dog!

-Rachael Johnson, Founder of 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

Catch our daily dog blog every weekday at www.2travelingdogs.com

Although this post is sponsored and we received compensation, all opinions are our own.