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 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.

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.

Woodland Tranquility Pathways Sniffspot

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!

Book here

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!

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

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 Use code 2TD to get an extra $15 after your first review.

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One Way Or Another

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Have you ever just had to keep putting one paw in front of the other and it is all you can do? But what if you are walking and you are concentrating on just walking and you forget to look at what you are walking on?


We have been so excited to be back that we can’t keep still! Our time schedules are all off too. The persons think it is six hours ahead since they have come back from that Italy place. We were used to eating earlier at Aunt Veronica’s house. The Big Blue Treat Wagon RV thinks it is time to just not work, and well, we are letting her rest. The persons have to make some big decisions here after visiting that Italy place. And so one way or another, we are going to do this, not be stressed about it, and just keep walking.

But we have to keep looking. Because the earth under our feet is trying to get us to fall. And we can’t do that.

Because in actuality, my motto always works. Don’t worry, be happy, things will work out the way that they should. It is when we get upset about expectations that fall through that we get sidetracked.

It’s like when I hope for pancakes for dinner, although I already had them for breakfast and lunch, and then I get a hamburger or whatever.  And I get disappointed.  But then the hamburger actually ends up having pancakes for buns.  And all is right in the world. When is dinner, by the way?


We have a lot of making up for being without the persons for two weeks.  But step by step, I say.  You can’t rush through every day trying to make up for days lost because you wouldn’t enjoy the day you are in now!  And every moment, whether in the past or in the present is preparing you for the future.  But sometimes, you have to sit.  Even us.  Traveling is good, but sometimes, you have to stop to figure out your next steps.  And since the Big Blue Treat Wagon is on a rest now, we are too. We have to put on our thinking caps now.  Mine is a pancake.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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