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.

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!

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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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Building Confidence In Your Dog With Sniffspot

This editorial blog post is sponsored by Sniffspot! Sniffspot is like an AirBnb for dogs! Find a Sniffspot near you or find out how you can become a host and earn extra money with your yard or private space! Use code 2TD and earn an extra $15 when you sign up to be a host. Find out more at www.sniffspot.com

It didn’t happen overnight. When we adopted Digby Pancake from our local shelter, he was scared. Scared of loud noises. Scared of the car. Scared of new places. Scared that dinner would be late.

Adopting dogs was new to me. We never dealt with anxiety issues before Brickle and Digby. I was unprepared, and my first instinct was to just not expose Digby to anything that might make him uncomfortable. At the time, we both worked full time outside the home. We didn’t feel comfortable leaving Brickle and Digby home alone for extended periods. And I found myself researching daycares. But one thing stood in the way of this plan. Digby would have to ride in a car. It seems so crazy now that we live in an RV!

I decided to do a “test drive” with Brickle and Digby the night before their first day of play. As expected, they didn’t want to get in the car. And halfway around the block, Digby threw up. I second and third guessed my decision to expose them to more car rides, activities and people. But as I often do, I did research. Books, online tutorials for rescuing dogs with behavior issues all suggested exposing them to new places, new people, new experiences on a repeated basis. Why? Confidence. Building their confidence.

I think that this is often overlooked by dog parents. We want our dogs to be happy, but sometimes, happiness has to be worked for. Digby was a hunting dog and scared of loud noises. Actually, he still jumps nine years later, at the sounds of gunshots or cars backfiring. But his reactions have gotten better! Why? He’s been working on his confidence.

When we learned of a new, innovative app and website called Sniffspot, I immediately knew this was a game changer.

Brickle and Digby had issues with triggers such as noises, cars and crowds. But some dogs have issues with other dogs, other people, anxiety and more. Sniffspot could be, and in our opinion is, a way to build a dog’s confidence safely in rented, private playspaces. Some are backyards, some are acres of land, some are indoor spaces. But why is confidence key for a dog’s happiness and how can Sniffspot help?

1. Exposure Management

This is when we start associating things our dogs are fearful of with new, pleasant experiences! Sniffspot’s network of different spaces to rent by the hour are all different. Find a spot that fits your dog’s needs!

Blackpond Farm, Snohomish, Washington USA

2. Find An Environment That Proves Your Dog Is A Success!

Sitting at home with your dog, thinking of all that can go wrong in the outside world only causes more fear. Find a small yard or space that your dog can feel confident in. Try playing their favorite game or activity in a new space!

Mill Creek, Washington

3. Introduce New People And Dogs

As your dog’s confidence grows, try introductions on neutral grounds! Sniffspot hosts may sometimes have the option of their dogs as playmates. Take advantage of this great opportunity!

Brockel Dog Ranch, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Building a dog’s confidence will take time and patience.

But part of that journey, and how successful they will be is dependent on our attitude. And Sniffspot can help us too. With a growing community of dog parents who are hosts and guests on Sniffspot, the opportunity for support is endless. Be a part of this growing community and find out more at www.sniffspot.com

124 Acre Conservation Farm, Shelton, WA

Sniffspot is like an AirBnb for dogs! Download the app or go to their website for more information!

Sign up to be a host and earn money with your yard!

Use code 2TD when signing up and get an extra $15 after your first review!

When I think of how far we have come together I am proud.

No. Not proud of myself. But proud that the “issues” I thought Brickle and Digby had were manageable because we believed in each other.

It wasn’t easy, and I never could have imagined the paths we would take. I wish that Sniffspot would have been available to us then. No matter if your dog is young, or just young at heart, let Sniffspot help you both grow your confidence. Together! You can do it!

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

Although this blog post is sponsored, all opinions are our own.