When your pet’s playful nature scurries rapidly through mountains of fluffy white snow, the enthusiasm levels increase by 100. It makes us want to spin the snow on the spot to experience a tiny bit of their excitement.
Even if your dog isn’t naturally snow-loving and needs an outfit consisting of shoes and coats before putting one paw on the ground, They still love the cold winter air and the essential dog news it brings. The question is, why do dogs love snow so often? It’s because it’s fascinating.
Why Do Certain Dogs Like Snow?
The dogs love snow for many similar reasons we do, according to Amelia Wieber, CCBC, CPDT, CCBC, FFCP, and a Daily Paws Advisory Board member.
“It transforms the appearance of the landscape. It’s enjoyable to play with and it’s a great feeling (pun meant!) to roll around in the dirt,” Says Wieber, the proprietor of Caring Behavior in Frederick, Colo.
Let your doggie side out for a second. Imagine taking your usual stroll around the neighborhood to get your everyday workout. Then, your dog walks into a park with substantial white piles of junk, lets go of your leash, and tells you to “go!” Then, the whole world is transformed when all your senses are activated, including your incredible sniffer, which has over 200 million receptors for scent. It’s impossible not to be bouncing around.
“Snow is likely to have its own scent for dogs. It could disguise or enhance the scents of other scents, regardless of whether they were laid prior to or during, or even after the snow has fallen,” Wieber says. “Snow can also provide dogs with an additional layer of snow to search through for the critters that are hiding and also covered foods as well as footprints left by tracks are easier to follow and thus easier to spot.”
Certain dogs enjoy having a supper of the snow. Also, some dogs love eating snow. So long as it’s clear and clean, a little is fine, but you need to be mindful of what the surface is and what could be in that (avoid those yellow snowflakes and melting ice).
Tips for Snow Safety
Depending on your pet’s activity level and tolerance to cold temperatures, many enjoyable snow-related activities make playtime more exciting for your pet. From the mountains and sledding to skiing or simply playing, virtually every sport you can imagine will be more physically and mentally stimulating when it’s snowing.
Wieber suggests that you keep snow play safe by:
- Take a walk in a field with an off-leash or on a leash in a secure space.
- Leash and harness when in areas with frozen ponds to stop your dog from sliding into the ice.
- Be aware of their level of comfort, too. Shivering or limping can signify it’s time to head to the bathroom. Follow these steps to clean the snow and ice off of their feet.
If it’s time to go to the comfort of your home, end the party by taking a long winter’s sleep on a comfortable mattress.