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Feel the burn by snowshoeing with your dog

Feel the burn by snowshoeing with your dog

Just because it’s winter in Buffalo, NY doesn’t mean you and your pup need to go into hibernation mode until May. In fact, most of the dogs we work with absolutely love the cold weather, and can exercise at a higher intensity and for a longer duration now than in the summer.

One of my favorite winter activities to do with my dog Noki is snowshoe hiking. Even with few inches of snow, a 30-45 minute snowshoe is a great workout for the both of us. The snow adds extra resistance that really gets your heart rate up and works all the major lower-body muscles. In fact, according to SnoeshoeMagazine.com, snowshoeing can burn 45% more calories than normal walking at the same speed (for humans). I can usually tell when Noki is getting tired when she goes from romping through fresh snow to searching for a path to walk through. Plus, it’s a low-impact activity, which makes it a good option in between running days.

In additional to the physical demands, trudging through the snow provides a ton of mental stimulation for dogs. The same park you walk through every day in the spring, summer, and fall all of a sudden becomes a new adventure for Rover.

Snowshoeing with your dog

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • Snowshoes – try renting before you buy
  • Waterproof boots or running shoes
  • Hiking or skiing gaiters – for extra protection against soggy feet
  • Dog leash – 6 ft. is a good length
  • Dog harness

At Dash, we offer dog snowshoe hiking services on a limited basis. Since the activity is very dependent on the weather and snow conditions, it’s best to substitute a snowshoe for an existing running appointment. Contact us for more information and availability.