Some would consider winter the best season of the year. It's the perfect time to enjoy a hot drink by the fireplace, cuddle up in a warm blanket in front of a film, and give gifts to your loved ones. However, it's important to know that dogs need special attention in the winter. Here are a few tips on how to spend a better winter with your dog.

1. Some dogs are less active in the winter

Just like us, it's important that dogs stay both physically and mentally active. When they are confined indoors, they might start to become lazy and bored. An easy way to keep your dog active, while still staying in the warmth of your home, is to play hide-and-seek.

To do this, take one of your dog's favorite treats and hide it somewhere in your home. When your dog finds it, hide another one somewhere else.

Also, try to see if your dog finds you. This gives your dog's brain a nice little workout. When your dog finds you, give them a treat and start the game again!

2. Some dogs cough in the winter

While this may not apply to all dogs, a number of them may develop a cough during the winter. A simple solution to keep your dog warm and prevent coughing is to give your dog warm water to drink in the winter. If the cough is severe, you should consult a veterinarian.

3. Wet footprints everywhere!

When people think of winter, they usually think of snow and cold temperatures. Depending on where you live, this may or may not be true. If you live in a snowy area, your dog might leave your house a bit dirty after they come back from their walks.

To prevent your dog from spreading wet footprints all around your house, you can buy a floor mat dedicated to dogs. This kind of mat has small fibers that absorb water, a bit like bathroom mats. These mats also absorb snow, keeping the floors of your house nice and clean.

These mats are also machine washable. Ideally, it's best to have two of them.

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We hope these tips will help you spend a better winter with your dog! If you have any other helpful tips, please share them with us in the comments!

Source : iheartdogs

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