Snow is falling in the mountains around here and in many parts of the country. There is something truly special about bundling up and playing in the white, fluffy stuff. Winter time can be so peaceful and the crisp air can revitalize the senses. I don’t know about you but I’m itchy to get out.
It can be fun to do something simple like throw hot chocolate in a thermos and head out to build a snowman or snow doggie. My favorite winter activity to do with Chester and Gretel though is snowshoeing. Have you tried it? Maybe this is the year that you should. It’s a lot of fun.
The Top 5 Reasons You Should Try Snowshoeing with Your Dog
#5 It extends your hiking season. You don’t have to stop exploring the wildnerness just because there is a little snow covering the trails.
#4 It’s an excellent way to stay in shape through the winter. Because you are walking on an uneven surface, and have to lift your legs higher so your snowshoes don’t catch on the snow, you may burn up to 50% more calories. (click here to see how many calories you can burn snowshoeing)
#3 It provides a new perspective on your favorite summer trails. A blanket of snow changes everything. It brings out the jagged relief of the mountains and makes them sparkle in the sun. I often find the winter view of peaks more awe-inspiring than in summer. The popular trails are usually less crowded in the winter too, which allows for a more peace and quiet.
#2 It provides a new sensory experience for your dog. The snow is like a blank canvas that highlights certain smells and blocks out the others. In the snow, your dog can REALLY experience the smells of rabbits, mice, and other wild animals that have crossed their path.
And the #1 reason?
It’s FUN! It’s almost as easy as walking and it’s a good way to make special memories with your friends – both furry and not-so-furry.
So be a little adventurous this year and give it a try. Before you go, be sure to check out the 7 Essential Rules for Snowshoeing with Your Dog