There is something truly special about bundling up and playing in the white, fluffy stuff with your dog.
Winter time can be so peaceful and the crisp air can revitalize the senses.
My favorite winter activity to do with my dogs is snowshoeing. Have you tried it?
Maybe this is the year that you should. It’s a lot of fun.
UPDATED: January 8, 2023
The Top 5 Reasons You Should Try Snowshoeing with Your Dog
1) It extends your hiking season
You don’t have to stop exploring the wilderness just because there is a little snow covering the trails.
2) 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 than you do walking your dog.
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.
4) 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.
Don’t believe me? Wait until you see your dog’s eyes light up.
5) It’s FUN!
Snowshoeing is almost as easy as walking and it’s a good way to make special memories with your friends – both furry and not-so-furry.
Snowshoeing with your dog is fun.
It’s also a fun way to keep active during the winter.
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.
If you’re in Washington, check out these easy dog friendly snowshoeing trails near Seattle and find out other places in the state your dog can snowshoe with you.
About the Author
Hi, I’m Jessica. I’ve been studying the Dachshund breed since 2007, owned 3 of my own, and shared in the lives of thousands of others through their owner’s stories. When I’m not sharing what I know on this blog, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.