WINTER ACTIVITIES WITH YOUR DOG IN BC
What are your favourite winter activities with your dog in BC? We’ve already covered our top picks for Vancouver, so this list will include the rest of the Lower Mainland and beyond. From relaxing to invigorating, indoor to outdoor, we’ve done our best to offer a variety of options to keep it interesting throughout the colder months. Rain, shine, or snow, you’ll have a great time bonding with your dog through these fun activities.
You may want to stay cozy indoors during the winter, but joining a dog sport will give you the motivation you need to get out there. Working with a team or trainer can help you get immersed in a new activity with your dog. From agility to protection sports, there’s something for everyone. Dog sports will keep your dog’s mind and body active, so it’s an all-around great way to pass the winter months. We offer training that can help your dog in any sport, and we also have a club of our own: Superior Canine PSA (Protection Sports Association).
If you enjoy the snow, then snowshoeing should go at the top of your list of winter activities with your dog in BC. There are tons of dog-friendly trails to explore. Start off by thinking about your dog’s fitness level, then make sure you pack all of the basics. In addition to keeping your dog on-leash, you may want to bring along a jacket, water bowl, and towel or blanket for them. Your dog may get tired out due to the cold weather and snowy trek, so be prepared to keep it quick.
POLAR BEAR SWIM
Every year on New Year’s Day, communities around the province host polar bear swims in freezing water. It can be fun to take part, but keep in mind your dog’s safety. They may prefer to only follow you a few steps into the water instead of actually swimming. Once again, you’ll want to come prepared with a towel and blankets on hand. Also keep in mind that not all beaches are dog-friendly or allow off-leash swimming.
PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA
Escape the cold with this cute dog-friendly experience. It’s a fun tradition to take dog photos every year, and you’re sure to love looking back on the memories and photos. SPCA and pet stores across BC offer pet-friendly photos with Santa. All you need to do is check the listings for your city. Are photos with Santa on your list of winter activities with your dog in BC? If not, consider making this the year you start. As a bonus, the photos are perfect for Christmas cards!
ON-LEASH AND OFF-LEASH DOG PARKS IN BC
Don’t let the winter weather get you down, take the opportunity to get outside and explore a new dog-friendly park. If it’s raining, you can even drive to a location with better weather, or opt for a park with dense tree cover to keep you dry. Better yet, embrace the rain and take your dog for a swim in a lake or ocean. No matter what you’re looking for, our huge variety of dog-friendly parks in BC is sure to offer just what you’re hoping to find. Read our Guide to Local Dog Parks for a full breakdown of new places to check out with your pup.
Embrace the cold and explore new activities this winter. If you’re near the city, don’t forget to take a look at our list of dog-friendly winter activities in Vancouver, too. We’re fortunate to live in a place where most people embrace the outdoors, so there’s a variety of events, activities, and locations to check out. Taking the time to introduce your dog to new situations is sure to strengthen your bond and create memories you’ll cherish for years to come. Which of these winter activities with your dog in BC are you going to check out first?
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