Staying social is important for dogs, but this can be a challenge in the winter. Thankfully, there are ways to make sure your dog gets plenty of interaction with other dogs during this time of year.
Benefits of Being Social
Dogs need to be able to spend time with other dogs in order to build healthy socialization skills. Some dogs end up becoming fearful or aggressive around unfamiliar dogs if they’re not around other dogs much in general. Giving dogs plenty of chances to socialize helps them become more comfortable around other dogs. They learn how to behave appropriately while playing and interacting with other dogs.
Being social also provides dogs with opportunities to stay mentally stimulated while also getting physical activity. When dogs run around and play with other dogs, they’re burning off mental and physical energy, which helps reduce the risk of boredom. Dogs can develop behavioral problems, such as chewing household items, when they’re bored and don’t have enough mental and physical stimulation.
Ways to Stay Social in Winter
Although socializing offers important benefits for dogs, it’s not always easy to find ways to do this in winter. When it’s cold and snowy out, you’re not likely to find other dogs and dog owners at the local dog park. If it’s really cold, you also have to limit the amount of time your dog spends outside for safety reasons.
DoGone Fun provides convenient ways for you to make sure your dog stays social this winter. Our doggy daycare services offer a safe place for your dog to play with other dogs throughout the season. This is a great option if you have to work all day and can’t be around your dog. At doggy daycare, your dog can spend several hours a day interacting with other dogs in a supervised setting. No matter what the weather’s like outside, your dog will be able to socialize all season long.
You can also rent the playroom at DoGone Fun on Sundays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm for special events. Whether you want to throw your dog a birthday party, schedule a play date or host a group event, you can rent the indoor playroom to provide dogs with a warm, dry area to burn off energy. When you rent this space, you’ll also have a staff member on hand to keep the dogs entertained with fun and games.
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