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Winter Sucks. Here Are 9 Creative Ways Your Dog Can Make It Better.

This post is pawwered by the folks at Kurgo, whose safety harnesses and outdoor gear allow you to bring your dog with you wherever you go. Kurgo provides products that make trips with your dog safer and more enjoyable. As spring approaches, there's not much time left to take advantage of all the fun winter activities you and your dog haven't done yet. Sure, you've made snow angels together and frolicked through the snow, but there are still adventures to be had. So we came up with a winter bucketlist of must-dos we know you and your pup will enjoy, and we also know of a Great Outdoors Giveaway where you can win $500 of Kurgo outdoor products to accommodate your canine adventures! kurgo20 Here are 9 things you absolutely have to do with your dog before the end of winter. 1. Skijoring Not only is it really a word, but it's a legitimate sport you can do with your dog. Grab a pair of skis, a Kurgo adjustable Quantum Leash, and let the adventure begin! [caption id="attachment_35822" align="aligncenter" width="600"]kurgo6 Image via The Morning District[/caption] There's even a version for your pup. [caption id="attachment_35825" align="aligncenter" width="600"]kurgo7 Image via Imgarcade[/caption] 2. Snowshoe Trek A little snow shouldn't keep you from undertaking a mighty hike through the seasonal tundra. Just pack your Baxter Dog Backpack with a few snacks and extra gloves before you go. [caption id="attachment_35828" align="aligncenter" width="600"]kurgo8 Image via EdBookPhoto[/caption] 3. Snow Frisbee Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean your dog won't want to play. Give her the most epic game of fetch as she plows through the drifts of snow, leaping to catch the frisbee. Then, on the way home, she can rest on your Allagash Bench Seat Cover to keep her warm and your seats dry. [caption id="attachment_35838" align="aligncenter" width="600"]kurgo9 Image via Yahoo!News[/caption] 4. Tracking Not to be confused with hunting, scent tracking is like an elaborate game of hide-and-seek for your dog. Look for curious tracks in the snow, like rabbit or deer, then familiarize your pup with the scent and let her lead the way. [caption id="attachment_35841" align="aligncenter" width="600"]kurgo10 Image via Wuppenif[/caption] But don't forget to keep her warm with Kurgo's North Country Dog Coat. [caption id="attachment_36045" align="aligncenter" width="600"]kurgo19 Image via Kurgo[/caption] 5. Sledding Not dog sledding, but sledding with your dog! Most people don't know that dogs are natural sledders. Put your Loft Dog Travel Bed in the car and take off to the nearest winter wonderland, then race to the top of the hill to see who can reach the bottom first. [caption id="attachment_35799" align="aligncenter" width="618"]kurgo4 Image via Giphy[/caption] 6. Build A Snowman You deserve this one. Building a snowman is the classic winter activity that the whole family can enjoy, and you can do it wherever you find snow. Just make sure your pup keeps his paws warm with some Step & Strobe Dog Shoes. [caption id="attachment_35843" align="aligncenter" width="600"]kurgo12 Image via Auggie Doggy[/caption] 7. Snow Kayaking No, really. It's like sledding, but faster and with sharper turns. Just add dog and you've got a thrillarious activity for you and your pup. We recommend a Reflect And Protect Dog Vest to increase your pup's visibility on the slopes. [caption id="attachment_35792" align="aligncenter" width="600"]kurgo1 Image via Purdue Outing Club[/caption] [caption id="attachment_35795" align="aligncenter" width="600"]kurgo2 Image via Jackson Kayak[/caption] 8. Organized Snowball Fights Also known as Yukigassen and made popular in Japan, organized snow ball fights are a growing trend. If your dog's up for it, he'd probably make a great defensive player. [caption id="attachment_35800" align="aligncenter" width="600"]kurgo5 Image via Giphy[/caption] And you can record it all with your GoPro-compatible Tru-Fit Smart Harness. [caption id="attachment_36001" align="aligncenter" width="600"]gopro Image via Kurgo[/caption] 9. Volunteer After all the fun you've had, doesn't somebody else deserve a chance? Safety is always the most important factor to any outdoor activity. Others watch over you so you and your dog can have fun. Be a sport and do the same. We all know dogs are amazing service animals, and with a Kurgo First Aid Kit you and your pup can really make a difference. [caption id="attachment_35796" align="aligncenter" width="600"]kurgo3 Image via Alyeska Resort[/caption] Enter now for your chance to win $500 of Kurgo outdoor products in the Great Outdoor Giveaway. kurgo20
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