We had a huge snow fall yesterday-nearly a foot I think. It lasted all day. Kilo the rescue pug was horrified at first. He is definitely not a natural snow dog. He refused to go outside to go potty or go for a walk in the morning. I finally lured him out a short distance and he kept shaking snow off every few steps (he hates wearing a jacket so he went naked but the flakes annoyed him). He quickly turned, pulled me back and begged to be let back inside.
I couldn’t really blame him as he was nearly buried and had to jump like a rabbit to get through. By the evening, the snow had finally stopped falling and he was happier outside. He even tried to help my husband push the snow blower and found the action rather exciting.
Today was a little warmer and a different story. It had stopped snowing and the paths were clear. He actually enjoyed walking on the path, smelling and exploring. The snow banks were daunting as they were shoulder height, but fun to peer over looking for squirrels.I think I’ll take him out to the park with his long leash and let him race around if safe. He does love a sprint.
Dog Tricks and Games
To make up for the shorter walks, we did extra sprints and games inside. We worked on touch, peek-a-boo, roll over and other tricks. Roll over was a challenge as he seemed to feel a bit threatened. He often rolls on his back for me to tickle his tummy but he really did not like being asked to lie down, then roll over and play dead at first.
Green Beans for Treats
I went and got more fruit and vegetables to use for treats. He may not burn quite as many calories, but I still need lots of food rewards for him. We both enjoy snacking on carrot sticks and fresh green beans. Green beans seem like an excellent choice for him as he takes quite a while to eat them and they are low fat, low cal and healthy.
Anybody have any great bean recipes and treat ideas? More game and trick suggestions?
Happy Fit Dog Friday!