Okay, it’s February in Colorado. Traditionally, it’s not our coldest month, but it seems we could always count on chilly days. Not so this year. Lately, our temperatures have been hitting the mid-sixties and even the mid-seventies and it’s awesome.
Enjoy it! Don’t miss this chance to soak up the sunshine and revel in the fact that you live in the Centennial State where the weather can change at the drop of a hat. You know you’ll feel great and vets have long touted the benefits for doggies as well.
It’s tough to exercise pets in the cold and snowy months and unfortunately, a lack of activity can lead to a number of health and psychological issues. On the other hand, a little bit of exercise can contribute to the well-being of your furry friend. In addition to the obvious signs of a happy dog, exercise also:
- promotes good digestion;
- causes the brain to release endorphins which contributes to positive feelings;
- stimulates the senses;
- aids in weight control;
- relieves stress and anxiety;
- strengthens muscles and increases agility and flexibility; and
- contributes to deeper sleep and a more beneficial rest.
So grab the leash and motion to your best friend that you’re headin’ out and about and then stand back and watch doggie come alive! It doesn’t have to be a big deal day trip — although that would be wonderful. Just start the ball rolling.
What’s your pleasure? A short brisk walk? A 10k run? A little catch with a tooth marked frisbee or well-worn tennis ball? A little tug of war? Perhaps the challenge of a great obstacle course? Mix it up and you’ll soon see which activities are high on doggie’s favorites list.
Depending on where you live, you have a wide variety of possible destinations for your mid-February romp. Colorado has done a great job in making sure that doggies have a place to play and work out. Dog parks, on-leash trails and dog-friendly public spaces are numerous and it’s just a matter of knowing where to look. Google search for “(city) dog parks” to locate your options or check out just some of the links offering lists and maps for your area and interests.
We’re lovin’ this February weather and wish you all of the benefits of the Colorado sunshine — including a warm nap at the end of the day.