Photo of Golden Retriever dog playing in the creek.

Did you know Canine Cabin Fever is a thing?

by Kris Phillips

From record low temps to “bomb cyclones” it’s hard to deny this winter has been gnarly. Even the most hard-core outdoor enthusiasts have struggled to enjoy much outside time. Which has left a lot of people struggling with feelings of stress, lethargy, lack of motivation, frustration, anxiety – Cabin Fever. And it turns out it’s not just people. Our pets suffer too.

In fact getting outside proved to be downright dangerous at times. A sudden up-kick of brutal hard, freezing winds turned our mid-day outing into an arctic survival experience. Less than a mile from the car when it started, both dogs were coated with ice by the time we made it back. Being of Northern bloodlines they didn’t seem overly phased by it. But it was shocking to see.

Is your dog showing signs of Cabin Fever?
Getting into trouble
Accidents in the house
Not wanting to play
More easily agitated
Withdrawn or Antisocial

The BEST news- Spring officially arrived on March 20th. We’re already getting sneak peaks at warmer weather. Which means more outside time!! Oh HAPPY DAY!!! (sing it with me now :))

In the meantime you can help your dog beat the blues
Use puzzle feeders to make mealtime more mentally challenging
Take advantage of the cool weather to go for car rides, especially if you’re just running errands. It wont be long before it’s too hot to be left in the car.
Thank Daylight Savings Time for a quick walk after work, even a short walk can give your dog the brain break they need to cope with being left at home all day.

Prepare for SPRING!!!
Getting ready for warmer weather will help you shake off any winter blues.
Check stock in your hiking gear.
Buy new hiking boots.
Chat with your vet about parasite protection.
(I actually saw mosquitoes a couple days ago!!)
Book your Spring photo session.

Spring has barely arrived and as of this posting I’ve only got 4 session openings left for April, and 8 for May. If you want one, claim it now.

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