Dog training is fun, but training your dog or puppy in the cold winter months can be a real bummer! Below are a few services we offer at Lucky Paws that make training your dog in the winter much easier AND several tips for training your dog at home too!
Dog Board & Train Program
Did you know Lucky Paws has two different programs where we do most of the training for you? We offer a Board & Train Program where your dog goes through training while staying in our trainers home in East Bethel, MN.
In Home Dog Boot Camp
Rather keep your dog at home? We also offer an In Home Boot Camp Program where a trainer comes to your home in the Minneapolis metro area and suburbs and trains your dog for you, all you need to do is follow through.
Both programs allow for much faster training success because training is done by a professional.
Group Dog & Puppy Classes
Group classes are another great way to train your dog in the winter as classes are held indoors. Winter is a great time to take classes with your dog to expend some physical and mental energy since exercise can be a little harder to come by when the weather is cold.
Train your Dog at Home
If you and your dog don’t mind the winter weather, here are a few tips to stay comfortable while you are training.
- Have a pair of gloves specifically for dog training that you don’t mind if they get full of treat crumbs and slobber. They should be thin enough to easily grab and deliver treats, but warm enough to keep your fingers from freezing.
- Try using a Lickety Stik for treats so you don’t need to fumble with treats while you are wearing gloves.
- Use a waist leash so your hands can spend more time in your pockets.
- Acclimate your dog to wearing a coat or sweater (and maybe even some booties).
- Pick up some traction cleats to put over your boots so you are less likely to slip on ice.
- Keep your dogs paws off salty sidewalks and roads. If that just isn’t possible in your area, be sure to wipe off your dogs feet after you return from the walk.