There's something about warmer weather, beaming sunshine, and lively trees that invite us outside—begging us to explore a new park or hit a local trail for a run. As the winter months drag on, it can be harder and harder to want to get out, but we think the more you take on the challenge, the more you (and your dog) will start to enjoy it! Staying active throughout the year is essential for mental and physical well-being. Before you take on the cold, be sure to check out our tips below. 

Plan Ahead

It’s always in your best interest to plan ahead before any outdoor adventure, but in the winter months, it is arguably even more so. Before loading up the car, make sure you’ve checked the weather, dress you and your dog appropriately, and review our 11 Essentials for Hiking with Your Dog  list. 

Eat Smart 

Proper nutrition is essential for extended active time. Be sure the fuel you’re serving to your dog not only fills them up, but is formulated for long-lasting nutrient release. Eating a well-balanced diet of proteins, fats, vitamins, and other nutrients keeps you both happier and outside longer. Our recipes are formulated with just the right ingredients to fuel your dog’s next adventure.


Layer Up

By now, it’s probably second nature for you to reach for your warm, puffy coat before heading out, but have you thought about how your dog’s body handles the varying elements? Ruffwear makes a series of outerwear to help your dog tackle their next exploration. One of our favorites for winter months is their jacket-harness combo


Protect Your Paws and Feet 

Proper footwear is the key to success for any trail, regardless of the terrain. Wearing hiking footwear with good traction and ankle support will help get you to that next ridgeline and back home again safely. Depending on the conditions, your dog could benefit from boots too. Proper paw-wear will help protect their paw’s from the elements.

Stay Hydrated

Due to the cooler temps that winter brings, it’s easy not to drink as much water. It’s important to be intentional about your dog’s water consumption during activities. This Highwave bottle makes it effortless to keep your dog hydrated on the go. 

Share Your Adventures!

The adventure doesn’t have to stop when you step off the trail, encourage your friends to get out by sharing your adventures on social media. Be sure to tag us at @TriumphPetFood so we can repost your explorations. 

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