Heckin’ Cold: Indoor, Off-Leash Fun For Colorado Dogs

One of the best parts of living in Colorado is chances galore to get outside with your dog: But what about those winter days when it gets—pardon our French (Bulldog)—heckin’ cold? Here are some ideas to help you and your dog can live your best indoor, off-leash Colorado life pawsible. 

Go for a swim. Step aside, landfluffers—your part fish pup will love these splashtastic activities. Canine & Conditioning Rehabilitation Group also offers recreational swimming in its heated pool seven days a week, but extreme athletes will love dock jumping at Jasper’s Splash Zone. While you escape for warmer weather, send your dog on his own vacation at Paradise 4 Paws, a doggy boarding and daycare facility with in-ground, bone-shaped splashing pools.

Take a new class. Judging by her *literal artistry* when it comes to garbage can excavation, your pal’s a dang genius. Teach your old dog new tricks by signing her up for training classes that go beyond sit, stay, ‘n come. An agility class will have Spot weaving between poles, jumping over objects, and conquering tunnels (here are some tips for getting started in agility), or letting her fur down during a freestyle dance class.  

Get in shape. Dogs are super confident and body positive, so can you think of anyone better equipped to be your gym bud? K9 Fit Club is a million times better than joining a regular gym, with classes for every human and doggo activity level including Bark & Burn, Boomer Fitness, Pupilates, Namasitstay, Tai Chi Wa Wa, and more. Pro tip: Bring the leash if your dog hasn’t quite mastered his “stay” position. 

Schedule puppy playtime. Just like you can’t miss your Thursday-night happy hours, many dogs thrive on socialization. Puppy playtime abounds at daycares like Camp Bow Wow and Canine Fitness & Fun Center, but you could also start your own indoor playgroup by renting space at House of Dog Training or Paw School and inviting your closest furry friends for a meetup. Squad up, pups.

Do a date night. You know your dog best, and if off-leash activities aren’t your bag of kibble, we’ve still got you covered. Snag our Dog-Friendly Indoor Brewery Pass for BOGO beer at 13 breweries around Denver, sniff out our dog-friendly directory for restaurants, stores, coffee shops, and more spots that are ready to welcome you and Fido with open paws. 

Bonesing for more ideas? Here are 37 that are sure to make winter fly by.

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