Dogs can play in the snow for hours and suffer no damage. It is common for dogs to suffer burns from hot pavement in the summer, but I lived in the mountains for years and never heard of a dog suffering frostbite on the paws. A more likely problem is snow balls that may develop on the hair between the pads.
Lizzy, our 4-year old English bulldog is an angel except for one problem. She is crazy about retrieving balls. As soon as she sees the ball, she barks and jumps and begs until we throw it and ignores everything else. How do we stop this obsession?
Dogs glean more information from sniffing than a human can learn about another human in a week of conversation. With one sniff, a dog can determine health, age, sex, mood, attitude, diet, and a dozen other useful bits of information.
DEAR OLD TRAINER: My 2-year-old boxer, Annie, obeys all her commands except when we walk on the park trails. She is strong and pulls on the leash all the time. I switched to an expandable leash like you recommend, but she still tires me out. I am about to give up and quit walking her. What can I do?
Old dogs learn faster – and remember longer – than young dogs because their brains are more developed and used to learning. The only limitation is they have less energy to apply to learning as they age.