how to hygge with your hound this winter

Winter is coming, and to get the most out of it we recommend embracing the Danish and Norwegian ethos of hygge (pronounced hue-guh). It’s mulled wine and log fires, autumnal walks and Ugg boots, excessive pillows and John Candy movies. In other words, it’s the best way to spend winter with your dog.

We’ve put together our definitive guide to hygge-ing with your hound while keeping them healthy below

get comfy

If you are truly to master the art of hygge its essential you and your pooch take your comfort levels to new and profound heights. There’s two areas of the house you’ll want to focus on: the bedroom, where its impossible to have too many pillows, rugs and throws and the lounge, where it’s also impossible to have too many pillows, rugs and throws. Get inspired by Ikea’s Pet Range or even carry them around in your jumper.

You may also want to consider giving your four legged friend a two handed massage. Over winter dogs’ joints can get a bit stiffer and so a gentle massage of the neck, shoulders and legs can help relieve soreness and improve mobility particularly before or after a walk. Its especially great for older dogs.

Hygge-ing done right, customised pyjamas with your dog’s face on them from Patricia’s Couture

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eat like kings

While you indulge in casseroles, curries or even a full Christmas in July feast, don’t forget your dog might also enjoy a winter warmer. You can add warm water to your Balanced Life dog food (try to keep it under 60C to maximise nutrition) or even mix with bone broth for a super nutritious hot dinner. Bone broth in particular is full of glucosamine and chondroitin which will help their joints.

And while you’re crashing on the sofa with a box set and a glass of wine consider treating your dog to a healthy snack too.

rug up for a wintry walk

Lots of dogs put on a little extra weight over winter as occasional bad weather can put the brakes on a regular walk. Its important to keep offering them opportunities for exercise, particularly off the leash so rug up and embrace the cold. There’s lots of amazing winter walks out there and you could even plan a walk that ends in a dog friendly café or pub

Going to a winery with a dog in a jumper is #hygge photo: @leothefrenchie_dong

Balanced Life is an Australian-made range of air dried raw food and treats for dogs and cats. We want to give pets the healthiest nutrition possible for a happy, healthy life.

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