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It's really fun, says science.
Stanley Coren, a scientist and Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and expert in canine psychology, said that many dogs love snow in the way that a toddler loves snow -- it’s simply fun to play with.Scientists and dog behavior experts agree that Nordic breeds – your huskies, malamutes, etc. – exhibit an enthusiasm backed by science: Their thick, insulating coats enable them to have fun crushing pow longer than shorter-haired breeds, who might get bored or simply too cold to have fun.
“Dogs like to manipulate their environment,” Coren said. “They will play in pile of leaves, just like the way kids do -- the mind of a dog is very much like that of a two-year-old.”
Snow, Coren said, provides dogs with a new experience, a new material to interact with -- which is fun and exciting.
“They will roll and bounce in it -- it’s really the fun of manipulating something,” he said. “It is essentially play behavior.”