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Tips For Walking Your Dog This Winter

Tips For Walking Your Dog This Winter - Dec 2021

Bundle Up!

Some dog breeds like Alaskan Malamutes, Huskies, and Saint Bernard are more comfortable as the temperature drops. Although many dogs will be more comfortable with a coat or sweater to protect them from the elements. Dogs who are rather young, older, or have a physical disability that prevents their warmth should bundle up before heading outside in the cold of winter. Opt for a warm sweater if it’s a dry cold. Or, if it’s rainy or snowy out, a rain-slicker or a water-resistant coat.

Protect the Paws

Dog’s paws are amazing, but they aren’t immune to the blistering cold. Dangers like ice, snow, salts, ice-melting chemicals, and sharp objects hidden beneath the snow. If your dog will tolerate them, the very best winter walking defense is a pair of water-resistant dog booties.

Take Shorter Walks

During the winter, shorten your dog’s walks to reduce their exposure to the harsh climate. Time permitting, take them for a larger number of shorter walks, so that your pet can get enough exercise. If your dog picks up their paws, licking their paws, whining, or shivering, that’s a sign your walk is too long and you should take them home immediately.

Choose an Effective Leash

Use a solid leash, not a retractable one, for better control. One option is a jogger leash that goes around your waist and attaches to the dog’s collar. This type of leash leaves your hands free and stays hooked, regardless of whether you slip on the icy surface.

Walk Slowly

Do not hurry! Give yourself plenty of time and stay for a walk. If you are at all nervous about falling, try to stay near something like a fence, so you can grab onto it if you fall.