Here it is, winter has come, days are shorter. However, it doesn’t mean that you can stop walking your dog. Dogs still need their daily walks, for both their physical and mental health. But how do you protect your pet from the cold? How do you keep your dog comfortable and safe in winter? Here is our advice to help you enjoy outdoor time during winter.
Tip #1: protect your dog from the cold
- Cover them up for your daily walks
It is chilly out and your dog may suffer from it. If she is used to sleeping outside, you’ll just have to make her shelter a little warmer and cozier. You won’t need to cover your dog up with an extra layer of clothes. Certain breeds of dogs have a thick fur coat that naturally protect them from cold temperatures. However, if your dog is used to living inside the house, you may want to use a winter coat. Its fur has not developed with the natural season cycle, your dog is therefore unable to withstand cold temperatures. Aging or sick dogs may also have trouble protecting for the cold naturally.
- Look after their paws
Your dog’s paws are in direct contact with the frozen ground. Plus, road salt can be extremely irritating. Prevent frostbites and cracks with a moisturizing balm or anti-slip paw wax. You can also find little slippers to put on each paw to protect them.
Tip #2: keep your dog safe during your walks
- Keep your dog visible
The sun sets early, make sure that your dog stays visible to other walkers and drivers. You can find reflective vests and lamps to attach to your dog’s collar.
- Prefer well-lit paths
For safety, stay on well-lit paths for your walks. You’ll be more visible for cars and other walkers.
- Get a GPS collar for your dog
With Weenect Dogs 2, you can’t lose track of your dog. A device that comes handy, especially when your dog has a history of running away, even in the dark.
Tip #3: adjust your schedule
- Keep your walks short
You must maintain a regular schedule for your walks, even in cold weather. However, if temperatures drop, shorten the walk, or even cancel it one day if you think it is necessary.
- If your dog shows the need for it, divide your daily walk in shorter walks
You can always take your dog out for two short strolls instead of one long walk. If your dog can’t do without her daily exercise, it’ll allow her to enjoy the outdoors without suffering from the cold.
- Play games
If you are outside too, play with your dogs. It’ll keep her active and warm. Playing inside the house is also a great way to exert your dog and make up for the shortened walks.
Tip #4: Avoid snow eating
Even if a dog seems thirsty, you shouldn’t them eat snow. It is often mixed with road salt and antifreeze, and can be very harmful to our four-legged friends.
Tip#5: After a walk
Back home after a walk, make sure you provide certain care before you let your dog go back to her basket.
- Clean her paws
It’ll allow you to wipe the snow and itchy salt off your dog’s paws. Also check that there is no ice between its pads.
- Dry her fur
It prevents your dog from getting cold.
- Rinse your dog’s boots or slippers
It allows to get rid of all traces of snow and prevent your dogs from ingesting snow or salt.
You see, if you’re well prepared, it is still possible to take your dog out for walks, even in the winter. Share your own cold-weather walking tips in the comments!