Ain’t dogs more loyal than humans? Amongst all the animals, dogs are man’s best friend. They are always there to greet us when we return back home after a tiring day. They want to play and cuddle with us and most of all go outside and also enjoy going for long walks with their masters.
It is essential not only in winter but all year round to make sure that we take our dogs for walks and give them enough exercise. They are required to walk in order to maintain their health and just like us, their mental wellness. But in winter, it can be difficult for dogs to walk on the ice or snow, or even be in the cold weather for long periods of time.
You should be careful of the environment you decide to walk in and make sure that you are not walking them in areas where they might get hurt. Find cleared-off paths, or easily accessible walkways to ensure neither of you finds yourself slipping or falling. Anything below 32°F is safe but once you get below 20°F be aware that dogs could potentially develop hypothermia and frostbite.
As all of us suffer from cold during winter, so do the dogs. Taking your dog for a walk and to their toileting spot can be very difficult due to the low temperatures. Pick up the poo can be even worse! (But hey that’s why we exist…Request A Quote.)
We have some winter walking weather tips for you and your dog to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy.
- Bring water and snacks with you when going out during the colder months too, as they will need extra fluid intake because they cannot regulate their own body temperature much below 39°F (4°C) We found a great solution from YOGI Pet. This Portable dog water bottle is made of high-quality food-grade plastic, BPA-free, and lead-free. With this bottle, your pets are able to eat and drink anytime, anywhere. Enjoy happy outdoor time with your pet.
- Dress up in a coat or sweater to ensure you take the edge off. You need a coat so why don’t they? They can act as heat insulators as well as break the chilly wind that comes with that winter weather some days. An amazing company is called Puppy Protection a clothing company for dogs that has plenty of selection and choices. they also have a 10% off offer for first-time buyers and a great sale selection as well. Keep your dog styling and safe as you hit the paths in those colder winter months.
- Wear Booties to protect their paws and stay safe on the icy paths. first things first, the fit is super important. Boots should be comfortable and not too tight. And, of course, they need to actually stay on. You may have to try many pairs on your dog to find a good fit so be sure to bring your dog with you or ensure you can return them. A great brand is called Muttluks which offers several different varieties and options in color and style. If your dog will not wear boots another option is Paw Balm which is a waxy product that protects their paws from the cold and is an alternative to booties.
The following are some general tips to keep in mind before walking your dog during the winter:
- Keep your dog on a leash and under control at all times – if they are off leash and get scared or spooked and run off, the cold weather could cause potentially dangerous situations for them.
- Make sure that YOU are wearing warm clothes, boots, and gloves before taking your dog out for a walk, your dog needs you safe and healthy as well so be sure to take care of yourself before heading outside.
- Use a harness instead of a collar so that if your dog does slip on ice, he will not choke himself.
- Try to avoid walking in areas where there is ice or snow as these surfaces can be dangerous for both you and your pet.
- If possible, walk mid-morning or mid-day when it is the warmest and brightest.
The winter season is a great time to take your dog for a walk. The smell of a brisk winter day and the energy you use to walk in the colder weather is amazing for both you and your dog physically and mentally. Walking is known to decrease stress, calm your mind and get your heart rate up, all good things. When you are a healthy person you are a healthy pet owner. You can enjoy the outdoors, stay healthy mentally and physically, AND have some quality time with your pet
We hope our Winter Dog Walking Tips and product suggestions have been helpful for this time of year. The health of dogs and owners alike is of the utmost importance any time of year but the winter can be the most harmful. Have quality time together while maintaining health and wellness for you both!