Things to Keep in Mind When Walking Your Dog During the Winter

Dogs are like humans, they can get really cold when it is snowy and can heat up when it gets really hot. But the good news is that unlike some humans, most dogs love the winter weather. But getting used to the winter doesn’t mean you should subject the dog to extremely cold weather – there are health implications. So, whether hot or cold, as a dog owner, you are obligated to protect them in all weather. In this article, we will be listing some of the things you need to have in mind when you decide to take your dog out for a walk. Read on.

4 Things you Need to Know When Walking Your Dog

  1. Bundle Up

Whether 60 or 6 degrees, it is important that you are properly dressed for the occasion. Attention should not only be channeled on the dog alone, the owner’s health should be prioritized as well. Wear a comfortable winter suit, and good friction-enabled shoes that won’t slip on ice in case the dog starts pulling you along. Warm up your hands with gloves or mittens so as not to lose grip on your leash. Note, that the best way to protect your dog in harsh winter is to first protect yourself. 

  1. Bundle Up the Dog

Now it is time to suit up your dog, although some dogs like Saint Bernards, Alaskan Malamutes, and Huskies can be said to have already been bundled up with their natural hair. Dogs are more comfortable when suited with some comfortable sweaters. Also, look out if your dog has long hair, if it doesn’t, it is important that you have them wear a winter coat because they are more vulnerable than those with longer hair. But in a situation where it is snowy and raining, we recommend you have them wear a water-resistant coat or rain-slicker.

  1. Use Leash

We will have to repeat this: “Always have a leash,” even if your dog perfectly obeys commands, and won’t run off without your instruction, the truth is that dogs can get unpredictable sometimes. The thing is, dogs recognize their environment with structures and landscape, but when it snows, these things can change; snow can cover and change the appearance of these things: structures and landscapes. This can make your dog have a hard time finding its way back home, thus, getting lost. So, no matter how obedient your dog is, “always use leash” on them just in case.

  1. Be Conscious Out There

There are many potential dangers of walking your dog during winter. Since everywhere looks frozen, you hardly know whether it is solid ground and an iced floor. So, in this case, stay away from ponds, driveways (which are usually slippery), big gullies, etc. even if it appears solid. Always follow the main sidewalk area and path that you are familiar with because as intelligent as dogs are, they can’t easily spot those areas that might have been covered by ice. So, you must always lead the way at all times.

Finally, you have to understand that winters can be a trying time for some dog owners, especially when it has to do with walking their dogs. Also, we will like to add that you need a pet-safe ice melter on either your driveway or sidewalks, encourage your neighbors to do the same. Again, once in a while, visit the Dog Walkers Barrie online platform for more professional tips on how to walk your dog.