7 Tips for walking your dog in cold weather

Our expert guide to preparing your dogs for walks in cold weather

Dog walking in cold weatherCold weather can be tough for both you and your furry friend. Walking your dog in cold weather requires extra preparation and precautions to ensure their safety and well-being. 

In this blog, we'll share some essential tips to help you keep your dog warm and comfortable while walking in cold weather.

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Cold weather walks - dress your dog in a coat1. Dress your dog appropriately

Just like us, dogs need protection from cold weather. Depending on your dog's breed, size, and fur type, you may need to consider buying a jumper or coat to keep them warm.

Make sure the clothes fit well and don't restrict their movement. 

2. Watch for signs of discomfort

Dogs may not be able to communicate their discomfort or pain, so it's crucial to watch for signs of discomfort during your walk. 

If your dog starts shivering, lifting their paws, or whimpering, it's time to head back inside. Always pay attention to your dog's behaviour and body language.

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3. Adjust your walking schedule

During colder weather, it's best to walk your dog during the warmest part of the day. This is usually around midday when the sun is out and temperatures are a little higher. 

If you can't walk your dog during the day, try to find well-lit paths to walk on, and avoid walking in areas with lots of snow or ice.

Walk shorter distances with your dog when it's cold4. Keep your walks short

Short walks are better for dogs in cold weather. You may need to reduce your regular walking time by half or more. Dogs can get tired quickly in the cold, and it's essential to give them a break and allow them to rest when they need it.

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5. Protect their paws

Snow, ice, grit, and salt can cause irritation and injury to your dog's paws. Clean your dog's paws after each walk and apply a paw balm or petroleum jelly to protect them from cracking or drying out. Consider using dog booties or socks to protect your paws from the cold and any harmful chemicals on the ground.

6. Stay hydrated

It's essential to keep your dog hydrated, even during the winter months. Your dog may not feel as thirsty in cold weather, but they still need water to stay healthy. Offer your dog plenty of fresh water before and after a walk.

7. Avoid frozen rivers and ponds

Avoid walking near frozen lakes or ponds, as the ice may not be stable enough to support your dog's weight. Your dog could fall through the ice and get into serious trouble. Stick to well-lit, dry paths during the winter months.

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Dog walking tips for cold weatherYou’re now ready for cold doggy walks!

Before you set off on a walk with your dog in cold weather, make sure you take extra precautions and prepare as best you can.

It’s important to monitor your dog closely while out too. Watch for signs of discomfort and act quickly once you spot signs.

With these tips in mind, you and your furry friend can enjoy the winter season safely and comfortably. Don’t forget to wrap up warm yourself too! 

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