Winter walks with your puppy is going to be shorter unless you are a proud owner of Siberian husky, Alaskan Malamutes, Tibetan Mastiff and more such breeds who find the freezing temperature comforting.

Walking a dog is a part of both yours and your dear pet’s routine and you cannot really compromise on it. Thus, wintertime dog walks prove to be challenging. Every dog owner at this time of the year is on high alert for their dog walking safety.

Walking your dog during the winter months can be quite the challenge. The most primary precaution you take is to have it all bundled up but once you step outside there are multiple challenges that you might face depending on the weather conditions. Precautions are to be taken to keep your pet safe and warm during winters.

Listed below are tips that will ensure that your dog stays warm and safe even in freezing cold weather.

 

Avoid Metal And Risk Of Being Electrocuted

It is easy to neglect this, but by doing so you are only risking the life of your beloved dog. Most people let this advice slip by thinking of it as not a major concern. Well avoid being one such dog owner and be a tad bit more attentive of how this could affect your furry buddy’s health. Be a little more analytical when it comes to your pet’s safety in cold weather. The potential dangers of uncovered electrical wires spread recklessly on streets and swallowing metal objects can land your dog into a serious health condition.

It is rather important because in urban areas, at times metal have corroded electrical wires hidden underneath and this increases the risk of being electrocuted. This is why it is critical to ensure that your puppy stays away from pieces of metal with old wires. The last thing you want is for the moisture from snow to result in your dog getting electrocuted. Dogs also have a habit of licking onto things, so they are more at risk of licking a cold metal object so just keep an eye out while out on a walk. Stay Away From Snowdrifts

Snowdrifts are something you should stay clear off, as they form rapidly and can cover anything. Snow can be covered over metal, sharp objects, pile of garbage or hazardous item and your dog can injure himself if he lands on such a heap covered with snow. Best option to avoid such unfortunate event is by sticking to walking at a safe distance. Stick to walking in wide open spaces at parks or around small yards that are safe and your pet can enjoy running freely through the snow.

 

Careful With Ice

If at all possible, schedule your daily walks in the day time rather than in the evening. Firstly, the day is much warmer as compared to the chilly winter evenings and secondly, the streets are more visible in sunlight so you can avoid tripping over metal.

Ice surface is extremely slippery for both humans and dogs, so be very careful when crossing an icy path. If you are used to jogging or running on a normal weather day, then we advise that you go slow. Do not let your dog run across as this will ensure that it does not slip and injure himself. To avoid the risk of tripping over slippery streets, stick to ploughed sidewalks and trails. The same rule applies for your safety, better stick to walking during such weather condition.

 

Snow Is Not The Snack That Your Dog Can Devour

As mentioned earlier, dogs have a habit to lick and sniff anything and everything. This means that they will not shy away from licking the snow and eat everything they feel is edible.

No doubts, they will be tempted to eat snow which seems quite harmless, but you know better and it is a terrible idea. Licking or eating snow is harmful considering the chemicals or harmful objects that may be hidden in it.

Dress For The Weather

Similar to your kid, a dog too would require sweaters and boots before stepping out in such freezing conditions. As per the standard dog care rule, consider a coat or a sweater for your pet to wear during winter walks.  Dog breeds such as Chihuahuas, Greyhounds, Whippets, Miniature Pinschers and similar dogs who do not have long fur coats or enough body heat to stay warm will need an extra layer to keep them warm.

Protect those delicate paws from the brutality of cold, snow, ice, salt, and more things that can wreak havoc on your dog’s feet during winters. Boots are a must in this weather but besides do not forget to add a layer of protection by slathering on some petroleum jelly. In case you are just using petroleum jell due to the weather being reasonably cold, then be sure to wipe your dog’s feet before you come back inside.

Most of the dog breeds have little to no fur in their feel, which makes it mandatory to wear dog boots for walks. Consider getting doggie boots, as these will help keep the paws warm and offer protection. Boots are of more help than you think as they protect the paws, give your four-legged buddy a better grip and prevent them from accidentally stepping on objects buried under the snow. Wearing boots and sweater are the most primary safety measure any dog owner must consider.

 

Groom Them Right For The Weather

Trim your dog’s nails for better traction; if you do not trim their nails, then it increases their chances of slipping and sliding around. These chances multiply when there’s ice on the ground. So, be proactive and help your dog stay upright by cutting their nails regularly.

It is also advisable to keep your dog’s coat reasonably thick just to protect them from the harsh weather. Use dog clippers carefully and avoid the risk of trimming their coat extremely short. Groom them well to avoid turning the walk into an unpleasant experience.

 

Be Attentive

Pay attention when going out in snow with your pet because there are pretty good chances that they can get catch a cold despite of all the layers covering them.

Even if the dog is wearing a coat or sweater and boots, you must still keep a close watch on them. Remember, they are your priority at that moment and you cannot afford to lose focus throughout the walk. Be aware of frostbites where the skin is cold, pale and hard; it often turns red and puffy after it warms a bit.

If your pup starts to shake or shiver, it is a sign that he is too cold and needs to go home.

 

 

As a dog owner, you ought to know your pet’s breed well. Few dog breeds would beg to stay out for more than a shorter period of time, but other breeds such as Doberman or other short-haired dogs will prefer short walks. Stick to checking the watch and give them enough time suitable for their requirement. Be mindful if it’s freezing outside. If it’s too cold to step out, choose to stay at home with some hot chocolate for yourself and treats for the little furry bundle!

 

Author Bio:

Anna Barton loves to spend quality time with her puppy Coco and has always been a dog enthusiast. In her free time she loves to take Coco for walks around the park and pen down her thoughts. The very fact that she is currently associated with Masterclip – a company providing pet grooming products- shows her best interests for pets. She loves engaging with other pet owners in the park and has a set exercise routine for Coco. Along with Coco by her side she is looking forward to share more experiences for other pet owners!

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