5 Tips for Walking Your Dog in Winter

Well, the snow and chilly temperatures have arrived here in Alberta. I enjoy taking my dog Layla for a walk in the winter, and she loves to adventure in the snow. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind while out walking in the winter months.

  • Keep walks short. When it’s really cold out we want to have a shorter walk. Observe your dog’s body language, if they are picking up their feet, whining, shivering. Then we would want to take our dog home. As well when it’s really cold or heavy snow cover, we can stick to the sidewalk or areas that have plowed or free of heavy snow. This way we can see where we are walking. We always want to be safe.
  • Wear a sweater or jacket. Some dogs may have a furry coat to keep them warm, others may not. An extra layer like a sweater or jacket will give your furry friend an extra layer. This will keep them warm, as well protect them from getting wet. Not only does your pet stay warm, but they also look so cute in a sweater. Totally camera ready!
  • Wear boots. Having your dog wear boots will protect their paws from snow and ice. As well protect your dog’s paws from salt and other chemicals.
  • Wipe paws. After your walk make sure you wipe your dog’s paws after. You can use a damp warm cloth to wipe away salt, chemicals, and dirt. Washing removes the salt and chemicals from their paws.
  • Walk during the day. If your schedule allows you to do so, plan your walk in the daytime hours. Most likely it will be warmer, as well you are more visible to other people and vehicles.

I hope that with these few tips you and your dog can enjoy the crisp and hopefully sunny winter.

Happy walking!

Written by: Madison Vandenberg, ACA

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