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Offering Some General Advice On How To Keep Your Dog Happy & Comfortable During Winter Walks

Our dogs need to be walked everyday regardless of the weather or temperature outside. Dog walks are an essential part of any dog’s life as it provides exercise, stimulation, and an opportunity to go pee and/or poop. Although winters here in Texas can be fairly mild, dog walks during the winter season can still prove to be rather difficult for both the dog and the owner. The purpose of this article is to offer some tips, tricks, and advice on making winter dog walks a more pleasurable experience for both you and your furry friends. 

Tip #1, Stay Updated On The Weather Forecast

Mother nature can sometimes be unpredictable. But, local weather channels and meteorologists are usually pretty good at guessing the approaching weather conditions. If you’re a dog owner, we recommend you always keep an eye on the daily weather forecast. The temperature, precipitation, and wind chill are all important things to consider before taking your dog on a walk. Once you have a pretty good idea of what the weather is going to be, you can plan around it. Plan out your dog walks accordingly to avoid big rainstorms, snowstorms, below freezing temperatures, and strong winds. 

Tip #2, Dress Appropriately

This may seem like an obvious one, but it goes hand-in-hand with tip #1. The weather will directly affect how you should dress. If it’s raining, bring a raincoat and some waterproof boots. If it’s snowing, bring a winter coat and snow boots. This also applies to your dog. There is a wide variety of coats for your dog on the market today. They make raincoats, parkas, fleece, and even windbreakers for dogs! There are even little booties for dogs that keep their paws warm, dry, and well protected. For more information about outdoor dog apparel, check out TheDogOutdoors.com.

Tip #3, Be Mindful Of Your Dog’s Paws

It’s a common misconception that dog paws can handle anything. While dog paws are tough, they are still subject to cuts, tears, burns, and dry skin. We recommend keeping a close eye on your dog’s paws both during and after every walk. Try wiping off their paws after every walk with a warm washcloth. This will remove any pieces of ice lodged in their pads and remove any rock salt they may have stepped in. Rock salt can cause chemical burns and be very painful. You can also invest in a pet-safe dog skin conditioner also known as paw wax. This product will keep your dog’s paws moisturized and prevent them from cracking and/or splitting.

Tip #4, Use Reflective Gear

Whether you’re walking your dog at night or during the day, reflective gear can be a life saver. Generally speaking, there are more clouds and less sunlight during the winter months. This can make visibility tough for vehicles driving by and they might not see you. We recommend investing in a reflective vest for you or your dog to help them stand out during your walks. You can also use reflective leashes and collars to make sure your furry friend is noticeable and safe. 

Tip #5, Keep It Short

Winter coats will keep you and your dog warm, but it won’t change the weather and temperature. During the winter months, we suggest shortening the length of your dog walks. There’s no need to keep your dog exposed to the elements for longer than necessary. Remember, you can always warm up inside and take an additional walk later to make up for it. 

Staying Healthy, Happy, And Safe

We hope these tips help give you and your dog a more pleasurable and safer dog walking experience this winter. Remember, regular dog walks are essential for your dog’s physical, mental, and social well being. If you don’t have the time, energy, or motivation to walk your dog this winter, then look no further than TopDogPetSitting! You can (click here) to learn more about the various dog walking services and rates we offer. We hope you and your furry friends have a wonderful and safe winter!