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Discussing How To Make Your Winter Dog Walks More Enjoyable For Both You And Your Furry Friend

Dog walks are an essential part of being a dog owner. Dogs need to be walked for exercise, stimulation, and potty breaks. However, taking your dog for walks in the winter is easier said than done. Winter dog walks can be an unpleasant experience if you’re not fully prepared for them. 

This article will discuss how to make your winter dog walking experience more enjoyable for both you and your dog. This includes different strategies and various products that will keep your dog warmer, more comfortable, and happier during your winter walks. 

Products

The first section of this article will go over the various products that can make your winter dog walking experience more enjoyable. The products mentioned here will focus on benefitting your dog. Full disclosure, we are not sponsored or affiliated with the manufacturers of these products. We only recommend these products because we have personally used them and have been very pleased with the results. 

A dog wearing a winter jacket

A dog wearing a winter jacket

Doggy Coats/Jackets

During inclement weather, we recommend having your dog wear a doggy jacket. There is a wide variety of doggy jackets on the market (one for each type of weather). They include winter parkas, snowsuits, raincoats, fleece jackets, windbreakers, and hoodies. For winter weather, we recommend the parka, snowsuit, or fleece. 

These doggy jackets come in a wide variety of sizes, styles, and colors. They are designed to protect your dog from the elements, keep them warm, and keep them comfortable. For more information on doggy jackets, click here.

Doggy Boots

Another great winter dog product is doggy boots. These tiny boots come in sets of four and are specifically designed to fit around your dog’s paws. Doggy boots come in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors to meet your dog’s needs. They help keep your dog’s paws dry and protect them from any pieces of ice hidden in the snow. For more information on the best dog boots on the market, click here

A healthy dog paw

A healthy dog paw

Dog Paw Balm

If dog boots aren’t your thing, then consider using dog paw balm on your dogs paws. Dog paw balm is specifically designed to penetrate the tough skin of paw pads. It helps keep your dog’s paw pads moisturized and prevents cracking. This product can also help heal dry or cracked paw pads too! For more information on the best dog paw balm products on the market, click here

Strategies

This section will go over different strategies that can improve the way you walk your dog during winter. The effectiveness of these strategies may vary depending on where you live and the weather you experience during winter. Adjust accordingly and do what is best for you and your furry friend. 

Walk During The Daytime

Make it a point to walk your dog during the daytime as opposed to the nighttime. Typically speaking, it’s significantly warmer outside when the sun is out (even in cloudy weather). Take advantage of the sun and take your longer winter walks before the sun goes down.

Shorter Walks

Keep your winter dog walks relatively short. Ideally, no more than 30 minutes. This gives your dog a chance to warm up inside and escape the winter elements. You can always go for additional walks to make up for lost time. In short, more walks, but for shorter durations.

Walking dogs on a safe path

Walking dogs on a safe path

Walk Where It’s Safe

During your winter dog walks, stick to the safer paths. We recommend walking on paths that are already shoveled or free of ice. This will make the walks easier for both you and your dog. Additionally, it will lower the chances of your dog getting small pieces of ice stuck in their paws. Stick to sidewalks or shoveled paths. It’s also a good idea to shovel your own yard and property for safer potty breaks. 

Looking For A Dog Walker Or Pet Sitter?

Do you dread having to walk your dog in the freezing winter weather & temperatures? Then hire a professional to walk your dog for you! When it comes to professional dog walking, look no further than Top Dog Pet Sitting!

We offer a wide variety of pet sitting services including in-home pet sitting, routine dog walking, and overnight stays. We service the Fort Worth, Benbrook, Aledo, and White Settlement, Texas areas. Click here to become a client today or give us a call at 817-249-9663. Additionally, be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on everything & anything pet related!