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Winter Dog Walking

Dog walking in winter

Dog walking should be a pleasure rather than a chore, it is great exercise for you and an essential requirement for your dog. Falling temperatures and less than perfect weather should not put you off getting a daily walk with your pet, in fact it is probably more important than ever to get some fresh air and daylight. Your dog needs exercise whatever the weather; without it he will become bored and possibly destructive at home in an effort to relieve the frustration. You just need to remember to be prepared and keep some basic precautions in mind.

Not all dogs are adequately equipped to handle really tough weather and as a result you should take sensible precautions, particularly with smaller breeds, short-coated and older dogs. Winter can be harsh on our dog’s paw pads. They will be exposed to the elements and possible chemicals used on roads and driveways. Dogs regulate heat through their paws and the snow and ice on their feet can be uncomfortable, in particular when ice builds up on the hair between their toes. After a walk, be sure to wipe your dog’s paws down with a towel or baby wipes to get all of the salt, mud and debris out from between their pads; a bit of warm water helps. You should also check their legs and tummy. There are boots available to protect dogs feet which you can buy online or from some pet stores. Just because your dog
has a fur coat doesn’t mean heDOgs in their winter coats wants to go outside in
the bitter cold without some protection. Some dogs have a lovely thick coat and may not need extra protection unless you are experiencing a particularly harsh winter, but puppies, small and short-haired dogs will benefit from a winter jacket as will an older dog. Make sure it fits correctly and provides the protection your dog needs.

Dogs Can’t Ice Skate
A swim in the lake or pond on a hot summer’s day is
often a real treat for a dog – but in the winter that same inviting water can be frozen over, and dangerous to your dog. People have a difficult time judging the thickness of a frozen lake or pond and your dog has no idea at all, so it is best to steer clear of water.
Do also remember that snow and cold weather are very good at muffling scents which your dog would otherwise have no trouble in picking up. They can more easily become lost as their ability to follow their scent track back to you is dramatically reduced.
Don't Let Them Get Into Deep Water
Before letting your dog swim in any natural surroundings, survey the area for safety. Rivers and oceans can change frequently, and an area that was previously safe for swimming can be treacherous the next time. Consider currents, tides, underwater hazards and even the condition of the water. On these winter walks a good recall command is the most important thing to have mastered.

Remember that the days are shorter and you should plan to return home before it becomes dark.
If you have no choice but to walk your dog when it's dark, there are a few other things to bear in mind:

Try to stick to well lit areas.
Wear bright colours or a florescent, high-visibility jacket.
Make sure you're carrying a charged mobile phone.
Carry a pocket torch or flashlight.
There are a number of things to equip your dog with as well; flashing lights for the collar, a flashing or flourescent collar/lead or harness, high-visibility coats.



Finally, make sure that you wrap up warm and enjoy the beautiful winter scenery.
It is often one of the most scenic times of the year
so enjoy these walks with your
dog.

.Roxy


 
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