We may well be busy daydreaming about summer, but outside the snug haven of our homes, we are still firmly in the grip of winter. The weather is cold and temperatures freezing, accompanied by biting winds and the threat of ice and snow. However, our dogs still need to be walked, regardless of the weather.
When it is cold outside, heading out for a walk with your pooch is really the last thing that you want to do, but looking after your dog at all times of the year is all part and parcel of being a responsible dog owner. Dogs need daily walks, all year round, but we know that sometimes it can be difficult to get out and about to walk your dog when the weather is bad.
Keep your Dog Safe and Happy
For that reason, we have put together a quick list of handy tips to ensure that you stay safe and everything goes to plan when you are out and about walking your dog in the cold weather this winter.
However, bearing all this in mind, it is still important to put your dog’s comfort and safety above anything else. If you have a puppy or elderly dog and the weather is particularly cold or adverse, think carefully about whether a walk may actually do your canine more harm than good. If you are worried about your dog’s health while out walking, it may be a more sensible idea to shorten their usual walk or just let them outside in the garden for a run around if conditions are particularly severe. The same goes for you – if you find yourself struggling with health problems or having issues with feeling your fingers, it’s probably a sign that it’s time for both of you to head back indoors.
Invest in Engraved Dog Tags
Similarly, it is a good idea to let your dog’s natural winter coat grow out as this will ensure that they stay safe and warm in the freezing temperatures. Again, for puppies and older dogs, a high-visibility cosy winter coat can be a sensible investment to be certain that your furry friend stays comfortable and can be seen in the dark.
For your peace of mind, you should always make sure that your dog is wearing a collar with engraved dog tags attached. Should they become lost or disoriented by the season, this will mean that they can easily be reunited with you. As well as their engraved dog tags, your pooch should also be microchipped while out and about walking in the winter weather.
However, above all else, the most important thing to remember is to ensure that both you and your dog have fun and stay safe while out and about walking this winter!