Winter Walking

As the days are short and the weather not always king, it is very easy to get into the rut of cutting down on outdoor exercise. But with a little common sense and planning, you can make he most of the daylight that you do have. Here are a few things to think about:


  • Plan ahead and check the weather forecast so that you know what you are dealing with
  • Keep your walks short and frequent in colder weather
  • Keep them away from icy water
  • Think about a reflective or flashing collar when you are out in poor light
  • Think about a coat for an older dog
  • If it does snow
    • Don’t let them eat too much – you never know what chemicals may be present
    • Dry their feet when you get home and check for any splits in their pads
    • Keep the hair between their toes clipped
  • Know the signs that your dog is feeling the cold
  • Shaking or shivering
  • Cold ears
  • Slow movements
  • Hunched posture with tail tucked
  • Whining or barking
  • Seeking shelter
  • Reluctance to keep going or trying to turn around
  • Lifting paws off the ground or limping is a sign of cold feet



Whatever you are doing, whatever the weather, make sure that you both enjoy your time outdoors together!

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