When the temperature drops and winter weather arrives, you need to be sure you are looking after your dog as well as yourself, when stepping outside of the house. Below, you will find some useful tips to help keep your dog safe, well and warm, and avoid what can be potentially dangerous winter walkies.
Keeping your dog warm - A good step is to let your dog's winter coat grow out naturally. This will add a layer of warmth and protection against the cold. If you have a short-haired dog, or an older dog, you may want to consider purchasing them a winter dog coat. For added protection, you can get dog coats with high-vis elements, for extra visibility in the dark and at night.
Watch for snow - Snow can be an unusual element for a dog to enjoy, therefore can make them fairly excitable. If you are out and about with your dog when it is snowing heavily, best to keep them on a lead to save them from running off in a fit of excitement!
Care for their paws - When you get in from a rain or snow-filled walk, give your dogs paws a wipe with a towel, to remove any grit they may have picked up from the roads.
Beware of frozen ponds - Whilst a nice large frozen pond may appeal to your dog, don't let them wander out onto it. You never know just how thick that ice is and whether it will support your dogs weight.
Don't be afraid to play indoors - If it is too wet, cold, snowy or icy - don't hesitate to play some indoor games with your dog to tire them out. It will also vary up their routine a little, providing some variety for them, plus bonding tinme with yourself.