Walking your dog in the winter months can be fun (and cold!) Your dog still needs to walk and enjoy the outdoors right? He can, as long as you have the right things for him to be warm and safe. Before you go thinking ‘I am not putting a coat on my dog, that is just silly’, hear me out-they get cold too.
Walking Your Dog in the Winter Months
Play in the snow! Bigger dogs love to tromp in the snow! I know my pit does. Watching her hop from spot to spot is pretty hilarious. Toss some snowballs at him, he will try to catch them, and then look a bit confused as to why they exploded on his face. Spending about 30-40 minutes in the snow will give him a good workout (you too!) Be sure to dry him off a bit when you take him back inside and get him some water.
Boots: His little (or big) paws are not immune to cold. He can get frostbite too! Not to mention, all the chemicals that are thrown down on the streets and sidewalks to prevent cars (and you) from slipping can harm his pads. Getting him boots will help him to be able to stay out in the cold with you even longer and enjoy the winter fun! You can check out PetSmart for a variety of different kinds. Depending on your level of activity you might want a more rugged boot.
Coat: In addition to boots, he will need a coat. The wind can be biting, and the coat he was born with can only do so much to keep him warm from the elements. And depending on his breed, it might not do anything at all! I bundled up my Lola (she’s a Chihuahua) when I brought her outside and it wasn’t for very long! You might think it looks silly to for your dog to be wearing a coat (and boots) but I promise you the other dogs won’t be laughing at him (they might be a bit envious if their owners aren’t as cold weather conscious).
Keep it short: If you don’t have all the stuff to bundle him up and keep him warm, then keep it short. He still needs to walk, not just let out to do his business. So if the temp drops and you are dreading a walk (chances are your fur baby will too once he gets out there) keep it short and sweet.
Just because the snow flies and the temps drop doesn’t mean you have to be holed up in your house (as cozy as that sounds!) Take your fur baby outside and have some fun! Just remember that he gets cold too and be sure to have everything you need to keep him warm so he can enjoy the outdoors with you this winter.