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Tips for doggy winter walks

Tips for doggy winter walks

Published at 10:58am 24th January 2019.

3 minute read

The temperature is dropping, the paths are getting slippier - do you know how to keep your pup safe whilst out walking?

Company of Animals have put together five top tips for wlaking in the cold weather, ice and even snow.

BRIGHTEN UP!

Be prepared for dark walking conditions during the shorter days.

Wear reflective gear so you can easily be seen by drivers or cyclists.

Keep your dog in a reflective item, such as a collar or lead.

Dog in the snow vizsla
Have you got any reflective gear for your dog?

LONG WALKS AREN'T ALWAYS BETTER

Shorter days often result in shorter walks but this doesn't mean less fun; your dog still needs mental and physical stimulation to keep them happy.

Try giving your dog thier meals in food dispensing toys to keep their brain busy.

Another good alternative is to use winter-time to teach your dog some new tricks.

Dog walk in snow
Are you prepped for dog walks in the snow?

Clicker training is a great way to teach new habits and tricks and it can easily be carried out indoors!

Small dogs and those with thinner coats may feel the cold much more so consider investing in a warm coat for your dog to keep them snug and warm this winter.

WALK, DON'T SKATE!

Ice can be dangerous when walking by yourself, let alone while walking a dog.

Having the correct lead is icy conditions is vital.

One with adjustable lengths work's well.

When it's icy it's best to put it on the shortest length, this gives you more control over your dog and keeps them close to heel.

Dog walk in snow
Have you got a lead that's appropriate?

DON'T FORGET ABOUT FEET

Dogs use their foot pads for traction when it's icy, so nails need to be kept short.

Long nails can cause your dog to slide and fall, as their ability to grip is hindered.

It's also important to ensure their feet are cleaned and dried on your return to ensure that wet, mud and salt doesn't cause irritation to their sensitive feet.

Moisturising your dog's paws with dog-safe moisturiser is a great way to help soothe and protect them for the dry and irritated skin that can arise during the colder months.

Dog in snow winter
Keep your pooch protected this winter

DON'T PILE ON THE POUNDS

Like us, less exercise means less calories burned off.

If your dog is getting less exercise than usual then consider reducing their food intake accordingly

Ensure that training treats are also taken into consideration when working out your dog's daily food intake.

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