Dog walking in autumn and winter can be a more tricky time for dogs (and us humans!), but on a sunny day it can also be glorious. We’ve put together 5 top tips to help you prepare for the winter chill, because there’s no such thing as bad weather, just poor equipment and the wrong attitude 😉
1. Buy a dog coat. Certain breeds need a dog coat more than others, greyhounds and whippets carry little body fat so can be more at risk when it gets a bit nippy. Dog coats are also great if your dog has a long-haired curly coat, getting them to wear a waterproof can stop hair getting matted and help prevent the damp, ‘wet dog’ smell after a long wet muddy walk. Do bear in mind though that many of breeds of dog have lovely thick coats to keep them nice and toasty in the winter weather, a coat may not be necessary for your breed. The Ancol Muddy Paws Stormguard Chocolate Dog Coat
is snuggly, smart and waterproof, it’s perfect for mucky pups that love splashing in puddles.
2. Walking your dog in icy, snowy or gritted conditions can cause your pet irritation and discomfort, so it’s always wise to rub and wash their paws, legs and bellies to remove any small stones and salt. Carefully trimming the hair between your pooch’s toes will prevent snow and ice from forming and sticking to the hair helping them avoid sensitivity.
3. A British autumn and winter can often mean many grey days in a row. When walking your dog, visibility is often reduced and conditions can sometimes be treacherous. That’s why it’s so important to protect your dog with reflective clothing, especially if you are walking close to the road. We stock a range of practical, comfortable and good value reflective products from jackets, coats, flashing dog tags and illuminated collars. So if your dog doesn’t enjoy wearing a coat, you could try a flashing collar. Browse our range of reflective pet products here, or you can view our top picks here.
4. Keep your dog walks short. Little and often is the way to go. Our dogs can feel the chill more than we think, so keeping walks short means that your dog isn’t exposed to the cold for long periods of time. If your dog likes to get a lot of exercise, you can still keep your walks shorter, but try to walk on a more frequent basis. Remember, never leave your dog outside in the cold or in a cold car, hypothermia can set in quicker than we think!
5. It’s important to stop your dog from eating the snow. It could contain sharp objects or chemicals that could harm your dog, especially thick snow – you never know what can be underneath it!
After your walk, it’s really important to warm your dog back up again. Invest in a good quality, warm dog bed. Shop our range of cosy beds here.
If you have any top tips for walking your dog in winter, share them in the comments below and help our pet pals out :-)