Everything You Need for Winter Dog Walks
For a dog owner, every day is “Walk Your Dog Day”, but there’s a reason why January is Walk Your Dog Month.
The days are cold, the nights are dark, it’s often rainy, and sometimes it can feel like a chore to get your cuddly canine companions out of the house. That’s why it’s the best time of year to remind people of the importance of dog walks!
Daily dog walking offers countless physical and mental health benefits for both people and their pooches – what better way to keep smashing your New Year’s resolutions by making sure you both get the exercise you need? If the January Blues are getting you down and you need some walking ins-paw-ration, look no further. We’ve got everything you need to take the difficulty out of wintery walks.
1. Wrap your dog up warm with a coat. Dogs are pretty good at regulating their body temperature, so not all dogs will need a coat to keep warm, but some, especially shorter-haired and skinnier breeds, will need a bit of help when it gets tough outside. If you’re unsure about whether your dog would benefit from an extra layer, keep an eye out for any signs of discomfort from them, such as shivering and reluctance to walk. Waterproof coats are also a good idea for a lot of dog breeds – the last thing you want is to bring home a soggy doggy on a rainy day!
Our Monster Pick: Danish Design’s 2-in-1 Orange Dog Raincoat. Suitable for warm or cold weather conditions, this coat is waterproof, windproof, breathable and features both light-reflective beading and a light-reflective fastening strap.
2. Consider reflective or light-up collars and leads for this time of year, even on daytime walks. Winter days can often be grey and bleak, causing reduced visibility at any time of day.
Our Monster Picks: For a touch of class, treat your four-legged friend to a luxury Barbour collar. Both stylish and sturdy, the collar features Barbour’s classic tartan design with a reflective trim for walks on darker days.
After something bold and bright? The light-up Ancol USB Rechargable Dog Band makes it easy for owners to ensure their pooches are seen and safe anywhere! The water-resistant band can be resized to fit your dog comfortably and has a range of light settings to immediately alert drivers and pedestrians of your dog’s whereabouts.
3. It’s easy to forget when you and your dog are bundled up, battling the pouring rain and just trying to get through to the end of the walk, but the poo bag is now as much of a dog-walking essential as a lead. Not only is it unpleasant and even dangerous to leave your dog’s mess lying around, it can also see you issued with a fine of up to £1000 if you’re caught not cleaning up!
Our Monster Pick: BecoBags Eco Friendly Poo Bags can be used in poo bag dispensers or on their own. They won’t split, will break down naturally when disposed of, and are extra large to handle dogs of all sizes!
4. Make sure you’re equipped to look after their paws, skin and coat when facing a muddy trek outdoors. If your dog is uncomfortable walking on any ground with grit, ice, snow and anti-freeze products, you can protect their paws with waterproof boots. For post-walk cleaning necessities, check out our Rainy Days section for pet shampoo, towels, water resistant mattresses and even bathrobes!
Our Monster Pick: Petkin’s PetWipes are infused with a skin-friendly cleansing lotion and gentle fragrance, perfect for muddy paws or a dirty face.
5. Give them a cosy bed to come home to! From machine-washable, waterproof mattresses to soft blankets and beds, there’s nothing your dog will appreciate more than a warm and toasty bed to cuddle up in after a cold winter walk.
Our Monster Pick: The Scruffs Cosy Dog Bed and Cosy Blanket are super snuggly and great for cold nights! The reversible design of the blanket provides ideal surfaces for both winter and summer weather, and both items are completely machine-washable for mucky pups.
We’d love to hear how you make winter walks easier for you and your paw-fect pals. Is there something you do that we’ve missed? Check out the comments below from our pet pals for even more top advice…