Important Tips For Dog Walking in Freezing Weather
Dress appropriately: Wear warm layers, a hat, gloves, and boots to protect yourself from the cold. You may also want to consider using hand warmers or foot warmers to stay comfortable. You can also make sure your dog has a sweater or coat that fit them well.
Protect your dog's paws: Dogs' paws can be sensitive to the cold, so it's important to protect them. Consider using booties to cover your dog's paws if your dog is having a hard time walking outside, or apply a paw balm or wax to help protect their paws from the elements.
Shorten your walks: In extreme cold weather, it's best to keep your walks shorter to minimize the time your dog is exposed to the cold. Only step out for potty breaks and avoid any other walks that you would do on a normal day.
Check the ground: Be aware of the surface you're walking on. If the ground is covered in ice or snow, it can be slippery and dangerous for both you and your dog. Consider walking on a cleared path or sidewalk to reduce the risk of falls. Wear slip resistance boots.
Keep an eye on your dog: Pay attention to your dog's behavior during your walk. If they seem uncomfortable or are shivering excessively, it may be time to head back inside. If they haven’t peed or poop you can get out later in the day.
Stay hydrated: Make sure your dog has access to fresh, unfrozen water during your walk. Carry a water bottle and bowl with you to ensure that your dog stays hydrated, especially if you'll be outside for an extended period of time.
Ready your poop bag: Rather than struggling to open your poop bag outside in the freezing weather with your gloves on make sure to open a few bags inside the house and ready to use.
Watch for signs of hypothermia: In extreme cold, dogs can develop hypothermia, which is a dangerous drop in body temperature. Signs of hypothermia in dogs include shivering, lethargy, and difficulty walking. If you notice any of these signs, it's important to bring your dog inside and warm them up as soon as possible. Consult your vet if necessary.
Stay safe and keep your dogs safe