As a dog owner, you’ve likely braved all types of weather to make sure your dog gets some exercise and a chance to go to the bathroom. But there is nothing worse than needing to walk your dog in freezing cold temperatures. Unless you are fortunate enough to live in a tropical climate, you’ve likely experienced some cold dog walks. While we can’t change the weather, we can offer some tips to help you survive even the coldest of dog walks.
This seems like common sense, but it can be easy to just throw on some sandals and run out the door. Especially if you plan on just being outside for a moment. But the more prepared you are, the less cold you will feel. Set a pair of snow boots by the door and always keep a coat handy. That way you can get ready fast, without sacrificing body heat.
Use a leash
Even if you are used to letting your pup run free, consider using a leash when it is cold. This will keep him from running off to play and encourage him to get his business done quick so you can head right back inside.
Make up for lost exercise indoors
If it is really cold, your dog may not want to spend much time outside. If you usually take a 30-minute walk, shorten it a little and make the rest up inside. Play a round of fetch in the living room or chase each other around the halls to keep him active and warm at the same time.
Don’t forget the dog
Just like you, your pup can get cold. While his fur is sure to help regulate his body temperature, it’s not a bad idea to consider a coat. Coats can provide an extra barrier to the cold winds and make the walks a little warmer for your pet. And if he has sensitive paws, rubber dog boots can keep the cold concrete or snow at bay.