Tips for walking your dog in the snow

 

Snow. Love it our hate it, it’s super exciting for our pups and we all get the urge to run in the garden and play snowballs with them. However, we all need to mindful that freezing temperatures can cause challenges for both us and our dog. 

Here’s some tips you can use to try and ensure your dog and you are safe in the snow.

 

1. Snow balls – No not the ones we throw for the kids or roll up into a giant snowman, we’re talking about the annoying, freezing, hard icy meatball sized balls hanging from your dogs legs and belly when you get back from your walk. They are difficult to remove, often painful for the dog and just imagine how they must feel with ice stuck to them for hours. This tip works a treat and I love spreading the word on it – Coconut Oil. Yes that magic, good for everything these days product that is Coconut Oil.

This acts as a barrier between your dogs fur and the snow. Simply warm some up in between your palms so its liquid and rub down your dogs legs – and in the the case of the smaller dogs, their bellies too. Yes it can make their fur a little greasy but honestly a thin layer and they will remain snow ball free

2. Protect their feet – Freezing, frosty conditions can play havoc with your pups pads. They can become dry and be prone to cracking which makes them really sore. You could invest in booties, or a more simple solution is to apply a layer of Vaseline or paw balm – we like this one. Apply everyday ideally before walks if you can.

3. Shorter walks – But I have a dog that needs lots of exercise?  we hear you. It’s still possible to give your dog the stimulation they need by changing to shorter bursts outside – “Business trips” if you will, and then add in some indoor games, hide and seek with toys or treats gets their mind working, this exhausts them much more than walking for miles

4. Layers – Getting a coat or Jumper on them. There are mixed opinions on this. My husband always used to say “she has a fur coat already” but how would you feel going  from a cosy, heated house to freezing temperatures before been allowed to throw on another layer? Some great coat options here

5. Pulling – If your dog is a puller (firstly you have my empathy!) it can actually make walking them quite dangerous. Its icy and you don’t want to end up flat on your bum. No matter where you are in your training to try help pulling, its worth trying something like a halti lead in these conditions, after all safety is paramount

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