The winter months will be here before you know it. And that means that dog walks are going to get a bit more challenging for both you and your dog but that doesn’t mean they need to be less fun!
We love our dogs, but let’s face it, sometimes we get lazy, and taking our dog for a walk can seem like a difficult thing to do especially is the cold winter months. This is especially true if you’re prone to harsh Chicago winters./p>
Dog walks can be particularly difficult during the winter. Morning hours can be dreadfully cold and that’s when most owners take their dogs out before work. There are ways you can make dog walks in the winter enjoyable again. Check them out.
Getting proper protection for yourself
The first thing you need is adequate winter gear. Apart from getting clothes that will keep you warm, you also need to make sure that you get boots that will give you better traction, especially if your dog is a jolter. Even though you’re able to control your pet in regular conditions, everything will be a bit more difficult in the winter snow.
Wear layers of clothes with leggings, shirts, and long underwear. Make sure that you wear a proper winter coat, hats, gloves, and boots. Trust us, you won’t regret it.
Get protection for your dog if necessary
Overall, most dog breeds can easily handle a winter walk in cold temperatures for a moderate amount of time.
There are dog breeds that don’t do well in the cold and if your dog is one of those, then you need to make sure that you keep your furry friend protected as well. Dogs with short hair, old dogs, and small puppies need more protection than other dogs, as they can find it difficult to keep warm.
Make sure to get an adequate dog vest that’s water resistant. It’s also beneficial to invest in a pair of dog booties to ensure that their paws stay warm as well. One of the difficulties you’ll have to overcome is to teach your dog to wear them. Most dogs aren’t fans of wearing things on their paws. Make sure to do a little training with your dog first before going out.
Make sure your dog doesn’t eat any snow
Dogs are omnivores and they like to eat, well, everything.
This is why you can expect your dog to try and snack on some snow. This might seem like a minute problem but it’s actually quite bad for them.
Not only will eating snow decrease their body temperature drastically, but chances are that the snow might contain some harmful chemicals or waste. Snow can also have small and sharp objects that might injure them. Be sure to keep a close eye on your dog and bring treats to ensure that he or she doesn’t eat snow. Bring treats along to Keep a close eye on your best friend – you can never be too sure.
Don’t go near water
No matter what you do and where you go, make sure that there is no chance that your dog will get too wet. Even if your dog is used to cold temperatures (like huskies), getting wet can be extremely dangerous as not only will your dog get colder, but the water can freeze and hurt them.
Luckily, Chicago is filled with many dog-friendly parks where your dog will be safe even during winter. To be careful, make sure to bring something to dry him or her if they get wet as quickly as possible – a dry towel will do.
In the end, even if your dog is very much used to the cold, you need to pay attention to his or her behavior. If you see signs like shivering, shaking, or slow movement, make sure to take your dog home as we quickly as possible. And finally – we cannot stress this enough – even if you have a dog that does well in the cold, chances are that he or she got is more comfortable with higher temperatures and can’t withstand being out in the winter for a long time. Be safe.
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