The weather may have cooled and maybe your motivation to walk your dog has as well, but we’re here to tell you that no matter the weather, walking your dog is essential for their health and well-being. So how do we take our dogs for walks in winter?
Shorter days not shorter walkies
With winter comes less daylight hours, so maybe it’s dark outside at your usual walking time. You can still walk your dog in the dark. Even better if you live in a populated town or city where there is ample streetlight to see. No matter where you are, make sure that you and your dog can be seen by others. You can use reflective tape on your clothing, your dog’s collar, harness, and lead. Or use light-up LED dog products, to ensure you are both seen by traffic.
Remember to always carry a flashlight.
If you don’t want to walk in the dark, try and find time throughout the rest of your day to do so. Don’t stop walking your dog completely. If the weather is bad, keep the walks short, and stay as protected as possible.
Play & exercise
If you can’t take your dog outside for their daily walk, then the alternative is to exercise them inside or in your backyard. There are lots of games you can play together with your dog that will have them breaking out in sweat. Tug of war and fetch, both being relatively easy options.
If you own a treadmill teaching your dog to run on it can be a good way to get them to go for a walk without leaving the house. If you have two treadmills, even better, you can both walk together.
Dress them in coats & booties.
When you leave the home dress your dog appropriately. We here at Capalaba Produce have many coats for your dog available in store. Whether your dog needs a little bit of extra warmth or protection from the rain, be sure to look out for your four-legged friend.
You can even put booties on their feet to keep them warm and protected from the cold. The pads of your dog’s feet generate heat, which can be lost quite quickly on cold concrete. Your dog may take a while to adjust to walking normally with booties on or may unfortunately just out right hate them.
Dogs which are small, have very short fur or have minimal body fat, will need the extra protection that coats, and booties can provide.
Wait until the day is at its warmest
On cold days it’s best to walk your dog during the warmest part of the day, so check the weather forecast and determine which part of the day is going to be best to go for a walk.
Talk to your vet
Every dog is different, so when it comes to yours, who would know better than yourself or your vet?
Your dog’s breed, age and health all play important factors in your dog’s overall well-being and how well they will manage the colder weather, so talk to your vet and see what they suggest for your situation.