We all know the challenges of dealing with winter. Walking our dogs in the winter is both a necessity and opportunity for play. With that in mind, our team of Mississauga Dog Walkers have come up three important tips to keep your dog or puppy happy, warm, and safe.
Protecting our Dog’s paws
Not all dogs or puppies will like wearing doggy boots. If your dog refuses, there are some things you should keep in mind. Consider shortening your walks based on the conditions. If you’re trudging through snow and slush, your dog’s feet will get colder much faster and nobody likes cold feet. When you return from your walk, you should inspect their paws. Make sure salt or other ice melting chemicals aren’t stuck or irritating their feet. Wipe paws down with warm water and moisturize with coconut oil which will prevent paws from becoming rough or cracked. Coconut oil is a great choice since it is safe for your dog to ingest. Not only is it an effective moisturizer, it is also a healthy source of fats and vitamins.
Staying Safe on Sidewalks
If your dog is a cold-loving breed, such as Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute, you will probably not have to worry about deep snow or longer walks. However, staying on the sidewalk is a safer, warmer idea for all dogs. If cold snow touches your dog's soft and unprotected belly, they will get cold much faster. Many dogs do not have fur on their bellies, so wading in deep snow may be fun for a few minutes but could make your dog much colder on extended walks. Keep to ploughed sidewalks and trails, and leave the snow jumping for shorter excursions.
Don’t let your dog eat snow
It is always a good idea to keep a vigilant watch on what your dog puts in its mouth during any outdoor activity. This is especially true in the winter. Snow can hide all sorts of hazards that could be harmful to your loved one such as chemicals like road salt and antifreeze.
If you keep these simple tips in mind, winter dog walking can be an enjoyable experience for you and your dog. Don’t forget if you’re in need of Dog Walking Service in Mississauga and Oakville, Waddles and Wags is here to help. Contact us today!