It might be winter, but a dog’s still got to get out of the house! Follow these steps to keep both your dog and you safe, warm and dry during those January walks.
- Make sure you, the human, are properly outfitted.
- Put a jacket on your dog. This is especially important for puppies, senior dogs, small breeds and short-haired dogs.
- Protect paws with dog booties or pet-safe gels.
- Use a secure front-clip harness to prevent pulling.
- Walk your dog with a solid leash, not a retractable one. Consider a joggers’ leash, which stays hooked to you if you fall and lose your grip.
- Make sure your dogs’ clothing stays dry.
- Avoid hazards like frozen ponds. Dogs can fall through thin ice into freezing water, and the may suffer hypothermia or even drown.
- When you return, wash your dog’s paws. You don’t want them to lick toxic chemicals like ice melts and salt off their paws.