Dog Walking During the Colder Months

 

As the weather gets colder, it can be all too tempting to press that snooze button just one more time and snuggle back down under the covers. However, there’s one member of the family who’s always up, ready and raring to go whatever the weather! Dogs need daily exercise, come rain or shine, and it’s our job to make sure that they get this fundamental need fulfilled each and every day.

While a long, relaxing walk with the dog is a wonderful way to spend a warm summer day, when the colder months begin to set in, rain, ice and low temperatures can make walks much less appealing. Here are some top tips to help you and your pooch make the most of your daily walks in autumn and winter!

 

Safety First

Safety and security should always be a priority all year round, but when the nights get longer and the weather gets worse, it’s more important than ever. Of course, basic safety tips are primarily just common sense, but it never hurts to have a refresher!

As the weather gets colder, it’s important to make sure that you wrap up warm before you leave the house. Layers are best, as you can always take off a layer or two if you get hot while you’re out walking. Don’t forget a weather-proof raincoat for those wet days and get a woolly hat, scarf and gloves on standby ready for the coldest winter weather!

If you will be out in the early mornings or late at night, you should endeavour to wear reflective clothing to make sure that you are easily visible through the gloom. Similarly, it might be a sensible idea to stick to well-lit areas that you are familiar with if you will be walking at night, as this adds an extra level of security to your walk. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the route before you leave, and avoid any distractions like mobile phones or headphones while you are walking.

 

Caring for Your Dog

Of course, there are always at least two participants on a dog walk – you and your furry friend! Once you have taken care of your own safety, it’s important to consider your dog’s welfare too and ensure that you both can enjoy a relaxed, healthy walk.

During walks in the dark, your pooch may benefit from a reflective lead or harness to ensure that they still visible. Similarly, if the weather gets particularly cold, certain breeds of dog may require a protective coat to keep them warm. When choosing a coat for your dog, always make sure to consider comfort and practicality over aesthetics. You should also make sure that their pet tag is up-to-date with your latest contact information, just in case the pair of you should become separated. Go to this site if you fancy treating your pooch to a shiny new tag for the new season!

 

Walking with Children

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than heading out to enjoy the great outdoors with the whole family in tow! This is a great opportunity to enjoy some quality time together while keeping fit and teaching the little ones about nature, but don’t forget that your dog still needs a decent amount of exercise to be satisfied. Make sure the kids wrap up warm and do your best to keep an eye on both dogs and kids – the last thing you want is for the dog to end up running off!

 

What to Take

Although this will largely depend on the weather, time of day and length of your intended walk, there are a number of essentials that you should take with you when you are out and about. Aside from the essentials like your dog’s lead and doggy bags for their waste, it’s also a good idea to take a few treats for them as well as a snack for you, in addition to a fully-charged mobile phone and a torch – just in case.

With these tips in mind, you, your family and your furry friends should all be set to enjoy a whole season of wonderful walks – no matter what the elements throw at you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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