Winter weather can make dog walking a challenge. It’s freezing outside, potentially raining or snowing (depending on the area), and often windy. The wind chill alone is enough to keep most of us indoors. Your dog wants to get outside, though. He wants to walk through the park, see the sights, and get a little exercise. We, as pet owners, are obliged to help. Here are a few expert dog walking tips for the winter, from the professional dog walkers in Austin and Dallas
Dress the Part
Your dog is cloaked in thick fur. They can withstand colder temperatures far better than we humans, so it only makes sense that you dress the part. Don your long underwear, a long-sleeved shirt, and a thick winter coat for the trip. If it’s snowing, consider bundling up even more.
Bundle Your Pup
If it is extremely cold, not even that thick fur can help fight the cold for your pet. Consider bundling them up, too. There are fantastic brands that make dog jackets for hairless or short-haired breeds. If you know your pet has a hard time keeping warm, wrap them up comfortably. But not too tight!
It’s easy to pull out the same old leash you always use. However, during the winter, you want an effective leash with a front-clip harness to help minimize your dog pulling away too harshly. Remember, it’s cold outside. The ground may be a little icy. If your dog pulls, you’re coming with them.
Stick to Sidewalks
Often, the city will clear the sidewalk of any snow that has built-up overnight. Try to stick to these sidewalks instead of traversing through the open plains of the park. Unless your dog loves the cold, the cold snow on their soft paws will quickly cause discomfort.
This holiday season, when the weather is less than favorable, consider hiring VIP Pet Services for our professional dog walking service in Austin or Dallas. Our dog walkers are the best in the business – rain, sleet, snow, or sunshine