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. Put on your long underwear, a long-sleeved shirt, and a thick winter coat for the trip. If it’s snowing, consider bundling up even more.

The cold winter air can be biting. Layering your clothing is key to staying warm. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep sweat away from your skin. Add insulating layers to trap heat, such as a fleece jacket or down vest. Finally, top it off with a waterproof and windproof outer layer, like a sturdy winter coat. Don’t forget warm gloves, a hat, and a scarf to shield your extremities.

BUNDLE YOUR PUP

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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!

Consider investing in a quality dog jacket is a wise choice. Look for one that’s insulated and waterproof to keep them warm and dry. Ensure that it fits snugly but allows for comfortable movement. Remember that dogs lose heat through their paws, so consider getting them some winter dog booties to protect their feet from the cold ground.

EFFICIENT LEASHES FOR WINTER DOG WALKING

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.

Winter walks can be slippery, so choosing the right leash and harness is essential for both your safety and your dog’s. Opt for a leash with good grip and consider a front-clip harness that discourages pulling. These harnesses are designed to redirect your dog’s energy sideways, making it easier to manage their movements, especially on slippery surfaces.

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.

When the streets and sidewalks are icy or covered in snow, it’s safer to stay on the cleared paths. Salt and ice-melting chemicals used on the roads can be harmful to your dog’s paws, so wipe their feet when you get home. If your dog enjoys playing in the snow, consider setting up a designated snow play area in your yard, so they can have fun without exposing their paws to the cold for too long.

BRRRRILLIANT STRATEGIES FOR WINTER DOG WALKING SUCCESS

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.

Give us a call at 512-275-6701 (Austin) or 972-416-0861 (Dallas) and let us help you and your furry friend enjoy safe and enjoyable winter walks. We’re here to ensure that your pet gets the exercise and outdoor time they crave, even when the chill of winter sets in.

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