It’s almost wintertime and it’s time to take extra care when walking dogs in the winter. While it can be tempting to keep your pup cozied up indoors, it’s important to get him out and help him stay fit and healthy. Here are some tips to help you and your pup brave the winter weather and stay safe while walking in the cold.

1. Invest in Dog-Safe Snow Gear: Just like with humans, the right gear can make all the difference when walking in the cold. Make sure you have the right gear for your pup to ensure maximum warmth and safety. Invest in booties to protect their paws from the cold and freezing salt, a waterproof and insulated coat, and a hat to protect their ears.

2. Shorten Length of Walks: Cold weather can make walks longer and more difficult for both you and your pup. To ensure your pup’s safety, shorten the length of your walks and stay close to home.

3. Check Fido’s Paws: After returning in the cold, check your pup’s paws for any cuts, scrapes, or ice balls that may have built up between his toes. Carefully remove anything you find and pat his paws dry with a towel.

4. Keep an Eye on Your Surroundings: Ice and snow make sidewalks and roads slippery, so be sure to pay close attention to your surroundings to ensure your pup’s safety. Watch out for iced-over puddles, snowbanks, and piles of salt, as these can all be potentially dangerous for your pup.

5. Stay Hydrated: Make sure your pup has plenty of water on the walk, as cold weather can dehydrate them quickly. Keep a collapsible water bowl with you to make sure he stays hydrated and well-fueled on your walk.

Walking in the winter can be fun and keep your pup healthy, but it’s important to take the proper precautions to make sure both you and your pup are safe. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be able to brave the cold in style. Happy winter dog walking!