As a dog owner, you know the importance of making sure your four-legged friend gets plenty of exercise, even in the winter.
Between the snow, ice, freezing temperatures, and limited sunlight hours this time of year, your dog may be as tempted as you are to minimize their time outside.
Fortunately, there are a number of products and accessories available that will help renew your dog's love for winter by keeping them comfortable and warm while outside. Dog walks during adverse weather conditions are no fun, but you can make them better with
Believe it or not, dog boots have a purpose other than providing hilarious content for Vines and YouTube videos.
Dog boots are designed with two goals in mind: keeping your pet's feet warm and protecting them from chemicals and salts that are used on roads and sidewalks during the winter, while giving them better traction.
These boots come in a variety of styles, so you may need to try a few before you find one your dog's comfortable with. To get your dog used to the boots, test them out around the house before you head out for your walk in winter weather.
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Used as an alternative to boots, paw balm provides a layer of protection to your dog's paw pads, reducing the chance of drying, cracking, and frostbite.
The great thing about paw balm is that it's easy to use and virtually unnoticed by dogs. All you need to do is apply a thin layer of it onto their foot pads before your walk and wipe it off with a warm washcloth once you're home.
On cold and snowy days, your dog may need some help preserving body heat while out on a walk. Dog jackets are a great option in cold temperatures, as they provide an extra layer of warmth and come in many adorable styles.
But don't just choose a jacket because it's cute; make sure that the dog coat is large enough for them to move around comfortably and it should never inhibit their ability to breathe or go to the bathroom.
Reflective Clothing and Accessories
One of the biggest inconveniences about winter walks is the lack of sunlight hours. To make sure your pet is visible to passing vehicles, make sure your dog is wearing something reflective.
Clothing, such as boots or jackets, or accessories, like leashes and collars, are available in reflective materials to increase visibility. In addition to reflective clothing, carrying a flashlight or light-up keychain while dog walking is also a good idea.
Make sure your dog has access to fresh water as well. Obviously water kept outside will freeze and drinking ice melt is tough on your dog's insides.
With this new winter-ready outfit, nothing will stop your dog from enjoying their daily walks. Now that your dog is ready to face the winter season, maybe it's time to treat yourself to a new pair of boots or jacket so you're ready for the cold weather as well!
What does your dog need on winter dog walks? Tell us in the comments below!
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