Jan 02

City Dog Walking in Winter

dog walking in winterMany dogs love winter — but does winter love dogs?

Let’s face it — your dog either loves winter or hates it. Just like humans! If your dog loves winter then it’s worth thinking about the kind of dangers and hazards which lurk on frozen city streets. If your dog hates winter then you need to take steps to make their walks as warm and comfortable as possible.

  • Wrap them up! Some dogs, like Great Pyrenees and Bernese Mountain breeds, are ideally equipped for cold weather with their thick fur and thick skin. Indeed such breeds originate from cold weather climates and as such don’t really need coats, unless they’re particularly cold or the weather is particularly severe. But most other dogs, especially small and short haired breeds, will appreciate the best quality jacket you can buy them for frigid days. Make sure it’s insulated, waterproof and windproof. A good idea is to buy a warm sweater along with a lightweight waterproof and windproof shell — that way you have more control over their comfort as you can add or remove layers depending on the weather. It’s very important to make sure they’re a good fit — too loose and they’ll feel drafts, too tight and they will cut off their circulation.

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