As the winter nights set in and daylight walks come to an end, there are a number of important tips to adapting your canine to successful winter living. Consider some important training tips and get in a festive frame of thinking.
Winter is the best time to focus your dog on stopping at roadsides, crossing on command and generally walking to heel. They should not be let off the lead but in the event of an emergency it is useful to know they can obey.
Walking your dog in the winter is different from the warm summer. Depending on the breed, specific coats and covers should be purchased. Even foot covers are useful for snow walking. Remember your dog feels the cold too and they may grow to resent being outside if they feel the cool temperature excessively.
It is also becoming more common for dog owners to put on flashing collars around their pets necks. It serves the obvious point of highlighting to road users and other people that their indeed a dog present.
It is also worth checking your dog’s paws regularly to ensure they are not collecting pockets of salt and grit that can irritate their skin.
Finally do not let your pet walk on frozen ponds, lakes or even puddles. Cracked ice can cut their paws and legs and they can easily slide and over stretch. The last thing any pet owner wants at this time of year is a huge vet bill!
Enjoy the winter but keep an eye on your canine to ensure they have fun on their walks too and remain safe at all times.