Walking Your Dog In Winter

Winter is just around the corner. As the temperatures start to drop, you may find yourself keeping your dog’s walks a bit shorter. It’s not much fun walking your pooch in freezing cold temperatures! Winter also poses some specific hazards for our canine buddies. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a local Newmarket, ON vet offers some tips on walking your dog in winter.

Keep Up With Paw Care

Salt, snow, sand, ice, and chemical de-icing products can all do a number on your dog’s paws. Be sure to choose pet-friendly products when buying de-icing agents. If Fido won’t go for wearing booties, use paw balm or wax to protect his feet. Trimming your pup’s claws and toe fur is also important.

Watch The Ground

Keep an eye on the ground when walking your dog, especially right after a snowfall. The snow could hide dangerous objects, such as broken bottles or exposed wires.

Doggy Clothes

If your four-legged buddy has thin fur, he may need a doggy jacket to protect him from the cold. When buying clothes for your pooch, avoid anything that is tight or constricting. You’ll also want to stay away from items with small parts, like buttons, that Fido may try to eat.

Avoid Dangerous Areas

Keep your canine pal away from potentially-dangerous areas, such as riverbanks. Also, don’t let Fido get too close to frozen bodies of water. Better safe than sorry!

Special Gear

Since it gets dark so much earlier in winter, you’ll probably be walking your pet at night quite a bit. Wear a reflective jacket, and use a reflective leash and collar on Fido. We also recommend bringing a flashlight and whistle with you, and sticking to well-lit areas.

Roadside Walks

When you are walking your four-legged friend along the side of a road, keep Fido to the outside. He is shorter than you, and will be harder for drivers to spot.


Does Fido sometimes walk you, rather than the other way around? This can be very dangerous, especially on ice! To break your furry friend of this habit, immediately change directions whenever he pulls on the least. Training may be tiresome, but it will be well worth it.

Please feel free to contact us, your local Newmarket, ON animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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