Preparing for Winter Walks with Your Dog

Just as you're beginning to recover from your Halloween candy hangover you realize ... now it's November!  Thanksgiving and seasonal holidays are just around the corner.  And there is, after this year's Indian Summer, finally a reason to turn up the heat and stoke the fire in your fireplace.  It's easy to get swept away in all the chores, planning, shopping, cooking, decorating and parties that we have ahead of us in the coming months.  But as time goes on, the weather will very quickly turn colder and the snow will come.  Lucy Wyndham of Smart Dog Owners has kindly sent us a few quick tips for keeping you and your doggo safe, happy and healthy this coming winter:

"If you live in a place with noticeable seasons, then you’ve probably felt the chill creeping in during your morning and evening dog walks already.  Fall is truly under way, and winter is just around the corner.  Whether this is your first winter with a dog or you’re a seasoned owner, it’s a great idea to make sure that both you and your four-legged friend are prepared for the changing seasons. After all, not every dog is bred to deal with sub-zero temperatures, but every dog still needs their daily walkies to stay happy and healthy.

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Exactly how you need to prepare will depend on the age, size, and breed of your dog. An adult husky will thrive in the cold, but an elderly pug will need extra protection and warmth.

  • Get a cosy waterproof coat to help keep your dog warm and dry. Wet or icy buildup on fur can cause hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Make sure paws are protected too, with dog-sized booties or wax-based protective balms. Pads can easily become chilly and sore in the winter, so check them carefully after each walk.
  • Be safe and be seen in lower light levels, with high-vis or light-up accessories.
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Above all, pay close attention to your dog - both to prevent any accidents, and to quickly notice behavioural changes which could indicate they’re not feeling too great. For more ideas and guidance, check out this handy guide."

And another quick reminder from us at Big Business Scoopers: your dog doesn't stop pooping in the winter or in the snow.  So we don't stop poop scooping!  Contact us today to schedule a free estimate and learn more about our poop scoop service.