How to prepare for winter dog walks

Even in the cold dogs need to be walked, while there is a temperature that is too cold for them, winter doesn’t have to stop you from walking your dog. There are lots of things you can do to help your dog stay warm on your winter dog walks. Here’s how…

winter dog walks

  • Plan Ahead

Knowing the best time and temperature it is when you walk your dog is important but also knowing the conditions of the road and what route you will be taking is important as well. If there is a lot of ice or snow on your path it may be difficult to do longer walks. 

  • Consider A Dog Jacket

While some dogs like huskies are usually perfectly comfortable in the snow, not every dog will be. For smaller dogs with less fur consider getting them a coat to wear around so that they stay warm enough. 

  • Consider Dog Boots

The pads of your dog’s paws are very sensitive and things such as salt for melting ice can harm your dog’s feet and cause problems. Consider getting your dogs boots not only to keep harmful chemicals away from their paws but also to keep their paws clean if they have long hair.

  • Keep your dog’s paw hair trimmed

For some dogs that have curly hair, snow can easily get trapped in their paws and make them very uncomfortable. Keep this in mind if you’re taking your dog on a walk through snow as it can not only make them cold but it will leave a mess in your house. 

  • Limit the amount of time spent out in the cold

While you may be able to spend more time outside in the cold your dog may have other thoughts. Limit the amount of time you have your dog outside in the cold and monitor how they react to it. 


If you have any other questions about preparing for winter dog walks contact Animal Medical Center of Appleton to learn more.