Take care of the dog in the snow – 5 tips for walking in the winter weather

Then winter came to Denmark! With snow, wind and slippery roads, you must move carefully outdoors, whether you are in a car, on a bicycle or on your daily walk with the dog. That is why we have put together 5 good tips for what you as a dog owner should be aware of in the snowy weather.

1. Make yourself and the dog visible

If it snows a lot, visibility for both yourself and passers-by may be poor. It may therefore be a good idea to keep the dog on a relatively short leash when you are out in the snow. Then you are sure you know where you have your dog. Here, our Sealines dog leash can be a good option, as it is a dressage leash with several possible lengths that can be chosen in an orange color, which will also brighten up the white landscape. In addition, it is important to have reflectors on and preferably some light on the dog, which helps both in the tangle of snowflakes and on the dark evenings.

2. Dry the dog well after a walk in the snow

Although dogs have fur, the cold and wet weather can be a nuisance for them. Some dog breeds do not have very thick fur or undercoat and may therefore need special dog clothes to keep them warm on cold walks. It can be greyhounds or whippets, for example. But all dogs, regardless of breed and coat type, need to be dry and warm when they come back inside after the walk. Therefore, always make sure to dry the dog well and thoroughly after a walk in the snow, for example by using a super absorbent drying blanket that dries the dog's wet fur in just 15-20 minutes. By keeping the dog warm and dry, you reduce the risk of discomfort and possible skin irritation.

Golden Retriever in snowy landscape wearing a Siccaro SupremePro drysuit

3. Check the paws for snow clumps and salt

Winter's frosty weather and snow showers especially expose the dog's paws to the cold. It can make the dog's pads more sensitive and lead to more tears and cracks in the paws. When we humans clear the snow on roads and pavements and sprinkle salt on to prevent slippery roads, the dog is at risk of getting salt into these cracks. It can be quite painful for the dog, which makes it necessary to always keep the paws clean after a walk in the winter weather. Carefully check your dog's paws for tears and redness and remember to always rinse them for snow, salt and dirt, even if it doesn't look like there is anything wrong. Afterwards, you can dry the little messes with a softdog towel .

If your dog has a very thick or long fur, you must also be aware that the long wet hair can collect snow and create small frozen lumps of ice, which bothers the dog. Some dog owners trim the hair between the paws to make cleaning easier, and others use paw wax for those dogs that are extra sensitive.

4. Do not leave the dog unprotected in a cold car

Most dog owners are very careful not to leave the dog alone in the car in the summer, but not everyone thinks as much about it in the winter. It can be dangerous to leave your dog unprotected in a cold car for too long both in terms of illness and stiff joints. An easy solution is to make sure to wrap the dog warmly, for example in a warm blanket or a drying blanket , which both dries the wet dog and keeps it warm. The dog also does not have to lie on the hard, cold floor of the car or the cage if you invest in a comfortable mat on which it can rest. staffy dog ​​lies on a black Siccaro FlexDog drying mat in the back of a car

5. Consider new routes on the walk

When the snow takes over the land and covers the landscape with a blanket of white, the world feels changed. But it can also be a good idea to create a little change yourself, at least in relation to your walks with the dog. If your normal routes are full of salt residues after snow removal, or large piles of snow have perhaps been blown across your favorite trails, then it is a good opportunity to try something new. In this way, you can avoid problems with salt and snow in the paws, and it also gives the dog new sights, sounds and smells to explore, which helps to stimulate the dog mentally during the walk.

We hope you could use one or more of these tips, and wish you and your dog lots of good walks in the snow.

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