As we pretty much approached the winter months, colder air, rain and possibly snow, it’s important we all know how to look after our pooches so they can stay happy over these next few months!
These are our top tips!
- Our first top tip is to check the weather, it’s best to do this first so you know what other precautions to take or if it’s safe to even go on a walk! Checking the weather ahead of time may seem like such a small task, but you don’t want to be halfway through your walk when a blizzard starts!
- Before you leave, wrap up warm, even if it doesn’t seem cold when you first step outside, but when you’re out the weather could drop or depending where you go it may be a bit colder or windier. This is a big top tip especially if your pup has short fur or is prone to getting cold; like a lurcher or a basset hound. If you would like to know more about coats and whether your pooch may need one we have a whole article over on our website: http://gencon-allin1.co.uk/does-your-dog-need-a-coat-this-winter/
Now you’re out these are some tips on how to keep your dog safe as well as happy;
- Stay away from rovers and lakes that are frozen over. These are a BIG no go, it’s like the saying ‘Looks are very deceiving’. They might look solid and okay to run on but they’re most likely not, so letting your dog off the lead around these areas, especially if your dog is untrained or very young you should stay away from these, make sure you know the nearest animal centre or vet and their number so you can immediately get help.
- If snow does fall, then after your walk look for any snow in their paws, because they can turn to ice balls and be really painful to take out, to prevent these cut any of the longer hair around the paws, or if you’re not confident to do it yourself, take them to a groomers and they’ll be able to help and give advice. Also check for salt and grit, as the floor gets slipper and icier salt and grit will be laid down for safety reasons but because of how small it is it can tend to get stuck between their paws, just when you get home it;s easy enough to get it out.
Also, because the UK weather can’t make up it’s mind usually, find ways to be active indoors somehow or under shelter so even when the weather is impossible to go out in, your pup can still keep active and get their daily dose or exercise.
Do you have any tips we might of missed out? The Gencon dog head collar would be perfect for winter walks! The Gencon® All-in-1 and Headcollars are made from soft yet durable fabric and are specifically designed not to pull up into your dog’s eyes or uncomfortably turn their head, making them the perfect lead training accessories for grown dogs and puppy walking. The Gencon consists of two simple loops that apply gentle pressure when your dog pulls, the lead gently but effectively stops your dog pulling forwards.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Gencon dog head collar is recommend by The Guild of Dog Trainers!