How to Walk Your Dog Safely this Winter

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Venturing out for a walk with your dog in the middle winter does come with a number of hazards, but armed with common sense and remembering that if you’re feeling cold and miserable your dog probably is too, you can enjoy your winter walks together.

Here are my 7 tips for walking your dog safely this winter.
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Winter Paw Care

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Looking after your dog’s paws is vital to keeping him healthy throughout winter.

Here’s 5 winter paw tips:

Keep Your Dog’s Nails Trimmed

Long nails will make your dog’s toes spread when he walks, so giving more room for snow and ice build up between his toes. This can make walking painful for your dog – try walking with cotton wool between your toes and you’ll get an idea of what your dog would be experiencing.

Unclipped nails also affect your dog’s weight distribution, pushing his weight onto the back of his feet. This means he’ll have less traction and will be more likely to slip and injure himself when he’s walking on an icy path.

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Winter Dog Tips

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This month I’m going to focus on providing some cold weather protection tips for our dogs.

Over the next four weeks I’ll be looking at dog paw care, grooming, how to keep our dogs safe and warm whether they live inside or outside the house, tips on how to give our dogs a good work out despite the weather, dealing with frostbite and hypothermia and some specific winter hazards to watch out for.

Depending on where you live, winter can mean sub zero temperatures, reasonably mild humid conditions or anything in between these extremes – but wherever you are, you need to be aware of how colder weather can affect your dog’s health.

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