Winter time in Central Ohio means cold cold weather and snow. Wind, cold, and then more snow. It can be brutal but thankfully it’s not constant. We get a break in the temps and it might reach up to 30s during the day.
Hey that’s balmy compared to the teens and single digits!
Walking in the cold and snow isn’t really very fun if I’m completely honest. However I’ve got a dog and he needs walked on a daily basis unless the weather is to the extreme in some way.
In the winter time I have seen the amount of people out walking their dogs decrease a great deal and I always feel sorry for the dog. Poor pup doesn’t get walked just because its owners don’t want to go out in the cold.
Not very fair is it?
It’s important to still exercise our dogs even in the winter time. Yeah it stinks but they need exercise and fresh air too!
Things to keep in mind:
Depending on your dog’s breed and fur type realize that they can get cold just like us. Check into dog jackets to help keep your pup warm and dry. A nice jacket made for a dog is a good investment and will last a long time. Not a fashion jacket for dogs but an actual jacket that is easy to put on, remove, and wash. I recommend jackets from Ruff Wear. That’s where I got Rocky’s jacket and he’s had it for over 5 years now. A jacket that has clips that snap on the sides are not only easy to put on but they stay in place. A jacket like this, while easy to put on is prone to slipping and moving around.
You’ve got to stay warm too, so wear what is comfortable and what will keep the wind and cold out. I promise it doesn’t have to be stylish, case in point, my lovely outfit. I look goofy for sure but it’s warm! I need the boots to keep my feet warm and dry. The hat keeps my head warm and keeps the wind from getting through. I also wear Scott’s old army winter jacket which is the warmest jacket I have ever known! It has a great lining and even in single digits I’m totally fine. I also wear a scarf and gloves that you might not be able to see.
If it’s really cold out and your dog will be walking through snow or on really cold pavement, consider booties. Again I recommend the ones from Ruff Wear. This not only protects your dog’s feet from cold (they can get frost bite too) but also from salt and other chemicals people put on their sidewalks and driveways.
Depending on the temperatures and how your dog handles it, will determine how long the walk is going to be. It won’t be a nice long hour walk but you should be able to do at least 30 minutes. Unless you have a wee little thing, then it will be shorter.
And of course, always pick up after your dog. Be respectful to your environment and the area where you’re walking.
Now get out there and walk your doggie!