It’s National Walk Your Dog Month
These are some things to remember when walking your dog in the various seasons.
1. Take your dog outside when it’s cool
The pavement can get very hot in summer, which can cause blisters on your dog’s paws. It is best to walk your dog in the morning, or late evening, when it is cool. The pavement will heat up if the sun is too high in the sky in the afternoon or in the early evening.
2. Stay on the Grass
You can walk your dog on grass if you are unable to get to the best times of the day. This will prevent them from getting burned on the streets or sidewalks. You can bring them to a park, but keep them in shaded areas. To keep your dog hydrated, you can bring a water bowl or water bottle for them.
3. Paw Wax
You can rub paw wax onto the paw pads of your dog to create a semi-permeable barrier that protects your pet’s sensitive feet. Dogs usually do not wear shoes. Paw wax can protect your dog’s paws from hot surfaces like sand and ice as well as harmful chemicals such road salts.
These are signs that your dog’s paws hurt during summer walks
Dogs are prone to limping or refusing to walk. Paw pads of dogs are darker than usual. Paw pads of dogs are visible damaged if there are blisters or redness on their paw pads.
1. Dog boots, sweaters, and jackets
The extra layer keeps us warm, just like us. To protect your dog’s paws when it is cold or hot outside, you can use dog booties. Remember that dogs are not always comfortable wearing clothes and some dogs have difficulty walking in boots.
2. Look for Cues
To determine if your dog is coping with the cold, be sure to check for signs while you’re walking. Signs that your dog is experiencing cold weather include whining and excessive lifting of their paws.
3. Stay on Sidewalks
If your dog is not a cold-loving breed such as an Alaskan Malamute or Siberian Husky, it’s best to keep them away from deep snow and allow them to go for longer walks. Your dog will feel colder if it touches their unprotected stomach. Dogs don’t have fur, so if you take your dog for long walks in deep snow, they may get colder. Keep snow jumping to a short distance and stick to trails and sidewalks.
4. Reflective Collars & Leashes
Winter is shorter so remember to take night walks and stay visible. You can make your walks safer by attaching a light to your dog’s collar, or have them wear a reflective collar and/or leash.
These are signs that your dog’s paws hurt during winter walks
Dogs’ paws are showing signs of splitting, including sores. Dogs may not be able to walk or are unable to move. Paw pads visible damaged
These collars and leashes Top Dog Advisor offers can be used to walk your dog regardless of the weather. There are many products that will make walking your pets less stressful, whether you’re training them to not pull or walking multiple dogs.
Waterproof Martingale Dog Collar
The waterproof and odor-proof martingale collar has a buckle with a chain that allows for easy movement during doggie activities. The collar adjusts to your dog’s pressure when he pulls on the leash. The collar should be snug enough to allow your dog to walk properly without pulling. You can also get the Waterproof Training Pack, which includes a collar as well as a leash.
Waterproof, Tangle-Free Double Dog Lead
This leash is ideal for multiple dogs, so they don’t get tangled up during walks.
No Pull Embroidered Dog Harness
A No Pull Embroidered Harness for Dogs is a great option if your walks are not long enough because your dog pulls on their leash, or zig-zags across your path. This classic harness has a martingale-style loop across its chest that gives you more control.
I hope you find this helpful and enjoyable.
National Walk Your Dog Month. The How-to Dog Blog.