We’ve got 5 springtime dog walking tips for our friends today. Even if you are like us, and walk 365 days a year, there are some things to keep in mind to keep your dog safe.
5 Springtime Dog Walking Tips
1. Ease into your walking.
If you walk like we do, 365 days a year, the stamina is already there. Many people don’t walk their dogs in the winter, so start slowly and build up to longer walks. Just like you can’t simply get off the couch and walk several miles, your dog can’t either. Actually, your dog will do it for you, but it is hard on their joints and muscles, so take a week or two to build up to longer walks.
2. Don’t slip on the ice.
In winter climates, the melting snow causes lots of ice on walkways, especially in the morning. Like humans, dogs can slip and fall on ice, and like humans, they can get seriously injured. Make sure you either avoid the ice altogether, or take is slow and steady with your dog. Never let your dog run on the ice.
3. Watch the temperature.
The weather has been cold for months, so even 50 or 60 degrees will seem quite warm to you and your dog. Watch your dog for signs of being too warm. Carry some water along if temperatures are above 60 degrees. Just as you acclimate to warmer weather in time, so will your dog. Try to find shadier spots to walk if the weather is suddenly very warm.
4. Beware of thin ice.
Dogs and people fall through the ice a lot in the springtime. Keep your dog off the ice, and keep her on leash if there is water in the area. Even the neighborhood pond is a danger to dogs. It is very difficult to get a dog out of the water if they fall in and start to panic, so keep them away from thin ice to begin with.
5. Ticks are out and about.
Did you know that ticks don’t die in the winter. They just sleep, but when temps go above freezing, they wake up and start looking for spots to grab onto. Just because there is snow on the ground doesn’t mean your dog doesn’t need tick repellent. Make sure your dog is ready to fight the ticks, and check her over after she has been outdoors. Ticks have already been found here in Minnesota where we live.
Do you follow our springtime dog walking tips? We hope everyone gets out and about and stays safe and healthy. Of course, we still have our paws crossed for more snow, but in the meantime, we are dealing with springtime on our walks.