Today I have winter reminders for you and your dog. We are still in the middle of the winter season, but people start to get lax about their dogs in the cold. One thing to keep in mind is that not all dogs are cold weather dogs, and not all dogs need coats. If you are out walking, running or playing, your dog will stay warm, just as you will.
Remember to care for your human first as you need her to care for you. With warmer winters and all the ice, humans have trouble staying upright on all the ice. Four years ago tomorrow Mom broke her ankle on a run with Bailie. Since then she wears Icebug shoes and boots to make sure she has grip on ice. If your human is out with you a lot, we recommend this brand of winter footwear! Mom has slip on spikes which are not very great and they fall off, and she has YakTrax which are good on packed snow, not so good on ice. We are so amazed at the grip of Icebug shoes.
Once your humans paws are cared for, it is time to think about our paws. If it is very cold, your pup may need dog shoes to keep her paws from freezing. The salt and chemicals the plows and people put down to clear roads and sidewalks are bad for our paws. We may also ingest the chemicals by licking our paws after our walk. For this reason, we have PAWZ boots that we put on in extreme cold and when the streets are full of chemicals.
Lastly, remember to make sure you and your human are easily seen. We’ve used our illumiseen necklaces and leashes for a couple years now. This year on Christmas we got new necklaces from BSEEN. We like them a lot because they are also waterproof. They look different as they have a colored on and off button, and are clear all around. Sometimes in late fall and early spring it is dark out and raining, not snowing so we need a waterproof necklace. These are rechargeable have two blinking, one solid setting, and we really like them.
A Few Last Winter Reminders
- Remember, if your dog is shivering, lifting up paws and hopping on three paws, or they want to go back home, they are probably cold.
- Older dogs and younger dogs have the most trouble handling cold weather.
- Don’t leave your dog outside for long periods of time. Always watch us to see if we are cold, or comfortable and having fun.
- Never let your dog play on ice. Every year we see people throwing a ball on the ice rink and laughing as their dog tries to fetch and falls over and over on the ice. We can get seriously injured in a fall on ice just as humans. This is plain cruel behavior.
Hopefully these winter reminders have been beneficial for you and your pup. Winter is a great time to be outside having fun if you are smart about it!
My GBGV Life is joining Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard for their Nature Friday blog hop.