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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter
January 15, 2012
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Exercising Your Dog Safely in the Winter


The winter months are some of the most beautiful times of year – the fresh snow on the ground, icicles hanging from trees, and new and exciting scents for your dog. Above all, they still have the same energy levels in the winter that they do in the summer, so exercise is vital. We all know that snow and cold weather can also be dangerous for our four legged friends, so here are some tips for getting Regular Exercise For Your Dog during the harshest winter months.

Tip #1 – Stay Active

The first thing to remember is that it's very easy for your dog's core temperature to drop if they stay outside in the snow too long. They may have a fur coat, but it doesn't compare to your coat and mittens. Even if you're still warm your dog may be freezing. Keep your outside excursions short and active, and come inside as soon as your pup stops running around.

Tip #2 – Stay Dry

Keeping your dog dry will also protect him from hypothermia, which can begin to set in even before he starts shivering. If you do notice that your dog is shivering take him inside immediately and rub him down with a soft towel, then wait to see if there are any further symptoms, like coughing or sneezing. Hypothermia is extremely serious in dogs so try to get your pup to a vet as soon as possible if you see any of the symptoms.

If you have a lot of snow in your area you have to be especially careful of this. Dogs love to leap around and dig in snow and it's easy for them to get wet when they do. Keep your dog dry and he'll be much happier.

Tip #3 – Use a Leash

Unless you're playing with your dog in an enclosed yard it's a great idea to use a leash in winter, even if you wouldn't normally. First of all, snow covers up a lot of the scents that your dog uses to navigate, so he can easily get lost if you're taking him through the woods. Small animals are going to be just as attractive to your dog as at any other time of year, so you should expect him to bolt off suddenly as a squirrel, bird, or rabbit catches his eye.

Frozen lakes and ponds present a real risk to your Dog's Health too; most of the time there are thin patches that even a small dog could fall through.

Tip #4 – Watch the Paws

Salt and broken ice can be pretty tough on your pup's little paws. Cities and towns everywhere put down a layer of salt on roads to prevent them from getting icy, but the mineral salts used can cause a lot of irritation. Wash your dog's feet with some warm water after going out to play.

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