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StoryNovember 16, 2023

6 Winter Walking Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe and Comfortable

Man with dog on a leash walking on snowy pine forest in winter

At Post Consumer Brands, we understand that our furry friends are an important part of our lives. That’s why we believe in providing tips and advice to help you take care of your pets, including during the winter months when colder temperatures, ice and snow are added challenges in keeping our dogs safe and comfortable. Before taking your dog on a walk this winter, check out these six safety tip recommendations.

1. Protect Their Feet

When it comes to protecting your pet’s feet during winter walks, there are a few things to keep in mind. The cold temperatures and harsh conditions can be tough on their paws. Consider investing in booties or paw wax to provide an extra layer of protection. This will help prevent their feet from getting too cold or coming into contact with harmful substances, such as ice melt or salt that can cause irritation.

2. Bundle Them Up

Just like humans, pets can also benefit from some extra layers during the winter. Depending on the breed and size of your pet, you may want to consider getting them a winter coat or sweater for when they’ll be out in the elements for an extended period of time. This will help keep them warm and comfortable during your walks. Don’t forget to also protect their ears and paws from the cold by using a hat or booties if appropriate. 

3. Expend Energy

Winter walks can be a great way for your pup to burn off some energy, especially if they are cooped up indoors for most of the day. However, it’s important to be mindful of the temperature and duration of the walk. Shorter, more frequent walks may be more suitable for colder days. Additionally, consider engaging in other indoor activities, such as playing fetch or using interactive toys, to help keep your pet active, entertained and mentally stimulated when outside playtime isn’t as frequent.

4. Avoid Metal

During winter walks, it’s important to avoid walking your pet on metal surfaces, such as metal grates or manhole covers. These surfaces can become extremely cold and may cause discomfort or even injury to your pet’s paws. Stick to walking on snow or using pet-friendly pathways to ensure their safety.

5. Avoid Snow Diving

While it may be tempting for your pet to dive headfirst into a pile of snow, it’s important to discourage this behavior. Without knowing what hazards may lay in the snow pile, snow diving can lead to injuries, such as sprained joints or even getting stuck. Do your best to redirect their attention to other activities or toys to prevent them from engaging in risky behavior.

6. Keep an Eye on Your Dog

Lastly, always keep a close eye on your pet during winter walks. Look out for signs of discomfort, such as shivering or lifting their paws off the ground. If you notice any signs of distress, it’s important to bring them indoors and provide them with warmth and comfort. Make sure to have fresh water available for your pet when you return home, as the cold weather can be dehydrating. If your dog is able to run freely in the snow, be sure to monitor their whereabouts, especially if the snow is deeper in places.

The well-being of your pets is a top priority for us at Post Consumer Brands. Just like our commitment to providing delicious and nutritious breakfast options for humans, we also believe in supporting the health and happiness of our furry companions. Remember to keep these tips in mind when walking your dog or pet in the winter, and don’t forget to reward them with a tasty treat or a bowl of Nature’s Recipe® pet food when you get back home.