The idea of taking a winter hike may be appealing to you. The idea of taking a winter hike together with your pet dog may have intrigued you even further.
Exploring snow-covered environments together with your pet does sound fun, but that will only be the case if the two of you have winter gear. We already talked about a couple of must-have winter accessories in December 16’s article. We have two more suggestions detailed below.
Keep Your Dog’s Paws Protected with Wax
While taking your dog out for a walk during a winter morning, you may have noticed them limping a bit. After going home to check on your dog’s feet, you may not find anything that could have caused that limp. The limp may have disappeared because the ice between their toes has melted.
When dogs walk on snow, bits of ice can get caught between their toes. Those small bits of ice can irritate your pet’s paws and even cause bleeding.
You can protect your dog’s paws from those icy bits of debris by applying a wax designed for dog paws. Pick up this type of wax at your local pet store and apply it on your pet’s feet before heading out. It’s also a good idea to use paw wax on your puppy as their feet are more sensitive.
Winter Gear Include Boots for Optimize Protection
If you’re going on a winter hike with your dog, paw wax will not suffice. You also need to get them some winter boots as well.
Choosing properly fitting boots for your dog will be essential. On top of that, REI.com also suggests getting boots that come with fleece lining. The fleece lining will provide additional warmth that your pet will appreciate greatly.
Its important to note that your dog will need to be gradually acclimated to new gear – so now is the time to get that gear and slowly introduce it to your dog.
We at TAILored Pet Services can watch over your dog while you go out shopping for their winter gear. We can also provide training to acclimate your dog to that new gear. You can book our services by contacting through our website or calling 425-923-7791.