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Dog walk in winter: tips against freezing


If four-legged friends freeze during a dog walk in winter, this can be very uncomfortable for the fur noses. With a little preparation, you can make the dog walk pleasantly below freezing even for sensitive four-legged friends. A dog walk in winter can be so beautiful - Image: Shutterstock / Lars Christensen

A normal dog walk in the cold winter usually affects the owner more than his dog. After all, our four-legged friends have thick dog fur and move much more and faster than we do. Nevertheless, dogs can freeze.

When it's too cold for a dog walk in winter

If your darling is freezing, you will notice it quickly. If it trembles, it takes a cramped posture and presses against your leg or other potential heat sources, it is cold and it is time to turn back and get warm. Dogs that start to freeze quickly include small or very slim animals, such as greyhounds. Very young and very old dogs, sick or sheared animals and four-legged friends with very thin fur or Mediterranean origin are also often sensitive to the cold and should be protected when the temperatures drop.

Dog clothes against freezing in winter

If your dog is constantly freezing, you should think about winter clothing and, for example, give him a dog coat. You can find more on this topic in the guide "For cold days: winter coat for dogs". A dog sweater can also protect your dog's sensitive parts of the body, such as the abdominal region. Note that dog clothes are not suitable for all four-legged friends. It is therefore better to speak to your veterinarian if you are unsure whether this measure is the right one. Further information can be found in the guide "Dog clothes in winter: sensible or not?"

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Before and after the dog walk in winter

Almost all dogs enjoy freewheeling in winter just as in any other season. If your four-legged friend is not in the mood for long walks or if it is really extremely uncomfortable outside, you can of course keep the tour a little shorter. A healthy, robust dog is also happy if you do not turn up the heating on its basket too much, because it will be too warm with its winter fur.

And one more thing is important to keep your dog warm in winter: regular brushing removes dead, loose undercoat from the fur. Among other things, this lower skin prevents the regrowth of new, effective fur. By the way: Do not bathe your dog too often in winter, as this minimizes the natural layer of fat on the skin, which takes additional protection against the cold from the fur nose. Instead, dry your dog with a towel when it gets wet outside, and be sure to remove lumps of ice and snow that may have stuck between its bales.