WELLBEING: 10 Tips for Walking Dogs Safely in the Snow


walking dogs safely in the snow

Is it snowing where you are? Don’t get caught out in the white, make sure you check out our 10 essential tips for walking dogs safely in the snow.

1. White or light coloured dogs can be particularly hard to see in the snow. A high-viz collar or neon dog coat will help you maintain good visibility of your dog when you’re out on winter walks.

2. Lean dogs like Whippets and Greyhounds, as well as older dogs and young puppies will most definitely need protection from the cold. In fact, unless they’re double coated or bred for the snow like Huskies, most dogs will need something extra to keep them warm when it’s really chilly out. Invest in a good waterproof and windproof dog coat. LoveMyDog also have some great hard-wearing tweed dog coats, lined with super-soft and shearling or consider a snuggly dog sweater for extra warmth.

3. Dog’s paws take a battering in winter – salt and grit can burn and cut sensitive pads. They may also lick and groom grit-covered paws which can make them sick. Soak your pooches paws in warm water after a walk, dry them properly and coat them in a good paw balm like Healing Paw Balm with sweet almond oil and kanuka by WildWash, to replenish moisture.

4. If your dog has medium to long fur, keep it trimmed and tidy around their paws with clippers like the Paw Tidy Trimmer from Wahl – this will prevent snow from sticking to it and ripping or pulling – OUCH!

5. A dog’s sense of smell can be affected in the snow, so if it’s coming down heavily, best to keep Fido on a lead so he doesn’t become lost of disorientated.

6. Beware of pets drinking out of puddles on the road, particularly around cars, because of the dangers of anti-freeze. Unfortunately, it’s tasty but highly toxic to dogs, so please keep dogs well away!

7. Never, EVER let dogs run out onto frozen bodies of water. The ice can be dangerously thin and the consequences for both dog and owner, if the dog goes through a frozen lake or pond, are not even worth thinking about. Keep your canine companion on a lead at all times around icy surfaces.

8. Be especially careful if snow is thick and coming down heavily. If your pooch is more adventurous and likes to get amongst it, consider investing in a pair of snow boots like the Polar Trex Snow Boots by Ruffwear.

9. Don’t stay out too long – although Fido might be having the time of his life rolling around in all that white stuff, it can get mighty cold, so for your sake and his, keep walks short.

10. Don’t venture too far from your house or car. If you notice your pooch shivering or suffering from the cold, get back to the warmth tout suite!


Sara is the Founder & Editor of StyleTails. A writer, design-lover and long-time animal-hugger, Sara launched StyleTails in 2012 to inspire people live a more beautiful life with their four-legged friends. Along with her canine sidekick George, a rescue Yorkie with a big attitude, Sara regularly commentates on luxury pet product and lifestyle trends and has been featured in Elle Decoration, BBC Radio, and is also an expert contributor to WGSN, the leading design trend forecaster.

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