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A Few Helpful Tips for Walking your Dog in Winter

When it drops below freezing outside, it is important to be ready ahead of time. If you live in part of the country that gets snow or freezing rain there are some things you can do to make things easier when walking your dog. When it snows more than 3-4″ outside, it obscures everything. Walking on slick icy sidewalks is dangerous. Those that live in an apartment complex have the most difficulty, so here are a few ways to deal with it.

1. If you live in a home with a grassy front or back yard, make sure to shovel a path for your dog to do their business. This is especially important if you have a smaller dog. That way, it is easier to pick up when they are done, and they don’t get as wet and cold. If you live in an apartment and have close access to a grassy patch it is a smart way deal with this.

2. Get some ice melt. Making sure that the concrete path is not slippery is important. This is especially true if you have to walk on a side walk to take your dog potty. Clearing a path will make the neighbors happy too. Many times the apartment manager won’t do this, and will just tend to the parking lot only.

3. Always have a flash light when walking your dog in the dark. This is true even if you know your surroundings as black ice is sometimes tricky to spot. That way there are no accidents.

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