Snow can be a magical and fun experience for you and your dog. Whether it's their first time in the snow or they're an experienced winter buddy, there are plenty of activities to keep your four-legged friend entertained on those cold winter days. But before you head out into the snow with your pup, there are some safety precautions to take that will ensure everyone has a great time! So grab your coat and get ready for some fun in the snow with your furry friend!
Do Dogs Like Snow?
Generally speaking, most dogs love playing in the snow. They enjoy running around and rolling in it just like they do in sand or mud. However, depending on your pup’s breed, age and health some may not enjoy being outside when it's cold and wet. To be sure that you're providing a comfortable and safe environment for your dog when playing out in the snow, make sure you monitor their body language. If they start shivering or look uncomfortable, bring them inside where it's warm. Additionally, be extra cautious of ice as dogs are more likely to slip and fall on frozen surfaces.
How To Prepare for Fun in The Snow
Before you head out for some snowy fun, it’s a good idea to prepare your pup with the necessary gear. Investing in some winter-suitable clothing like waterproof coats and booties can keep them warm and protected from extreme weather conditions. Additionally, be sure to stock up on treats that are high in protein and fat as these will help provide extra energy for your dog when playing in cold temperatures.
Tips to Stay Safe in the Snow
When it comes to safety, you don't want to take any chances with your pup in the snow. To keep them healthy and happy during their outdoor adventure, here are some tips to follow:
- Bundle up! Clothing, such as a waterproof coat and booties can help protect your pup from extreme weather conditions. Wind shear and cold temperatures can be harsh on their skin, so having an extra layer of protection is key.
- Keep a close eye on your pup and make sure they don't ingest snow - it can contain dirt, bacteria and other contaminants that may be bad for their health. Watch out for any hazards that may be hidden under the snow too, like sharp objects, drop offs, rocks, curbs, etc.
- Be aware of the temperature, wind chill and remember to bring them inside if it gets too cold or wet. Limit play time in the snow to no more than 10-15 minutes at a time, and make sure to keep an eye out for any signs of frostbite or hypothermia.
- If the snow is very deep, keep an eye on their feet and stomach - they can easily get tired from trudging through the powder.
- Bring Toys! Having their favorite toys on hand can help keep your pup engaged and entertained.
How to Deal With Ice
Ice can be tricky to navigate with your pup as it can be hard for them to keep their balance and grip on the slippery surface. To make sure that they don't slip and fall, try having them walk in between you or behind you so you can help steady them if needed. If you must traverse an icy patch, be sure to use caution and watch your pup closely. If they end up slipping, have a towel on hand in case they need to be dried off. Additionally, coat their paws with a natural wax-based paw conditioner before heading outside as this will provide better traction and help protect their paws from ice burn.
What To Do After Being Outside in the Snow
Once you're back inside, it's important to take a few extra steps to make sure your pup is safe and warm. Start by using a soft towel to remove any snow and moisture from their fur. Continue the dog care routine by using Squishface Wrinkle Wipes to wipe their wrinkles, paws and toes. Check their feet for any cuts or abrasions. Wrinkle Wipes are great to help remove any dirt or debris that they may have picked up while playing in the snow. Additionally, Wrinkle Wipes contain Phytosphingosine which is a skin lipid with anti-inflammatory and microbe repelling properties. It helps rebuild the natural ceramides found in the skin barrier that are critical in helping keep the skin healthy. Follow with Squishface Wrinkle Paste to keep the skin fresh and protected!
The Bottom Line
Playing in the snow can be an enjoyable experience for you and your pup as long as you take the necessary safety precautions. Make sure to monitor your pup's body language when out in the cold, provide them with winter-appropriate clothing and gear, stay aware of potential hazards such as ice, and take extra steps to clean them up once back inside. With these tips in mind, you can be sure that both you and your pup will have a great time playing outside in the snow!