Do you walk your dog in the winter?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Our pup gets a walk every day. Often two. Even with a run out in the back, she needs to stretch her legs and sniff new things. It doesn’t matter how cold. I would go stir-crazy if I didn’t leave my house for at least once every day!

Bundle up — winter hats do great things to keep you warm. Remember the old adage – “if your fingers or toes are cold, put on a hat.” If you’re worried about the dark — grab a flashlight or headlamp. It’s a good way to let cars know you’re there and helps you see your dog’s business when you pick it up.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Well I have not had a dog recently, but when I did – of course. Dogs need daily exercise. I only refrained from walking when the temps got in the single digits. Snow boots and thermies make walking the dog much more bearable!

Post # 5
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11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@Stace126:  I would like to but our dogs absolutely hate any time of moisture even if it is a slight drizzle. So for those slightly damp or pouring down rain days no we don’t bother walking them. They are just too high-maintenance for a bit of weather.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Stace126:  The dog does need a walk, is there anyone you can trust to do it for you?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We don’t have a backyard, so our dog gets 2 walks per day, every day, sometimes three depending on the day. Rain or shine, we get him out and walking 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Stace126:  we walk our two dogs morning and evening, every day.  dogs do need exercise.  we live in OH, and winters are pretty bruital here.  our pups LOVE the snow!  they think its the most facinating thing, and always get so excited when there’s snow on the ground.  we put jackets/sweaters on them, and have used booties on occasion.  

you can also take a flashlight out with you to walk your pup when its dark out.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

uhh yeah, he’s a dog he needs excercise. there are many ways to stay safe in the snow/ ice.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Walking is actually a primal instinct for dogs, which is probably contributing to your dog going stir crazy. My dog gets walked at least once a day, unless it’s raining or snowing (although he’d be walking in the rain and snow if it was up to him). No indoor activity can replace that walk. If the sidewalk conditions are good–not covered with ice or snow–then it’s probably ok to take your pup out. I’m sure he’ll really appreciate it.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I’m confused… I thought dogs needed walking at least twice a day in all weathers? My brother has a puppy, and it needs taking outside/walking every two hours, at that age.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Absolutely! That’s part of being a responsible dog owner. He has a fur coat, he’s fine for a brisk walk! Take a flashlight and wear reflective clothing. They even have reflective collars and leashes for the pooch. Please don’t keep him cooped up in the house for months. That’s cruel,  in my opinion.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Husband and I let the dog run around like a moron in the back yard. We’ll bundle up and toss a ball for him.

Post # 14
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Worker bee

I assume when you say you dont “walk” him, you mean you still let him go in the front yard do his business and come back in…and not use a pee pee pad in the house??

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Our dog gets 2-4 walks a day regardless of the weather, so anywhere from 45-90+mins a day. When it’s colder than about -20C (-5F) he wears a jacket since he’s pretty little and gets cold easily, and when it’s that cold or the sidewalks are salted he wears (embarassingly to all 3 of us) booties to protect his feet. Without the boots he can walk about 10m then stands and lifts his feet one by one! It’s pretty cold for 3-4 months here so we couldn’t not walk him because of the weather. I walk him in the dead of winter even at 4:45am when I need to be at work at 6:30am. He needs it (and most dogs do). We don’t have a yard, but if we did he would still get one good walk a day like my dogs did growing up – as PP said, it does help satisfy their primal need for walking. And he LOVES the snow.

If you’re worried about the dark you can wear a headlamp, and they make reflective collars or leash for dogs to give you some more visibility for cars. If you bundle up against the cold it’s not bad at all.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I actually just walked mine in -6C weather with snow and ice on the ground. I didnt really want to, its realllly cold lol, but they love it so its worth it to me.

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