Dogs Trust

Winter Walkies

With the sudden cold snap and plenty of snow and sleet around, we want to highlight some of our top tips for walking in Wintery Weather. Whether your taking part in our Dog Walking Challenge or just having your usual potter with your pooch, here are some tips to keep you safe and seen when you’re out and about in this weather.

  • If it's snowy or icey out, wipe your dog's paws, legs and underneath when you get in to remove any grit, snow or ice.
  • Be visible – choose hi-vis, or fluorescent, clothing for humans in daylight, and something reflective after dark. Reflective leads, light-up collars and lights that attach to harnesses are all available for your doggie pal too, so they can be seen by cars or other walkers.
  • Take a torch – they can be super handy for seeing what’s ahead on dark days as well as at night.
  • Stick to familiar paths in the dark – if you can’t see what’s there, don’t step there.
  • Stay warm – your dog might need a cosy coat if they’re older, smaller or have thinner hair, just make sure it’s a good fit and they are comfortable wearing it!
  • Don’t take chances with traffic – drivers can’t see you as well in low winter sun or during longer nights, even if you can see them.
  • Watch out for wildlife – give wintering birds the space and peace they need to forage.
  • Dogs can get disorientated in the snow, so best to keep them on lead in case they get lost.
  • It's also a good idea to check your dog's microchip details are up to date and always ensure they have a collar and a tag with your contact details on them.

Please don't leave your dog outside or in a car, especially during cold weather and if it's too cold or unsafe to take your dog for a walk, don't worry, missing an ocassional walk is okay. Check out our suggestions for keeping your four-legged friend entertained indoors HERE.

We have lots of other useful advice for dog owners, such as teaching your dog to walk nicely on a lead.

Visit our Help & Advice section for more information!