Winter in the northeast can be challenging for dog walking. Cold, ice, dark, road chemicals, you name it, we’ve got it all. For your own safety and sanity, as well as the safety of your dog(s), there are few things you’d be wise to remember.
- A dog with weak back legs can still kick snow in your face. Author’s Note: Thank Dog there were no ice chunks in it.
- Always wear boots when there is snow on the ground. Note to self: The day you don’t, is the day your dog will poop in the deepest snow bank they can find.
- A dog who doesn’t see well, can often times mistake your shadow for another person.
For the record, a 70 pound lab who mistakes your shadow for a person, can pull your fat ass across a street.
- When potty space is limited due to large amounts of snow, some dogs WILL poop in the street. Once the snow starts melting, and running down the side of the road, some dogs WILL STILL poop in the street. For those with a curious mind…shit, does indeed…roll down hill. (Especially when it catches the right current.) 😉
- Always carry a towel for wiping paws, as a dog who gets ice or road chemicals on their paw will refuse to walk. Fact: Using your glove or mitten to wipe a dog’s paw can result in some really cold hands.
- Be prepared to hunt for **treasure**. Truth: A poop, fresh from the factory will sink like the Titanic. There’s a reason it’s called a steamer’ folks!
These are the tips that come readily to my mind. Can you think of any others? What advice would you give to first time winter dog walkers?