Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Is Walking Your Dog in the Rain a Good Idea?

Most of us don’t relish walking in the rain if we don’t have to, so why should our dogs feel any different?  

Of course, there are some canine kids that will go outside in any weather, but most dogs like to avoid extreme weather conditions.
The trick is to make the experience as comfortable as possible. In rain and snow, you can start with a doggie coat – one that repels moisture and one that keeps the dog warm in colder weather to prevent hypothermia.

The next step would be to walk your dog under the cover of trees, awnings, indoor-outdoor hallways or any area that may block rain, hail or snow.  You might also consider pet umbrellas that you can attach to your dog’s collar or rain boots, if your dog is willing.

Another suggestion would be for you to carry an extra large umbrella that covers both you and your dog if you walk him/her close to your side. 

Finally, you’ll want to keep some “dog towels” inside the door of your home to dry your dog off as soon as you get inside – not only to keep your floors clean, but to maintain the dryness and warmth of your dog.

– Kassira Mckee

Check out a great article on the subject by clicking here.

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