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Very cold days- when to shorten walks

Posted on January 24, 2019 at 7:50 AM

With some very cold weather this winter you have to decide how long your dog walks will be. I base this on each dog, some don't mind the cold and some do, it also depends on whether there is ice and salt on the road that can get stuck in their paws. Once it gets below 20 degrees I start to think about shortening walks, for most dogs it's around 15 degrees I will shorten the walk and spend the rest of time giving attention/playing with them in the house. When it hits single digits I just stay out long enough for them to pee and poop (although not all poop). This is for the safety of the dogs but also for us. I tend to layer on very cold days and living in the Northeast I am used to the cold but some walks have high wind and that can bite right through the layers so you want to be careful. The other key is coffee, I know all the convenience stores on my route. (Insert your preferred hot beverage if you don't like coffee).

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