When Is It Too Cold To Walk A Dog?
Short answer: A general rule of thumb is if it is too cold for you, it's too cold to walk the dog.
But make sure you looking at weather fairly. "Don't want to" and "too cold" can be two different things. It is important for your dog get some physical activity even in the winter.
- Winterize Your Dog
Your dog love to get out, even in 5 inches of snow? Prepare him or her for winter weather and get outside for some fun.
Is It OK to Walk YOUR Dog?
Others things to look at when deciding when is cold "too cold": the dog's breed and type of coat, her age, any health conditions, and what she's wearing if anything.
Generally, a healthy medium or large size dog can take a stroll in the winter. Below freezing, shorten the play time, by 10 or 20 minutes. For smaller dogs, you should also keep the walks short, and shorter still if below freezing. If your dog is shivering, go in
You can get information about your dog's breed and his tolerance to weather from your vet or a good reference book. For instance, even though they are sizable dogs, Bullmastiffs are particularly temperature sensative and shouldn't be out in neither very hot nor very cold weather.
Dogs with longer coats and/or are double coated (they have an undercoat of fur for the winter) can stay out in the cold longer. Single coat dogs should have shorter times outside or maybe wear a sweater or jacket.
Age and Health
Very young or very old dogs work harder to regulate body temperature. If it is cold, keep the walk very short, consider a dog sweater and booties, or even play games indoors.
Just Do It - In The Cold
Just because your dog does not want to go out doesn't mean he should stay in. It is still important for your dog (hey, and you too) to get some physical activity, even in the winter. Besides, your dog might like the snow!
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