If you find it hard to drag yourself out of bed to walk your dog on cold, wet and windy mornings, you are not alone. As much as we would all like to stay in bed all day, duty calls, especially if your dog is eagerly awaiting a walk. Here are a few tips to make it easier for you and your pooch to venture outside during the colder months:
Invest in an Umbrella
Golf umbrellas are so big they can fit you, your dog and three others from getting wet. If you find it a bit tricky to navigate a leash and an umbrella while trying to scoop up your dog’s business, try a raincoat instead. Make sure it is waterproof and not just water-resistant though, otherwise you can easily become soaked.
Rug up your Dog
Buy a jacket or raincoat for your dog as well – if you have to put on extra layers, your dog is probably feeling the chill too. The coat will keep your dog warm, and make the drying process a lot easier for you as only their paws will be wet, rather than their whole body. Plus they will not smell as bad afterwards, which is always a bonus.
Seek out an-made Shelters
If you live in the city, maybe skip the muddy parks and make a detour down a strip of shops. There are man-made undercover shelters there and as you pass the café’s you have ample opportunities to warm up between those toasty outdoor heaters.
Exercise with your Dog
An excellent way to warm up in the morning is to run or jog with your dog. It will improve your health and save you time and money on expensive gym memberships. Another advantage is that you can cover the same distance in half the time, giving you a bit more of a sleep in.
If you really can’t handle the environment outside, try the following:
Share the Load
Get in contact with a neighbour who also has a dog and see if they would be interested in alternating dog walking schedules with you. This means you are only out there half the time, and your dog gets to make a new friend!
If you have a small sized dog or a long hallway at home, it could be the perfect place to play fetch where you do not even have to leave your home.
If you live in an apartment, fetch in the hallway is not possible without knocking the whole place down. However, you can still remain indoors by utilising the stairways of the building as all you have to do is attach a leash to your dog and start climbing.
Teach your dog some new tricks
If your dog has arthritis or any other injuries it is best to avoid stairs or any strenuous exercise altogether. They do not have to miss out on all the fun though. While they may not be physically active, they will still enjoy metal stimulation so spend some time teaching your dog new tricks such as to give a high five, shake, bring your slippers or even to put their toys away!
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