About this course
How do you give your dog quality time outside during the cold months and be assured they are warm and safe? Does it make you feel bad if your dog shivers or lifts up her paws because they were too cold?
How do you prevent that from happening? What are the signs of hypothermia or just plain discomfort? What is the best gear for winter and how do get them to wear it if they don't like it?
All these questions and more are answered in this brief and well organized guide on Winter Dog Hiking tips.
Welcome to Mass Dog Hikes' Free Winter Dog Hiking Guide. This is set up like a course, with 6 main topic sections.
You can track your progress, make comments to the community and Brian, watch videos, etc.
It covers many topics regarding hiking with your dog, or just plain walking or being out in the yard. These include gear, signs of discomfort, safety advice while on the trails and more. Enjoy!
In this first section, you learn about the need to gradually increase the time--and the distance--that your dog is exposed to the cold.
Learn about ways to avoid getting "caught in the cold" with your dog. Such as the importance of what breed they are, what products to help with sore paws, and more.
Proper winter gear for your dog is essential when you hike and walk in the winter. Learn about footwear (booties), jackets and more in this section.
In this section, I use a video to discuss the many reasons why a leash is important, even when you are far away from roads and other people...and how best to use it so that your dog still has freedom, but you still have peace of mind.
In this section, I include of list of the signs of hypothermia, as well as some advice on what to actually do if you notice these signs.
Please know that I am not an expert in hypothermia, and you should talk to your vet and do additional research on this topic.
The snow can be beautiful, especially out in the wilderness. But it can also be hiding things that can hurt your dog...and you.
I point out these potential hazards in this section.
The snow that glistens in the sun and feels as soft as a blanket, can contain agents (such as salt and ice melt chemicals) and other dangers that can make your dog ill.
Use this section to learn about these dangers and how to avoid your dog from being affected by them.