Winter Dog Walking
It’s finally winter up here in Canada and I’ve noticed that the sale trucks have been coming around to salt our driveways and sidewalks. Although my dogs are both potty trained indoors with a litter box, we still like to go out for exercise and fun. But we don’t go out when it’s really cold out there.
Yesterday was a sunny day and the temperature was not too bad so I took the them out for a nice winter dog walk. They were fine until we got close to home near the mailbox which is usually our last stop before arriving home. My girl Roxie suddenly stopped and she was obviously uncomfortable with something she stepped on.
I don’t think it was the colder pavement because she was walking on that plus the snow throughout the walk without any problems. I think it might have been a salt pellet or the accumulation of the salt that might have irritated her paws.
Dog Boots A Possibility
This prompted me to think about dog boots as a possible solution. I’ve never tried dog boots with my two current dogs although I did try a set with my first dog Pepper years ago. However back then, there really were no really good dog boots as the ones we had were cheap plastic ones that never stayed on right.
These days, they make much better form fitted dog boots for our canine friends and some can even be custom made. The thing is if we go the dog boot way, I would have to put on eight dog boots since I have two dogs.
The other thing I can do is forget about dog boots and just not take them out if it appears too salty out there on the roads. I can just take them out in the backyard area even though they might not get as much exercise as a real dog walk.
Actually, if we time it right, at least my boy Chester would get a good enough workout playing with his doggie friends in the back but Roxie would need a better workout since she tends not to play with the boys.
If any of you have any experience with dog boots, I would love to hear about it. Please feel free to comment below or at my Dog Facebook page.