Pootons are energetic and lively. As a result, they require a bit more exercise than other breeds. This is no problem in the summer, when the sun is shining and you can go weeks without a spot of rain. But what about in the winter?
While necessary exercise, walking your Pooton in the winter poses its own risks. Here’s how you can keep your Pooton safe while keeping them active at the same time:
Know when it’s too cold
Before you head out on your walk, you should first know if it’s even safe for your pup to go outside. Pootons are medium-sized breeds with thick coats. As a result, they can withstand colder temperatures better than most. But all dogs have their limits. Without a coat or pair of booties (see below), your Pooton can withstand temperatures as low as 30 degrees. Anything lower than that, and your pup will need to bundle up.
If the temperature dips below 30, it’s time to invest in some winter gear for your Pooton puppy. Dog booties will protect your pup’s paws, while a doggy jacket or sweater will keep them warm when their natural coat just won’t do. However, it’s important to get your dog acclimated to wearing the booties and jacket before you head out on your first winter walk. You can find a step-by-step guide here.
Keep them on a leash
It’s tempting to let your dog off its leash to have fun in the snow. But a snow pile that looks small can be deceptively deep. If your dog jumps inside, they could become trapped. Not only that, but you never truly know what might be underneath a pile of snow. Play it safe and keep your Pooton on the sidewalk and the leash.
Find indoor alternatives
Winter weather is unpredictable. As a result, there may be days when you simply cannot take your Pooton out for a walk. During these situations, find ways to exercise your pup indoors rather than outdoors. Here are a few ideas to start with:
- Tug of war
- Hide and seek
- Kong toys
- Doggy treadmills
- Indoor obstacle course