Don’t stop walking your four-legged friend just because it’s winter. Here are 5 awesome tips for safely walking your dog in the snow and icy sidewalks.

1. Bundle Up

Dress properly for cold weather walking. Hat, gloves, boots, and a scarf are essential for enjoying winter walks with your four-legged companion. And remember, dogs get cold too. Keep Fido warm with a doggie jacket or sweater. Bundle up and stay warm!

2. Wear Your Best Shoes

Walk safely this winter! Prevent slip-and-fall accidents with high-traction shoes. Not only will a good pair of shoes keep your feet warm during a frigid walk, but they provide extra grip for safely crossing patches of snow and ice. With the proper gear, you can keep you and your dog safe from injury.

Snow Photo Credit: David Goehring (Flickr)

Photo Credit: David Goehring (Flickr)

3. Be Overly Cautious

Walking your dog in the winter calls for a cautious mindset. While a blanket of snow may look pretty, walking in these conditions can be extremely dangerous. Take shorter steps and walk slowly, especially in snowy or icy conditions. Avoid uncleared paths, stay off your phone, and watch out for icy areas.

4. Keep a Short Leash

Short or long leash? A shorter leash will give you more control over your dog’s movements and prevent pulling. It’s also helpful to teach your dog to sit down while you’re cleaning up after him or her. A simple, yet effective trick to avoid slipping and falling.

Dog Snow Photo Credit: Whity (Flickr).

Photo Credit: Whity (Flickr).

5. Take Shorter Walks

With risky winter conditions, it’s best to take shorter walks in the winter season. Don’t feel guilty, your pet will likely prefer the heat over the blistering cold. If all else fails, take your four-legged friend to a nearby dog park for ultimate winter fun and adventure.

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