Last week, we looked into the effects that winter can have on your furry friend. Although the snowy weather can be a fun time for both of you, some precautions should be taken to ensure the health of all parties involved. The Dog Wizard is your go-to locale for Cincinnati dog training. Our certified, professional dog trainers are here to educate you and your pup in the ways of proper dog training and handling. Part of our commitment to customer satisfaction is our passion for safety. Keeping you and your dog healthy and happy is our mission. This goal comes into play in all settings and seasons. Today, we’ll look at another factor that can come into play in a freezing environment.


Avoiding Ice


Although this plan seems obvious, it is common to underestimate the risks associating with glacier treks. Even if your dog has been educated by an amazing obedience training school (like us!), the dangers of ice are still very prevalent. Your canine may be sniffing a new area or simply running through some fresh snow. Unbeknownst to puppy, they could be standing on a body of water. The risks associated with falling through the ice are many for both canine and Homosapien. Our advice? Keep your eyes open and avoid known bodies of water. If you are fortunate to escape the freezing waters with your furry comrade, the threats of frostbite and hypothermia are now all too real.


Another factor with frozen water is its capacity for slipping. Icy conditions can be hidden under fresh snow. The chances of sustaining an injury skyrocket during these conditions. Walking your doggie during the winter can be good for both parties. However, hidden ice can be a huge surprise for either. Dogs with arthritis or hip issues are especially prone to trips and falls on the ice. Even if the canine clears the ice obstacle safely, the person on the other end of the leash may be in similar danger. We don’t want to see this happen to either of you! We would recommend avoiding outside times if at all possible during days that display icy conditions.


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Although we strongly denounce the act of leaving your dog outside for long periods of time in freezing weather, we still want to make sure all steps are taken to have a healthy canine. In cases where your pup is in adverse conditions, protective measures must be taken. For starters, a solid shelter that protects from the elements is vital. Doggies of all breeds need shelter from cold, wind, and moisture. Food, water, and comfort are all mandatory for your pet. Minimizing the risk of frostbite and hypothermia is very important for all parties involved.


We love spending time in the snow with our four legged friends. The exercise and excitement exhibited by your canine in the snow is a beautiful sight. However, precautions need to be taken to ensure that everyone is happy and healthy. When it comes to dog training in the Cincinnati area, our certified professional dog trainers are ready to impress. Contact us today to see how we can help you and your furry companion enjoy the cold weather!