Booties!!! Slow positive reinforcement is key to success! Take it Week by Week with these actions followed by a few treats and praise
Week 1: show your pet the booties daily immediately followed by a treat
Week 2: tap booties to their paws then treat
Week 3: put one bootie on and give treats and praise for one minute then remove
Week 4: put all booties on and give treats and praise for 5 minutes
Week 5: put all booties on and give treats praise and take outside: play distract have fun!
Jackets: in the picture you can see my little chiweenie’s parka. She will not poop without it! So if you have an older pet, they may have trouble with real cold temperatures. Please purchase a warm winter coat for them to do they duty in and get extra points if it’s stylish!!!
Walk outside with them: My girl will stop dead in her tracks if her paws get to cold and will make me pick her up! Make sure your older pet isn’t getting stuck outside or slipping on any ice. Watch them closely because even though they may not have had trouble when they were younger, they may find some as they get older and their joints become stiffer.
Warm up afterwards with a nice heated throw blanket or just a large hug!
A note on road salt: Winter sidewalk/road salt can dry out and crack your pet’s paws. So try to find a “pet friendly” salt like Morton’s “Safe-T-Pet” salt or make sure to wash their paws after their walks.
These few tips will make the winter friendly and warmer for both you and your pet!!!