So, how cold is TOO cold for your four-legged children? Here is a general rule of thumb for winter in Chicagoland. If your dog(s) are medium to large they should be able to handle a 30-minute walk if the temperature is above 20 degrees. Smaller breeds should be limited to about 15 minutes…and nobody should be out there walking if it dips below zero!
There really is no pat answer. Observe your canine (as we will). See how they are handling it. One thing we recommend, especially around here, is always factor in the wind chill. That has as much to do with comfort as the surface temperature. Also, consider snow cover. And naturally, we recommend a sweater especially for short-hairs.
There is no dog-walking manual for winter weather. What we bring to the table is experience and care. We are Critter Sitters of Aurora, Sugar Grove, Elburn, and throughout the Southern Fox Valley. Our loving staff of pet sitters always considers health and safety first and foremost. Just give us a call for a free in-home visit at (630) 844-9554.
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